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.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in UK: Heritage and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s