Sunderland Tram 101
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South Shields 52’2, their last new tram, posed for the camera in the Dean Road depot yard. Notice the high step in the entrance and the folding doors. These doors were shut on the other side when the tram was in use, leaving a gap behind them into which anyone could fall (the two similar trams at Sunderland had the same problem). So, what was known as a 'wooden cracket' was used to drop into the gap behind the doors to prevent passengers from getting hurt and it had to be moved to the other…
Sunderland 99 is in its short-lived red and cream livery as it passes Dunns car and motorcycle showrooms opposite the Transport Department offices at the Wheat Sheaf and is bound for Southwick. Monday 21st August 1950 : photo by Arthur Staddon, colour by Malcolm Fraser
Sunderland 100 (ex MET 331) has just passed the Fulwell Road railway crossing. This busy scene also shows one of the English Electric cars of 1933, one of the ex-Huddersfield trams, a number of pre-war Daimler buses parked outside the Fulwell depot and one more tram is approaching in the far distance. Saturday 27th May 1950 : © TMS, photo by John H Price, colour by Malcolm Fraser
This is a good example of the glorious mixture which was the Sunderland tram fleet. Number 38'3 (ex-Manchester "Pilcher" 503) stands outside Hylton Road depot with tram 15 (which was new in 1900 and originally on bogies) on the left and number 7'2 (ex-Ilford 38) parked behind. Sunday 3rd October 1948 : photo by Richard Wiseman, colour by Malcolm Fraser
Beamish 13.04.2012. Running as No 101 in Sunderland colours is ex Blackpool 703
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This photo was taken just a couple of minutes after SCT-36'2-1108. Sunderland tram 36'2 has picked up its passengers and is heading away towards the town centre and then out to Fulwell. Tram 81 is approaching, heading for the terminus at Ocean Road. The Corporation Road Sweeper has not long since crept up the street, leaving its wet trail along the gutter and round the 1937 Standard 12 saloon parked on the right. Behind tram 81, a pre-war Ford Popular is passing Sunderland District bus 181…
Sunderland 27'2 is outside Woodhouse’s new walk-round store in Fawcett Street. Note the mother coming round the front of the tram to collect her pushchair (and baby?) from the platform. This will be unloaded in the middle of the road among the traffic on the main street, which was part of the A19 trunk road at the time. Thursday 21st September 1950 : photo by Clarence Carter, colour by Malcolm Fraser