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Tram Ride through Sunderland
Tram Ride through Sunderland

Tram Ride through Sunderland 1904


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Tram Ride through Sunderland 1904

2 mins United Kingdom

'Phantom ride' films, shot from a moving vehicle, were an enduringly popular part of the Victorian and Edwardian film repertoire. This wintery journey around Sunderland, though not quite the thrillingly new experience it might have been to its first audiences, survives as a memorial to a city almost totally unrecognisable today. Sunderland's tram system, inaugurated in 1900, closed in 1954.

It's worth watching the film through to its conclusion when the tram arrives at its final stop at the Roker seafront. Clearly invigorated by the sea air, two men (probably Mitchell and Kenyon's showmen collaborators) dance an energetic waltz around the forecourt of the Roker Hotel, before enjoying an impromptu game of 'catch' among the beach-pebbles, waves lapping in the background.




Street scenes Sunderland 1900-1909 Police officers Horse-drawn transport Carts Trams


Edwardian Britain on Film On the Move




United Kingdom



Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

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