Trams and Buses
Railways were the main transport related interest of my father - that
much is made clear by the huge number of railway related photo's in the
collection. However trams, and to a lesser extent buses, also
seem to have been of interest to him. I know that a great
many people today like to see such pictures so I've included this
section for them. There is also plenty here for those who want to
see more of old Brum!
We were always a South Birmingham family. When my mother and
father met she lived in Kings Heath and he lived in Selly Park.
After they married Cotteridge became their home. When we moved
back to Birmingham in 1969 we settled in Stirchley. Even today,
much of what is north of Spaghetti Junction is a mystery to me...
As a result of this you will find a strong bias to the south in the
I noticed that many of the pictures were taken on July 4th 1953.
This didn't mean anything to me but a tram enthusiast got in touch to
explain the importance of this date - it was the last day that trams
ran in Birmingham! Peter has been kind enough to provide detailed
notes about the pictures which I'm sure will be of great interest to
lots of people.
When I created this page I took the decision to just show
large versions of the old pictures rather than the 'before and after'
approach because I knew it would take a while to provide current
pictures of the locations. Thankfully, working on my book
gave me the opportunity
to travel around the city so many of the
pictures do now have modern equivalents. Where a modern version is
available a pop-up picture is used. To find out if there is a
contemporary photo just
move your mouse cursor over the old picture and you should see a little
label appear saying, "Click for modern view". An example of this
is the Tram 839
the City Centre page. If you don't see the label on this picture
then use Google
to search for your
browser name and the word 'tooltips' to see how to enable this feature
for your web browser.
you like this site? Then you may be interested in my book...
To try and reduce download times I have divided
the photographs into
various sections. Please select the link of interest.