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The Green Goddess


Ex Liverpool tram number 869, officially known as a Bogie Streamliner, is seen here at the Tramways Museum in Crich, Derbyshire during the 1940s weekend. They were given the Green Goddess nickname after a film that was popular at that time.

Liverpool was the first city to have a public tram licence, granted by Act of Parliament in 1868, and the first trams were operating in November 1869, with 16 horse drawn trams. The streamliner trams were built in the 1930s to replace the older types, 869 was built in 1936. However in 1954 it was decided that the tram services would be withdrawn and replace by buses, with the last tram operating on the 14th September 1957. Glasgow Corporation bought the Green Goddesses but they were too large for most of the routes and eventually withdrawn. 869 eventually found it's way to the museum and has been restored to full running order.

I like to think I have vague memories of the trams, I should do given I was 9 when they finished. I do remember getting my front bicycle wheel trapped in the tram lines and going over the handlebars to land at the feet of a policeman in Lime Street so I suppose that could count.


The Green Goddess


Ex Liverpool tram number 869, officially known as a Bogie Streamliner, is seen here at the Tramways Museum in Crich, Derbyshire during the 1940s weekend. They were given the Green Goddess nickname after a film that was popular at that time.

Liverpool was the first city to have a public tram licence, granted by Act of Parliament in 1868, and the first trams were operating in November 1869, with 16 horse drawn trams. The streamliner trams were built in the 1930s to replace the older types, 869 was built in 1936. However in 1954 it was decided that the tram services would be withdrawn and replace by buses, with the last tram operating on the 14th September 1957. Glasgow Corporation bought the Green Goddesses but they were too large for most of the routes and eventually withdrawn. 869 eventually found it's way to the museum and has been restored to full running order.

I like to think I have vague memories of the trams, I should do given I was 9 when they finished. I do remember getting my front bicycle wheel trapped in the tram lines and going over the handlebars to land at the feet of a policeman in Lime Street so I suppose that could count.


comments (10)

lovely shot Les, like the way you have processed this
Les Auld: Thanks Derek, worked it over with Topaz in Photoshop.
Beautiful!
Les Auld: It is so, thanks for the comemnt.
Nice one Les. I went to Crich not so long ago and it is a great place to visit. Never went on a tram as a kid but I remember Trolley Buses from when we lived in Hampton when I was about 4
Les Auld: I remember trolly buses in Aberdeen, a long time ago though. Thanks for the comment Bill.
I have vague memories of them (trams) in Manchester, but of course the ones I remember most were the cream and green boneshakers of Blackpool.

Lovely shot Les and lucky to get a patch of blue sky.
Les Auld: It was quite a fine weather day Mike, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Apr 2010, 08:32
This is a gorgeous looking thing Les. I love trams but the nearest operating system to where I live is probably Birmingham
Les Auld: It does have a fine line to it Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 6 Apr 2010, 11:49
Wonderful
Les Auld: Truly so Vintage, thanks for the comment.
Lovely shot Les, hope you were not badly hurt when you went over your handle bars! smile
Les Auld: Grazed chin and sprained wrist Linda, thanks for the comment.
Excellent shot Les, I also enjoyed your set on Flickr as you know.
Les Auld: Thanks Brian, and for you comments on Flickr. If you do take your grandson then I would recommend the Woodland Sculpture Trail, some great carvings along the way.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Apr 2010, 13:08
So much more charm and appeal than the modern trams of Manchester and elsewhere. The trams in Southampton finished 6 months before I was born but the tram tracks stayed in the road for a lot longer, Even now, in the summer, a very small length is exposed on our Common (the trams were hidden under the trees during the bombing raids on Southampton during WWII).
Les Auld: There was an air of basic-ness about them though, certainly a touch uncomfortable. Thanks for the comemnt, intrigued to wonder just how the branches of the trees would protect them though Alan.
Joanie remembers the No 10 from Kensington to the Pier head..and only a penny for that journey..Nice one Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Ron, glad you both like it.

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