Southport – Its former horse trams

I’ve blogged about Southport’s former tram system in the past but a visit to the reopening of Wirral Transport Museum the other day brought this tram into view:-

What’s more it had this description fixed to it:-

So this former horse tram once operated in Southport and was then sold to a Southport coal merchant before ending up in the former Steamport Museum in the Town. Here are 2 more views of it:-

Obviously it has been restored to its Birkenhead livery but as you can see there’s a nod to its Southport heritage via the advertising in photo 3.

Click on the photos to enlarge them

The lead photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Birkdale – It’s tramway into Southport – An historic photo

Whilst at the Merseyside Transport Trust Open Day on 9th July I came across and purchased this photo of a horse drawn tram in Birkdale:-

Is this shot taken on Cemetery Road, Southport? Can it be dated by anyone?

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The photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-

Here are links to my previous postings about Southport’s long-gone trams:-

Sadly since my May 2014 posting about Southport’s Pier Tram it has also ceased to run and been disposed of. I understand this was said to be the result of it being too heavy for the aging pier.

BTW – Are the 3 chaps in the photo my old friends and Birkdale Ward Councillors, Richard Hands, Simon Shaw and Iain Brodie Brown?:-)))