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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th July 1975 Piccadilly line extension from Hounslow West opened as far as Hatton Cross.go to related location

19th July 1947 Born today: Brian May, London, rock guitarist (Queen-We are the Champions)

19th July 1821 The Coronation of George IV in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

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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