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Title: OTD - 5th January (1960) - Swansea and Mumbles tram closes
Post by: grahame on January 05, 2022, 12:05:25 am
The Swansea and Mumbles Tramway was initially known as the Oystermouth Railway with earliest passengers carried from 1807 from what is described as "the world's first recorded railway station". It was, though, primarily a railway to transport coal, iron ore and limestone. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swansea_and_Mumbles_Railway .  So it feels particularly sad that this historic route was closed to rail on 5th January 1960, with motor buses taking over.  Pictures from that final day at https://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/nostalgia/rare-photos-showing-final-day-17003953

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/pdmum1.jpg)

(http://www.wellho.net/pix/pdmumx.jpg)


Title: Re: OTD - 5th January (1960) - Swansea and Mumbles tram closes
Post by: grahame on January 05, 2022, 09:48:30 am
Other electric passenger trams in Wales such as in Cardiff, and the Llandudno to Colwyn Bay, also closed in the middle of the last century in favour of (diesel) bus systems; only the cable trams on the Great Orme survived. I believe there were others - I can across another short-lived tram in Swansea during my research, running up "Mount Pleasant" ...


Title: Re: OTD - 5th January (1960) - Swansea and Mumbles tram closes
Post by: johnneyw on January 06, 2022, 12:26:30 am
Apparently, 5TH January 1913, the new Earls Court flyover junction on the London Underground opened.  Evidently it cost £70,000 at the time.



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