Trams in the Black Coun­try – the first time around

Black Country Bugle - - NEWS - By GAVIN JONES

WITH all the talk of the Metro ex­pand­ing into hith­erto un­reached cor­ners of the Black Coun­try, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that trams aren’t re­ally any­thing new in these parts.

And we doubt it took any­thing like as long to get them up and run­ning the first time round.

The hand-coloured post­card at the top of the page shows one trundling through West Bromwich’s Dart­mouth Square, around the turn of the nine­teenth/twen­ti­eth cen­turies. The only other traf­fic it had to share the roads with was pedes­tri­ans and horse-drawn ve­hi­cles.

Below is a later, sin­gledecker tram which ran be­tween Dud­ley and Stour­bridge. Ac­cord­ing to the notes on the back, this was taken in 1930, and shows the last tram to run the route. If only they hadn’t ripped up the tracks back then, they could have saved a lot of

Evoca­tive, hand-tinted im­age of West Bromwich’s Dart­mouth Square

The last tram to run the Stour­bridge to Dud­ley route, pic­tured in 1930

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