The Liverpool Tramways Company was authorised by Act of Parliament in 1868. It opened in November 1869 and its successors ran trams until 14 September 1957. The system ran from the Pier Head throughout the city.

Outside the city centre, the network was extremely advanced by British standards, with many miles of reserved track in the suburbs allowing sustained fast running unimpeded by other traffic.

The last tramEdit

Liverpool's last tram (No 293) ran from Liverpool's Pier Head to Bowring Park on September 14, 1957.

The car was bought by the National Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, Maine, U.S.A and shipped via Boston, Massachusetts in 1958. The height of the car and its low loader were too high to go under the bridges of Boston to get onto the highway to Kennebunkport, so special arrangements were made to transport it across Boston Airport and out of the back entrance on to the highway, thus avoiding the low bridges.

Car No 293 is, as of 2006, at the back of a shed at the Museum, and is in poor condition.


Horse car 43 is a static exhibit at the Wirral Transport Museum in Birkenhead.

Car No 245 is now under restoration, after many years in store, by members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society at the Wirral Transport Museum in Birkenhead.

Car 762 is operational at the Wirral Transport Museum.

Green Goddess

Liverpool 869 seen at the National Tramway Museum.

Car 869 (also known as a "Green Goddess") is operational at the National Tramway Museum at Crich in Derbyshire.

See alsoEdit

  • Merseytram - Proposal to re-introduce trams to Liverpool.

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Historic town tramway systems in the United Kingdom (v/t)


Alford and Sutton - Barnsley and District - Birmingham Corporation - Blackpool - Brill - Bristol - Chesterfield - City of Birmingham - Dearne District - Derby - Doncaster - Grimsby & Immingham - Grimsby District - Heaton Park - Hull - Ilkeston - Liverpool - London County Council - London United - Maidstone Corporation - Mansfield & District - Matlock - Mexborough & Swinton - Nottingham Corporation - Nottingham & District - Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire - Rotherham - Scarborough funiculars - Sheffield - Southampton - Volks Electric - Warrington - Wisbech and Upwell - Wolverton and Stony Stratford


Great Orme - Swansea and Mumbles Railway - Pwllheli and Llanbedrog


Glasgow - Scottish Tramway and Transport Society

Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway Tramway

Isle of Man

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway - Douglas Southern Electric Tramway - Manx Electric Railway - Snaefell Mountain Railway - Upper Douglas Cable Tramway


Maley & Taunton