Below are some examples of early transport. Prior to the introduction of the railways and trams, people either walked, cycled or rode in a horse drawn wagon to get to their destination.
The Great Western Railway (GWR) was founded in 1833 and Isambard Kingdom Brunel was appointed as the engineer. It was he who first introduced the broad gauge track of 7 feet but this proved unpopular because the steam trains built for this gauge were unsatisfactory. The broad gauge track was taken up in favour of the standard gauge in 1892. The big change came, however, with the introduction of trams in the early 20th century.
An early G.W.R. Steam Train.
With reference to the images of the trams above and below. I find them rather frightening - just like Daleks!! This vintage postcard is dated around 1900-1910 and provides a light hearted look at how the arrival of the trams may have affected the lives of the folk of that time.
Wolverhampton Corporation Tramways.
Open Top Car 35 fitted with "Bellamy" Cover at Kingswinford Terminus outside the Cross Public House. This was on the the Dudley Stourbridge Route. (Information from the supplier of this real photographic postcard).
Carters Green, West Bromwich - Trams.
Kinver. The Trams.
Car & Canal, Kinver.
A conservative estimate of the date of this photograph is probably just before or during the period of the First World War. Triumph produced the Model H Roadster with a 550cc side valve engine and three speed gears. This was considered to be the first modern motorcycle and 30000 machines were supplied to British and allied forces.
This is a photograph of 'Jeremy', a steam locomotive used at Round Oak Steelworks, Brierley Hill. The date is estimated as the late 1920's or early 1930's.
This photograph was taken around the late 1930's/40's. Before the 1950s, sidecars were quite popular, providing a cheap alternative to passenger cars. During WWII, German troops used many sidecar motorcycles.
I have added this photograph because it is a superb example of the transport in the 1930's/40's.
An estimate for this photograph is the 1920's/30's.
An estimate for this photograph is the 1930's/40's.
This photograph was probably taken around the 1940's/50's.
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