H.L. Grundy, softback, 54 pages, 26 illustrations, 1997.
Partial reprint of 1944 publication by The Tramway and Railway World Publishing Co., reset and with additional photographs, plus brief history of tramways from the 1862 horse tramways at Burslem to the demise of the SHMD in 1945. Covers tramways of North Staffordshire, Blackburn, Potteries, Wrexham, and Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley and Dukinfield.
Mr. Grundy’s reminiscences of various tramway systems during 52 years of public transport work are written in a colourful and amusing style. But this book is not just about running trams and buses, but also a Pig Club! To quote from page 42: “Every member is allowed three joints of pork during the year. All joints are numbered and balloted for, each department being represented when the draw takes place. This essentially fair method of distribution is the result of our experience after the first slaughtering, when slips were sent out to each member enquiring which joint he preferred. When the slips were returned and scrutinized it was found that 80 per cent of the members requested joints from the leg. I then had to send out further slips informing members that we were killing pigs, not centipedes.”
“…a different book giving a very interesting and informative read.” [Tramfare]