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Days when trams ruled city streets; 60 years after the last service, we look back on a golden era of transport.

T IS a mode of everyday transport now long consigned to memory here in Merseyside.

IBut, once upon a time, Liverpool's tram system carried hundreds of thousands of commuters and visitors around the city every year, rattling and clanking their way through the streets.

As our images show, they were a part of everyday life in the days before roads were taken over by cars.

It is 60 years this month since the network was closed, the last tram running from the Pier Head to Bowring Park.

Of course, tram rides are still possible. The Wirral Transport Museum, in Birkenhead, houses a collection of these evocative old vehicles and on sunny days offers rides.

And, for visitors to Manchester or Blackpool, trams remain a key part of the transport system.

For us here, though, we can only look back in wonder at a once commonplace feature of city life now long gone.

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A waiting room in Prescot, typically used for the Liverpool tram line

Liverpool's last tram passes through Lime Street on September 14, 1957

The restored Tramcar 245 was taking fare-paying passengers for the first time in 58 years in Birkenhead, in 2015

The No. 49 Tram on Penny Lane, Liverpool - heading for Muirhead Avenue

The No. 11 tram passes the Owen Owen store (now Tesco) in Clayton Square

A tram stop in Clayton Square, in 1922, with a route board showing up-coming services

Reader David Webster, of West Derby, has sent in these photographs, taken by a relative of his - the late Harry Haddrill, of Bebington. Here, a tram is turning out of Edge Lane into Towersland Street. The buildings in the background were demolished for the widening of Edge Lane

In this picture, Tram 252 is turning into Crown Street, from Paddington, the day before closure in 1957. In 1934, a tram had overturned after crashing into one of the shops behind this tram

Here, the 232 has just passed under the Overhead Railway Bridge, into Mann Island. The unfinished Kingston House can be seen in the background

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2017
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