On this day … 12 December 1904

The Preston Guardian reported that work had started on construction of the new electric tramway system in Preston.

This marked the end of the horse-drawn trams that had served the town since the opening of the tramway from Preston to Fulwood in 1879. That tramway stretched for two and a half miles from the Church street end of Lancaster road to the Prince Albert Hotel, Fulwood.

The network was extended in 1882, with routes through the town from the bottom of Fishergate Hill to the Pleasure Gardens near the cemetery in Ribbleton, and from the Town Hall to Ashton.

Preston Corporation Tramways. Past & Present.
Source: Preston Digital Archive curated by Barney Smith

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