Hardback | 64 pages | 150 x 200mm
Publication October 2018 | ISBN 9781912654338
The city of Coventry was to suffer devastating damage during World War II, with much of its historic centre – including its medieval cathedral – largely destroyed. Amongst the casualties was the city’s small tramway network; never extensive and already under threat before the war started, hostilities had resulted in the tramway initially been given a stay of execution – indeed services were restored to one route – but the attacks by the Luftwaffe, culminating in the disastrous raid of 14 November 1940, saw the final trams operate. Now, however, little remains to remind people of this once important form of transport other than historic photographs.
The Lost Tramways of England series documents the tram networks which were at the heart of many of Britain's growing towns and cities from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century. An informative, accessible and portable resource for the tram enthusiast as well as the general reader, and a superb souvenir or gift for visitors past and present.
Books in the Lost Tramways series:
- Birmingham South
- Birmingham North
- North Wales
- South Wales and Valleys
- Swansea and Mumbles
'Peter Waller is a knowledgeable writer on tramway matters and packs a lot of detail into each of these little books. They will be of interest both to tram enthusiasts and anyone interested in the transport history of the cities in question.' Review, the Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum
'These modest little books, of a size to fit comfortably inside a tram-conductor's pouch, are based principally on the photographic collections of the Online Transport Archive. The core of each is a pictorial journey down each route and they are therefore likely to be of almost as much interest to those who know the cities as to tram enthusiasts; given that none of these systems lasted into the 1950s, much of the surroundings pictured here will have changed radically.' Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society, July 2019