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Electric trams first appeared in Great Britain at the end of the 19th century. Horse-drawn tramcars had been around since the late 1870s, but it was the development of electric traction that tramcars really came into their own.
Single-deck trams, then double-deck open trams and later open-balcony trams became a familiar sight around the British Isles. Towns and Cities such as Glasgow, Sheffield, Blackpool, Southampton, Leicester, Leeds, Cardiff and London had extensive tramway systems.
But many systems were damaged in the Second World War, just as the trolleybus was gaining popularity, and the tram systems were gradually scrapped.
Fortunately, many examples of tramcars are persevered today, either in museums or in active service ï¿½ and this programme travels back in time to the height of tramcarsï¿½ popularity.
We visit various locations to find some of the best examples of restored trams ï¿½ from Sheffield, to Blackpool and from Glasgow to Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire ï¿½ and many are featured here, including:
The ï¿½Blackpool Standardï¿½
Tramcar 630 built by Brush at Loughborough
A modernised Balloon car with heaters introduced in 1935
Tramcar 74 Sheffield tram built in 1900 by the Electric Railway & Tramway Carriage Works, Preston, Lancashire.
Tramcar 510, built in 1950 by Charles Roberts & Co Ltd of Wakefield
AEC Regent 5 number 874 ï¿½ fitted with a body from Falkirk manufacturer Alexanders
Tramcar 460 built in 1926 by Cravens, on Staniforth Road in Sheffield
The oldest Glasgow tram number 543 ï¿½ a horse-drawn tram dating from 1894
Tramcar 1088 Standard Hex Dash Car built in 1924 by Glasgow Corporation Tramways
Tram 1282 Glasgow Coronation tram
Tramcar 1392 Cunarder tram
Metropolitan Electric Tramways No 331 Feltham tram built by the Union Construction Co. in 1929, nicknamed ï¿½Cissieï¿½.
West Ham tram number 102 – built in 1910 by the United Electric Car Company of Preston, Lancashire
Southampton 45 built in 1903 by Hurst Nelson