Friday, 19 May 2017

Our tram terminus


It’s a personal opinion but I don’t think our tram terminus has fared so well.

The lavatories are permanently closed the office building looks a little knocked about and it is the sort of place that you hope the bus leaves promptly and you are not waiting there for long.

All of which is a contrast to when it opened back on May 14th 1915 which according to one book was built as "a double track stub-terminal siding, complete with an office building, shelter and toilets,[when it] was opened on the west side of Barlow Moor Road between Malton  Avenue and Beech Road.  Trams entered and all left from the north end; not until 1929 was the south end linked.”*

Now I am not one to wallow in nostalgia but looking at this 1928 picture of the tram terminus, complete with gas lighting I rather think I will wallow for a short while.

Picture; from the Lloyd collection, circa 1920s-30s

Location; Chorlton-cum-Hardy

* Yearsley, Ian  and Groves, Peter, The Manchester Tramways : 90 years of progress 1988, p 80, information supplied by George Turnbull, http://www.gmts.co.uk/

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