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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th October 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London

16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England

16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)

16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.

16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)

16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.

16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)

16th October 1925 Born today: Angela Lansbury, London England, actress (Jessica-Murder She Wrote)

16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.go to related location

16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn

Mr Train's Trams



Mr Train's Trams

The 1st horse-drawn tram service ran routes in London, 1861

Location: Kennington, SE11

Description: In 1952, after nearly a century of service the tram made its final appearance in London. The very last tram to rumble along the capital's streets arrived at south-east London's New Cross depot in the early hours of this morning. It was driven by John Cliff, deputy chairman of London Transport Executive, who began his career as a tram driver.

But trams had been around since 1861 when they were introduced into the London sprawl by a 'Mr Train'.

George Francis Train, (March 24, 1829 to January 5, 1904) was a businessman, author, and an eccentric figure in American history. While in Europe in the 1870s, he met and persuaded the Queen of Spain to back the construction of a railway in the backwoods of Pennsylvania...the beginning of the Atlantic and Great Western railroad. Train then went onto promote and build the first tramways in Britain in the face of strong opposition.

The first horse-drawn tram service ran routes in Bayswater, Victoria and Kennington from 1861.


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Mr Train's Trams

The 1st horse-drawn tram service ran routes in London, 1861


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