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ISBN: 9780857100481
AUTHOR: Robin Jones
Spirit of British Trams
Spirit of British Trams
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The world’s first streetcar line was in New York which began operating in 1832. However, it was an American, George Train, who opened Britain’s first true permanent street tramway, in Birkenhead on 30 August 1860.

The Edwardian era saw a mass explosion in the building and electrifying of tram routes in towns and cities throughout Britain, and by 1910, there were more than 300 tramways, nearly half of them opened in the first decade of the twentieth century. By 1914, the combined London area tram operators comprised the largest tram network in Europe. However, the First World War called a halt to the expansion of tramways, as tens of thousands of drivers, conductors and other staff joined the armed forces.

The writing on the wall for trams had by then begun to appear, with only five new lines opening during 1910-13. The motor omnibus had begun to arrive and offered far greater flexibility, especially in places where tram routes had been found to be unprofitable. The 1930s marked the start of a mass abandonment of tramways as road traffic increased. Around the beginning of the 1950s trams became the target of preservationists, and today major historic collections are held at the Crich Tramway Village, the Beamish Open Air Museum and the Seaton Tramway to name but three.

Commercial trams have also made a major comeback in Britain’s cities. Worsening road congestion following soaring levels of car ownership saw planners look again at the tram concept, and draw up several light rail schemes. Far from being an anachronism, such developments suggest that street trams may well have been ahead of their time.

Expert Robin Jones re-tells the story of Britain’s trams. In more than 60 images and with a sharp and incisive text, Spirit of BritishTrams is the ideal brief guide, in Halsgrove’s collectible, pocket-size format.

A graduate of the University of Central England, Robin Jones, founding editor of Heritage Railway magazine, was a news editor and chief investigative reporter at the Birmingham Evening Mail, and over the years has produced several books and special publications, along with historical features for numerous other newspapers and periodicals. He has been interested in railways from a very early age, when his elder brother Stewart took him trainspotting at Widney Manor Station in Solihull at the age of four, at the end of the British Railways steam age.

Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 048 1, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published July 2011.

The Dawn of SteamThe Dawn of Steam - £4.99
Through more than 60 colour images, this conveniently pocket-sized book by Robin Jones looks not only at Britain’s rich heritage of locomotives that have survived from the dawn of steam, but the many replicas made in modern times to ‘fill in’ the historical gaps, and where to see them today.
George & Robert StephensonGeorge & Robert Stephenson - £4.99
Railway specialist Robin Jones re-tells the story of the Stephensons – who rose from the humblest of beginnings to dominate the engineering landscape and to become true heroes of Victorian Britain.
Spirit of Narrow Gauge SteamSpirit of Narrow Gauge Steam - £4.99
Robin Jones looks at the finest of Britain’s narrow gauge steam today. In more than 60 images and with a sharp and incisive text, Spirit of Narrow Gauge Steam is the ideal brief guide, in Halsgrove’s new collectible, pocket-size format.
Britain's Bizarre RailwaysBritain's Bizarre Railways - £16.99
Robin Jones, founding editor of Heritage Railway magazine makes a welcome return with a book which opens many new doors into the understanding and appreciation of the concept of railways – however insane!
Electric TrainsElectric Trains - £4.99
Expert Robin Jones traces the history of electric traction in Britain, from these pioneering early days, through nostalgic underground trains and the “Brighton Belle”, right up to Eurostar and the Pendolino in the twenty-first century, when a large proportion of the national rail network is electrified.
Victorian SteamVictorian Steam - £4.99
Expert Robin Jones looks at the engines that made Victorian Britain’s railways the envy of the world. In more than 60 images and with a sharp and incisive text, Victorian Steam is the ideal brief guide, in Halsgrove’s collectible, pocket-size format.
Isambard Kingdom BrunelIsambard Kingdom Brunel - £4.99
In Halsgrove’s pocket-sized hardback series of great lives, renowned railway specialist Robin Jones re-tells the inspiring story of Brunel, engineer extraordinaire.
Shakespeare Country: WarwickshireShakespeare Country: Warwickshire - £14.99
Through more than 200 colour illustrations and a lively and informative text, Robin Jones provides the ideal guide to this much visited yet little known glory of England.
Spirit of PadstowSpirit of Padstow - £4.99
Robin Jones has been visiting Padstow for a third of a century, and yet still manages to discover something new and magical each time, as he reveals in this selection of more than 60 beautifully crafted images which sum up the true spirit of Padstow.
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