Liverpool – It’s 60 years since it lost its trams

Had a great day out yesterday with Keith Page reliving the age of the tram at Wirral Transport Museum where they were celebrating the 60th anniversary of the running of Liverpool’s Last Tram.

Sadly Liverpool no longer has any tram tracks so celebrating the 60th anniversary there was a non-runner. But over the water on the Wirral about a mile of track was relayed in modern times for the heritage trams of their Transport Museum and Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society to run on.

As part of the celebrations a 1950’s street scene was recreated on Pacific Road with Liverpool’s recently rebuilt tramcar 245 (owned by National Museums Liverpool) and other heritage road vehicles.

Here are some photos from the well attended event:-

1950’s Street Scene on Pacific Road, Birkenhead

1950’s Street Scene on Pacific Road, Birkenhead – An alternative view

‘Baby Grand’ Tramcar 245 at Woodside Ferry Terminal.

The first photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

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

Well done to all the organisers and exhibitors it was well done and well worth their efforts.

Liverpool’s Last Tram and how trams are steadily on the rise in UK cities

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From an original postcard that I purchased recently. Memories of what Liverpool and indeed many other cities lost when they ditched trams in favour of buses. Of course many cities are reversing the trend (not least because of diesel pollution from buses) and rebuilding their tram network – Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Edinburgh etc. Liverpool’s attempt to jump on this tram band wagon sadly failed spectacularly of course! A previous posting of mine refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2013/12/31/merseytram-finally-killed-off-in-2013-but-the-city-regions-public-transport-problems-remain/

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

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.

Liverpool’s Last Tramcar

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

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

SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 1957

Members of the Public who wish to ride on the LAST TRAMCARS, which will leave the PIER HEAD between 5-30 p.m. and 6-0 p.m. on 14th SEPTEMBER, are invited to apply on POSTCARDS ONLY for not more than TWO TICKETS, to :-

The General Manager
LIVERPOOL CORPORATION PASSENGER TRANSPORT
24 HATTON GARDEN, LIVERPOOL, 3

CLOSING DATE – SATURDAY, 24th AUGUST, 1957

If more applications are received that seats available allocation will be made by BALLOT and those successful will be notified to COLLECT TICKETS (Price 1/- Each) covering journey from Pier Head to Bowring Park and Return to Edge lane Depot.

RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT may apply for ONE FREE TICKET ON TRAMCAR provided for them. Their POSTCARDS should be ENDORSED “EX L.C.P.T.”

www.mtps.co.uk/

www.flickr.com/photos/trambo/2813879134/

www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/research/mappingmemory/themes/memories/memory-194.html

www.tramway.co.uk/