03 November 2011
Hi, I’m Chris Smyth and I am a member of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society. I work as a volunteer conductor on the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway; that’s me in the picture in front of Birkenhead Tramcar No 20.
No. 20 is at an iconic place in transport history – Birkenhead Woodside. Birkenhead Woodside is a landing stage for the Mersey Ferries and it is directly across the river from Liverpool Pier Head and its historic buildings – the Three Graces. Woodside is also the location where George Francis Train introduced the tramcar to Britain in 1860.
Join me on the tram and I’ll take you on a journey of just under a mile to a less well known treasury of transport history. At the other terminus, Taylor Street Depot there’s seven other trams, a fleet of vintage buses, a splendid model railway layout, cars, motor-bikes and much more.
In the winter months the Saturday and Sunday tram service is suspended however, Transport Museum on Taylor Street is still open. For more information please visit the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society.
The UK has the richest Railway and Tramway Heritage in the World. To find out more about the Heritage Railway Association and the Railway Preservation Movement please visit the Heritage Railways website. You will find a wealth of information including a map which vividly illustrates how many heritage railways, tramways and railway museums are to be found throughout the British Isles and links to their individual websites.
Posted by Chris Smyth, volunteer conductor on the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway
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