The London 'E/1' Tram

Peter Waller

Probably the single most numerous of tramcar constructed for operation on Britain's first generation electric tramways, the London County Council's ‘E/1' class had an operational history that stretched for almost 50 years.
Date Published :
January 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Great Tramcars
Illustration :
200 color & black and white illustrations & diagrams
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526709080

Dimensions : 11 X 8.5 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 208
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Overview
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Probably the single most numerous of tramcar constructed for operation on Britain’s first generation electric tramways, the London County Council’s ‘E/1’ class had an operational history that stretched for almost 50 years. The first were produced towards the end of the first decade of the 20th century and the last were withdrawn with the conclusion of ‘Operation Tramaway’ – the final conversion of the once great London tramway system – in July 1952.

Over the years, more than 1,000 were built for operation by the LCC with similar cars being constructed for a number of the council operated systems in the capital prior to the creation of the LPTB in July 1933. The last batch – effectively rebuilds of single-deck cars that had once operated through the Kingsway Subway prior to its modernization – not completed until the early 1930s. During the 1920s the LCC cars had undergone a Pullmanisation program and, during the following decade, a number underwent the LPTB’s Rehabilitation scheme. Moreover, with the removal of the restriction on the use of enclosed lower-deck vestibules, many others were converted to full -enclosed during that decade.

Although withdrawals commenced in the 1930s, as the tram system north of the river was converted to trolleybus operation, and others were lost as a result of enemy action during the war, a sizable number survived to the system’s final days.

This book examines the history of this important class from development through to preservation.

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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