Liverpool – 1957 – A brouchure from when the City’s last tramcar ran

This 40 page illustrated booklet was printed by Tinlings of Liverpool a well known printing company of the day.

I was lucky recently to pick up a copy of ‘The First Sixty Years’ booklet which describes itself as ‘A pictorial record of the Liverpool Corporation Passenger Transport undertaking issued on the occasion of the last tramcar running in Liverpool on the 14th September 1957’

It’s a fascinating read and is well illustrated with photos of the trams, buses and indeed the people who worked for the Corporation’s Passenger Transport Department up until that date. Now, of course, passenger transportation in Liverpool is a Merseyside County-wide/City Region operation run by Merseytravel.

Liverpool’s last tram as depicted on a postcard *

I was interested to see the illustration below from the booklet of a tramcar that ran from Aintree to Aigburth until the 1930’s:-

What’s really good news is that two former Liverpool Corporation trams are alive and very well. One is easily accessed at Wirral Transport Museum in Birkenhead (it’s known as a ‘Baby Grand’) and the other (Liverpool Streamline Tram 869) is at the National Tramway Museum in Crich, Derbyshire. Both are in working order having been fully restored and the one at Wirral Transport Museum (Taylor Street Birkenhead) is regularly out on the track to and from Woodside Ferry Terminal on Museum open days.

‘Baby Grand’ Tramcar 245 at Woodside Ferry Terminal.

Liverpool Tram 869 at Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire.

* The tramcar was bought by the Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, Maine, U.S. and shipped via Boston, Massachusetts in 1958. As of 2017, it was at the back of a shed at the Museum, and in poor condition. – source Wikipedia

Aintree – The furthest north Liverpool’s trams reached

Liverpool’s once extensive tramway network got as far north as Aintree Sefton Arms/Queens Arms pubs and Aintree Sefton Arms Station/Aintree Central Station on Warbreck Moor road.

Whilst at a recent open day of the Wirral Transport Museum & Heritage Tramway, at their Taylor Street Birkenhead Tram Shed HQ, my eyes lighted upon Liverpool Tram No.762 sat in Taylor Street Tram Shed. It took my attention as the destination board was set for Route 22 – Aintree via Scotland Road.

In fact Route Number 22 and the Destination Board of Aintree seen in this photo seem to be slightly at odds as I understand that Route 22 actually went to Fazakerley whereas Routes 20 and 21 went to Aintree Sefton Arms/Queens Arms pubs.

The Wirral Transport Museum & Heritage Tramway, with its mile or so of track leading to Woodside Ferry Terminal from Taylor Street Tram Shed, will be celebrating the running of Liverpool’s last Tram on Saturday 16th September 2017. A link to their facebook Page is available below:-

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That last tram ran on Saturday 14th September 1957 although the Aintree route was converted to buses commencing Sunday 5th August 1951.

The 2nd photo is amongst my flickr photos at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Liverpool’s Trams – A fascinating historic film

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mWS5JZZEiA

If you have an interest in Liverpool in the 1950’s and the demise of its once very significant tramway network then you will want to view this YouTube film – see link above.

Liverpool Tram 869 (Not the last tram) in Crich tramway Village, Derbyshire. Photo from 2008

The filming was done by local man Alfred H Jacob.

Liverpool Tram – Restored at Crich Tramway Musuem

www.facebook.com/crichtramwayvillage/photos/a.409150363397.183068.312856868397/10153389484258398/?type=1&theater

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A great piece of conservation work. Must get to Crich for ride on it one day when all the work is complete. And of course there is another Liverpool tram that has recently been restored over in Birkenhead.

Merseytram – What happens when a project falls apart – The name gets put up for sale

Merseytram.co.uk – Premium Domain For Sale

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Searching for some papers the other day I came across this promotional bookmark for the ill-fated Merseytram project which I must have acquired at some point when the project was said to be a runner.

I checked out the web site address and unsurprisingly the domain is for sale.

These were the proposed routes serving eastern and south Liverpool

These were the proposed routes serving eastern and south Liverpool

Maybe one day a well-connected Merseytravel person will acquire the domain name and write up the bizarre history of this hugely expensive Liverpool tram line system which never got built but which millions of Pounds were spent on.