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Stockport's last tram. Mersey Square, Stockport, Sunday, August 26th, 1951.
Sunday evening, August 26th, 1951, marked the end of the fifty years old Stockport tram system as the last tram ran from Mersey Square to Reddish and back. Tramcar number 53 was the last tram and was decorated for the occasion with light bulbs powered from the overhead power supply. The last tram, driven by Jim Ball, carried the Mayor of Stockport and members of Stockport town council. Mr Henry William Bowers of Stockport had been one of the passengers on the town’s first tramcar in 1901 and now, fifty years later in 1951, he made the journey from Mersey Square to Reddish and back on the tramcar, thus giving him a unique achievement as a passenger. The boy in the foreground looking into the camera with the flash bouncing off his face, looks as though he may have been my older half brother, Barrie (1938 - 2003). If it was him, then he would have been a few days short of his 13th birthday at the time. As for myself, I would have been 4 and a half years old at the time and I was just old enough to remember riding on the trams from Cheadle Heath to Mersey Square and back. The photo is from the book “Super Prestige – Stockport Corporation”, a wonderfully written and lavishly illustrated tome by Harry Postlethwaite, documenting the history of Stockport trams and buses. The book is available from Venture Publications, 128, Pikes Lane, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8EH and is a must have for anyone interested in the subject.Stockport Viaduct
The Stockport Viaduct is a large brick-built bridge which carries a main railway line across the valley of the River Mersey, in Stockport, Greater Manchester (grid reference SJ89089030). Designed by George Watson Buck and completed in 1840, the viaduct is 33.85 metres (111.1 ft) high. At the time of its construction it was the largest viaduct in the world, and it represents a major feat of Victorian engineering and a key pioneering structure of the railway age. It is currently a Grade II* listed structure, and remains one of western Europe's biggest brick structures. History The 27 arch viaduct took 21 months to build and cost ?70,000; 11,000,000 bricks were used in its construction. It was officially opened on June 4, 1840. In common with Stockport railway station, the viaduct was also historically referred to as Edgeley Viaduct. At the peak of the work, 600 workers were employed in shifts – working day and night – to complete the structure. It was entirely built of layer upon layer of common brick. The engine house of the 1831 Wear Mill lay on the path of the viaduct- so the viaduct was built over it. The viaduct opened in 1842 with services running to Crewe, allowing passengers from Stockport to reach London.
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