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A History of the British Steam Tram Vol 1


Early chapters set the Victorian scene, with one, Trams & Traps, telling how the posh lot in Erdington, Birmingham, kept the trams out of the area, having a dislike of unwashed Arry's and 'Arriet's descending on their upmarket streets. Also includes a sideways look at some of the problems met with pioneer engines, heavily circumscribed in design as they were by the Board of Trade and there follows a roll call of British locomotive builders and including magnificent drawings and photographs. These firms include Beyer Peacock of Gorton, Manchester; Black Hawthorn, Gateshead; Thomas Green & Son, Leeds (he of the steam lawnmower and around 300 tram engines); Hughes/Falcon/Brush of Loughborough; Kitson of Leeds; Manning Wardle also of Leeds; Merryweather & Sons of Greenwich who not only built fire engines but those for tram use, and Wm. Wilkinson of Wigan with his 'coffee-pot' boilers.


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