It’s hard to believe in 2019 that back in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s it was all the fashion to get rid of tramways and get rid of them virtually every UK town and city did – Liverpool in 1957.
The City had some really nice streamlined trams, the larger version of which gained the nickname ‘Green Goddess’ and if you are willing to travel to Derbyshire they have one at the National Tramway Museum at Crich – see link below. Sadly, each time I’ve been there it has not been one of the trams in use that day but you never know one day I’ll be lucky.
I would add that the smaller streamlined tram in Liverpool also had a nickname ‘Baby Grand’ and there’s a beautiful example of one at Wirral Transport Museum. It belongs to National Museums Liverpool. But I digress this posting is about the larger Green Goddesses.
The first two photo’s in the posting are from postcards.
The lead photo is of tram 293 built at Edge Lane Works in 1939. It is pictured at Hurst Gardens, Edge Lane Drive Liverpool in September 1957 in it’s special Last Tram livery. It is now I understand at Seashore Trolley Museum USA – Photo credit late Brian P Martin collection.
The 2nd photo is of tram 869 at the National tramway Museum Crich. It was restored in Liverpool by the ‘869 Group’ of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society. Photo credit unknown.
And finally a couple of shots I have taken myself – One at Crich of tram 869 in April this year and one of an OO gauge model of a Green Goddess on the model railway at Wirral Transport Museum:-
This photo is also amongst my Flickr shots at:- www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/
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:-
Well done to all the organisers and exhibitors it was well done and well worth their efforts.
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:-
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:-
Birkenhead Tram No.20 lovingly restored and running last Saturday.
An interesting day out last Saturday (with Lydiate photographer Keith Page) at Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society’s 80 year anniversary event held to commemorate the passing of all those years since the last public service tram ran in Birkenhead.
The modern tramway has been laid in more recent times and runs from Woodside Ferry Terminal to the Society’s Tram Shed/Museum at Taylor Street.
A modern recreation of a Birkenhead Tram. In fact it’s a former Hong Kong Tram in disguise
The tramway is run by volunteers and operates at the weekend and at other times during school holidays and is well worth a visit. Please check opening/tram running times before you set off though. At only £2 for a return trip on an historic tram its an economical day out too.
Here’s a link to the Society’s Facebook page:-
The first photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-
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.
No not a piano but a Baby Grand tram as this particular type of tram became known as.
The one I am talking about (former Liverpool Corporation tram 245) was restored to working order at Birkenhead Tramway Museum during 2015 but despite a number of trips over to Birkenhead I have still not been able to ride on it.
I thought last night’s ‘Night at the Tramway Museum’ event was cert’ for a ride as it was definitely running. However, Murphy’s law intervened as it broke down at the Woodside Ferry Terminal end of the line before Jen and I had chance to ride on it. We had to settle for a look around it as a static exhibit. Here are a couple of photos of the beautifully restored (Tram of the year 2015) Liverpool Baby Grand:-
Click on the photos to enlarge them.
The two photos above are on my Flickr page at:-