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Merthyr Tramcars

 

 The Merthyr Electric Traction & Lighting Company (a subsidary of  the British Electric Traction Company) opened  the tramcar service on Good Friday 6th April 1901 and operated 16 tramcars. They ran from Cefn Coed to the Bush Hotel Dowlais,   from Pontmorlais Circus to Graham Street. The service closed onl Wednesday the  23rd August 1939.

 

The Tramcar Depot (Traction Yard), At the top of Trevethick Street,  Previously the site of the Penydarren Ironworks, later it became the Home of Morlais Services, operators of Morlais Coaches.

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The Generating Plant

The Generating Plant and Switchgear

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The Generating Plant with two staff members, one very young

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The Depot.

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Merthyr Tramcar Staff photograph at the depot.1903.

Mervyn Davies tells us that his grandfather Mr Walter Davies is in the back row 5th from the left.

(Photograph courtesy of Mervyn Davies)

Traction Yard  - The depot.

 

Merthyr Tramcar - No. 4 at the Depot

(Photograph Courtesy of David Williams)

Tramcar No. 7 at the Depot

   

Tramcar No. 7 at the Depot, Trevethick Street extreme left.

(Photograph Courtesy of the Geoff Matsell Collection)

Tramcar No. 2 at the Depot

   

Tramcar No.2 at the Depot

Unidentified Cefn Coed Tramcar at the Depot

   
 

 
 
Inside the Depot.

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Inside the Depot.

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The Merthyr Electric Traction & Lighting Company

purchased a number of second hand cars from it's fellow BET group member the Birmingham and Midland  Tramways Joint Committee. One is shown here following it's rail journey to the Merthyr Taff Vale Railway Station in Plymouth Street, being drawn by horses  on the final leg of it's journey, to the Traction Yard.

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Tramcar  No 14 at the Bush Hotel, Dowlais. 1938  

 

Tramcar No 14 at the Bush Hotel

On the left is Walter Davies.

(Photograph Courtesy of Walter Davies' son, Mervyn Davies)

Tramcar No. 6 with Conductor Walter Davies

(Photograph Courtesy of Walter Davies' son, Mervyn Davies)

Tramcar No 11 at the Bush Hotel

   

 

 

 
Tramcar No. 12 at the Bush Hotel, Dowlais

 
Unidentified Tramcar at the Bush Hotel, Dowlais

 

Tramcar No 10 going down Dowlais High Street,  just about to pass the works

(Postcard Courtesy of Mrs Gill Thomas, West Grove.)

Tramcar on the New Road Dowlais

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Tramcar No3  High Street, Penydarren opposite the Norton

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Tramcar  No 7, High Street, Penydarren. 1912.

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Tramcar No 8, Lower High Street, Penydarren

 
Tramcar No. 3 at the General Hospital

Tramcar No 5 at the Theatre Royal

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Tramcar No2 at approaching Pontmorlais Circus July 1938.

 
Tramcar at  Pontmorlais 1914, the time of the  rail renewal. A hive of activity.

 
Unidentified Tramcar at Pontmorlais

 

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