Tram crossing Bainsford Bridge

M & L National Series
Production date
Circa 1910
Postcard addressed to Miss M Smith showing a tramcar travelling south on Bainsford Bridge. The cantilever gantry supporting the overhead power cables is on the north bank. The tram conductor is adjusting the trolley which picks up the electrical power from the overhead cable.
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Production date
Circa 1910
Subject notes
The swing bridge was built in the summer of 1905 to carry the new trams. The Caledonian Railway Company, which owned the canal, objected to the original gantries because they obstructed the towropes of the horse drawn barges. The tram company replaced them in 1906 with cantilevered gantries that spanned the towpath.

The power for the overhead cables on the bridge was separate from the power to the cables on either side, so that it was automatically disconnected when the bridge was opened. This may be why the conductor has had to adjust the trolley.
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