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The Tramcar will Return-bookcover

By: Anthony Young

The Tramcar will Return

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Electric tramways formed the backbone of most towns and cities in the first half of the twentieth century. But when they got in the way of cars, they had to go. People loved their trams, they took them to school, to work, to go shopping, to the cinema and to football matches. When the last Glasgow tram ran in 1962, a quarter of a million Glaswegians braved the pouring rain to say goodbye.

Thirty years later, trams were re-invented to help combat congestion and environmental impacts of the car. Both eras are covered in this book by an engineer who witnessed the demise of the tram and its revival, playing a major role in getting trams onto the streets of Manchester in 1992. Now trams are running again in London, Edinburgh and cities in between.

This is a personal story about the last tramways in Britain and the new generation of light rail systems, a term invented to avoid any confusion with old double deckers clanking down the middle of the road. It is interlaced with stories of tramways in the UK, Europe and beyond, gained when working as an international light rail consultant.

A civil engineer turned transport planner, Tony Young has spent his life with trams. After graduating from Leeds University, he undertook transport research at the Universities of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield and Salford, and then joined the new SELNEC PTE in Manchester. He led the technical team that brought street-running trams back to Manchester in 1992, the first new tramway in the UK. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport and a Churchill Fellow. Tony’s wide light rail experience has taken him around the world working on new and existing tram systems. 

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