Works Trams of the British Isles

A Survey of Tramway Engineers' Vehicles

Peter Waller

Often little known and generally unfamiliar to the passengers that used tramways, works trams were an essential facet of the efficient operation of any system - large or small - and this book is a primarily pictorial overview of the great variety of works trams that served the first generation of tramways in the British Isles.
Date Published :
January 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
250 color & black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473862234
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
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Overview
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Often little known and generally unfamiliar to the passengers that used tramways, works trams were an essential facet of the efficient operation of any system – large or small – and this book is a primarily pictorial overview of the great variety of works trams that served the first generation of tramways in the British Isles. Although construction of most tramways was left to the contractor employed on the work, once this was completed the responsibility for the maintenance and safe operation of the system fell on the operator. The larger the operator, the greater and more varied the fleet of works cars employed; specialist vehicles were constructed for specific duties. Smaller operators, however, did not have this luxury, relying instead on one or two dedicated works cars or, more often, a passenger car temporarily assigned to that work. This book is a pictorial survey to the many weird and wonderful works cars that once graced Britain’s first generation tramways.

About The Author
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Brought up in Bradford, Peter grew up as the city's trolleybus network gradually declined. In 1986, Peter commenced in a career in publishing, working for a number of years as Ian Allan Ltds Publisher (Books), where he oversaw the commissioning and publication of a wide range of books. The first book that he wrote was British and Irish Tramway Systems since 1945 in 1992. Since then he has written a number of books on transport subjects. Moving to Shropshire in 2007, Peter is now a full-time author and editor. He is also a director and secretary of the Online Transport Archive, a director of Shrewsbury Dial-a-Ride, a trustee of the West Shropshire Talking Newspaper, a committee member of the National Railway Heritage Awards and a past president of the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury.

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