Luton Trams: The Story Of A Small System, 1908-32
Outside the big cities, some small corporations saw a fully fledged tram system as the path to municipal warily. Luton was no great regional centre of commerce, it didn't hew coal, bend iron to its will, or send its machinery to every corner of the Empire. Rather, it made straw hats. Yet much was to change, and in the period of the trams 70,000 souls made their living in Luton, where like many British towns a solid base of manufacturing had grown up - the newly arrived industries taking cheap power from Luton's own electricity works. During the first decade of the 20th century car and commercial vehicle building was established, along with cookers, instruments, meters and ball bearing making. 1900 to 1910 also saw something of a Tram-mania', similar to the earlier 'Railway Mania but on a much smaller scale - during this time it became fashionable to have a tramway system, and no town of any size with any claim to civic grandeur considered itself complete without brightly-lit 'electric cars' threading their way through the narrow and often tortuous streets. These, Luton had aplenty...
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