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London United Tramways

A History 1894-1933, 1st Edition

By Geoffrey Wilson


288 pages

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With the twentieth century arrived the first electric tramcars in London. Thirty years later the first trolley buses arrived - along with a fleet of new trams that were the most modern of their day. This era was one of rapid change, rich in achievement adn personalities. Among the more colourful of the undertakings involved was London United, which introduced the first public service of electric tramcars in 1901 adn became one of the predecessors of the present London Transport.

This is a study of this eventful period, relating the development of the tramway and trolleybus system to the changing social background. It contains a wealth of hitherto unpublished material, both factual and anecdotal, taken from contemporary newspaper and other accounts, and a remarkable collection of illustrations - 48 pages in all. It should be of interest not only to the transport enthusiast but also to the general reader interested in social history.

This book was first published in 1971.

Table of Contents

1. Enter Robinson

2. The opening shots

3. Battle grounds

4. Electrics at last

5. Junkets - and hard bargains

6. New ground - and 'underground'

7. Mainly Robinson

8. Hampton Court and Uxbridge

9. Into Surrey

10. Rounding off

11. Chill winds - and new brooms

12. A 'Tramway King' pass

13. LUT, MET and BET

14. Wartime readjustment

15. Spencer makes his mark

16. Mild revival

17. Modernization

18. Finale

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography