I posted about Southport’s trams not so long ago (12th January) and then quite by chance I found out about a meeting at the Greenbank Centre in deepest South Liverpool on 17th February run by the Tram and Light Railway Society. At the meeting a chap called Ron Phillips would be giving a presentation about Southport’s Tramways. I had to go of course.
A fascinating talk it was too and a few folk from far flung Southport even managed to get there.
Some interesting facts –
* A tram was ceremonially burned at Canning Road Depot on the last day of tram operation in the Town in 1934.
* Southport’s famous red and cream livery was introduced in 1919. I recall the fuss when sadly the buses lost that livery in the 1980’s.
* Southport is so flat that the usually two motored trams needed only one motor to run successfully.
* The photo’s above are are of hand made models of actual Southport Trams. With apologies for the poor quality of the photo’s which is my fault.
Our local tramway preservation society is based in Birkenhead; take a look at their web site linked below:-