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Opening of Accrington Electric Tramways
Opening of Accrington Electric Tramways

Opening of Accrington Electric Tramways 1907


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Opening of Accrington Electric Tramways 1907

United Kingdom

Shown at Ellison's Tenement fairground in August 1907, this particularly attractive film won glowing reports from the local press, who delighted at the novel sight of "ladies, prettily attired [driving] three fine, spick and span, gaily decorated Accrington cars [performing] the taxing duty with admirable skill and judgement... accomplishing the four miles' enjoyable run without a hitch."

The film features some cheeky examples of advertising by showmen and their operators, who cunningly place a "Relph and Pedley's the Best" card in a prominent position at the front of the cab to ensure that their name is captured by the camera.




Police officers Accrington Mayors Trams Opening ceremonies Horse-drawn transport


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United Kingdom



Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

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