Trams and Trolleybuses

Trams and Trolleybuses

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From the horse-drawn trams of the nineteenth century to the larger electric models of the early twentieth, this reliable form of public transport revolutionised town travel by making it affordable enough for working people to use. From the 1930s, the rise of the trolleybus, which also picked up power from overhead cables but ran without expensive tracks, looked set to supersede the tram - but ultimately, by the 1950s, both fell victim to motor buses and private cars. However, since the 1980s the environmental benefits of light rail have encouraged a growing comeback for trams on our crowded and polluted city streets. Using beautiful contemporary photographs, this is the fascinating story of the rise, fall and revival of this everyday, yet sometimes controversial, mode of urban transport.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 149 x 210 x 7.62mm | 153g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784422487
  • 9781784422486
  • 2,190,542

Table of contents

Horse and Rail
Steam and Cable
Going Electric
Through War and Peace
From Blitz to Closure
Light Rail Renaissance
Further Reading
Places to Visit
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About Oliver Green

Oliver Green is a museums consultant and writer. Former Head Curator of the London Transport Museum, he is the author of a number of books relating to London transport history, and transport art, including The Tube and Discovering London's Railway Stations for Shire. Oliver is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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