Operation Tramaway - The End of London's Trams 1950-1952
'In 21 months the face of London has been changed', London Transport chairman Lord Latham claimed in 1952 after 'Operation Tramaway' had replaced the capital's 800 surviving tramcars with buses. Trams along the Embankment and over Westminster Bridge were as much a part of the London scene as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and who could have imagined the Elephant & Castle or the Old Kent Road without trams? Now, as the crowds bade farewell to the last cars, all was changed, and droves of new buses took to the streets.
The conversion programme of 1950-52, codenamed 'Operation Tramaway', was the culmination of a process begun in the 1930s but halted by the war of 1939-45, after which London's remaining trams were replaced not by trolleybuses as in the prewar plan, but by motor buses. The conversion entailed elaborate and meticulous preparation - the reconstruction of depots, the retraining of drivers, the allocation of new vehicles, and the planning of routes.
This book aims to recall something of the excitement and promise of the hectic days of that transition period. Illustrated with over 150 photographs and maps, this book is more than an exercise in nostalgia; it is a vivid re-creation of a crucial phase in London's transport history.
Hardback with dust jacket, 112 pages, over 150 black & white photographs
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