Sesquicentennial of Birkenhead horse trams.

Street railways, as we call them in America, were introduced to Britain — and Europe — 150 years ago this week when Yankee entrepreneur George Francis Train opened a horse drawn line in Birkenhead. The event has been commemorated with a Transport Trust ‘Red Wheel’ plaque, as described here.

Birkenhead’s tram system survived for 77 years, until electric tramways were abandoned in 1937. But part of the original horse tram route is once again under wire, as trams have returned to the area under the auspices of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society’s heritage operation.

For information on the commemoration, read this BBC account. For an overview of Birkenhead’s transport history, visit this page.

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