06 Apr 2010 • 1,089 views
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 However in 1954 it was decided that the tram services would be withdrawn and replace by buses, with the last tram operating on the 14th September 1957. Glasgow Corporation bought the Green Goddesses but they were too large for most of the routes and eventually withdrawn. 869 eventually found it's way to the museum and has been restored to full running order.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.
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