LCC Electric Tramways
Author Robert J. Harley presents a meticulously researched and comprehensive story of the beginnings and the heyday of the electric tram in London. It covers the politics with the LCC battling the boroughs, who had a veto on the creation of tramlines in their areas. The resulting odd features of the network and the substantial gaps in central London are explained. The politics of the LCC itself meant that grand plans were made and shelved, that the ground-based conduit power system ruled until political changes favoured the cheaper overhead wires. Metropolitan hubris also ruled with London's pride insisting on techical features that experience elsewhere had proven to be less than successful. The relationships with neighbouring tram systems, some good, some bad decided whether through trams ran to the edge of the conurbation or whether there was actually a gap between the ends of the rails!
Hardback with dust jacket, 176 pages, numerous well-captioned black & white photographs
Condition: Good with tear approx 2 cm to dust jacket at rear
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