I picked up this postcard at Wirral Transport Museum recently and having tracked the same photo down in the book ‘Southport in the age of the tram’ by James Dean & Cedric Greenwood I can say that the authors say this of it:-
Company cars 16 and 11 pass on Lord Street at the junction with Eastbank Street Square about 1907-08. The book credits the photo to the Geoff Price Collection. They go on to say that the neo-Elizabethan timbered building on the right is Lomas’s (later Cannell’s) a high-class fashion store which opened in 1905
Click on the photo/postcard to enlarge it.
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
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/
The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site – see link below:-
Any politician who lived through the Merseytram fiasco (I did) must wince when they hear that there could be plans to reintroduce modern streetcars on the Wirral. Merseytram was Merseyside politicians shooting themselves in both feet!
But hey lets try to be positive as streetcars/trams/light rail are the future for urban transportation especially over shortish routes and I’m a fan of them having recently experienced the excellent NET tram system that runs in and around Nottingham.
A Nottingham NET Tram at the Phoenix Park terminus.
What’s more inter-political party co-operation on the Wirral with both the Lib Dems and Greens co-sponsoring the matter on their Council. Not usually a very British way of doing politics because political parties are expected to oppose the ideas of other parties, even when they agree with them, simply because the ideas are from another party. Whatever next? I bet the national press will not want such political cooperation to bed in into our adversarial political culture as it’s the pointless party political battles they love to report upon.
Also Wirral Transport Museum and the tramway which runs from their Taylor Street premises to Woodside Ferry Terminal gets a mention in the Liverpool Echo article. The museum is well worth a visit and you can ride on old fashioned trams there too, like this one:-
‘Baby Grand’ Liverpool Tramcar 245 at Woodside Ferry Terminal.
With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting
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:-
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.