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The weather was pretty bad on my visits to Sunderland: snow, rain, heavy cloud. I stayed INSIDE trams as much as possible!
I would like to thank several people for sending me information about these pictures. Each person's contribution is flagged with
a digit in brackets: my apologies to those people who sent me information before I instigated my attribution system.

  • [33] Peter Rose         
  • [43] Peter Hardcastle
  • [83] Malcolm Fraser   

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Sunderland tram tickets: front
Photo tickets1 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram tickets: back
Photo tickets2 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram on [43] Ryhope Road (the main south entrance to the city) on the Grangetown route. Tram no. 45, originally Portsmouth no. 1 [83]
Photo os_125 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no. 29, originally Huddersfield no. 144 [83], at Seaburn, via Roker, near reversing loop.
Photo os_126 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no. 77, new to Sunderland in 1921, originally had front exits [83], crossing Wearmouth Bridge.
Photo os_127 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram at Grangetown terminus, on pavement (sidewalk). This single-track stub was once the start of a rural route. This tram is one of the six ‘Pilcher’ cars bought from Manchester in 1947.[83]
Photo os_128 on 15/11/1952
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Sunderland tram on single-track terminal stub at Grangetown. This is tram number 72, new to Sunderland in 1921, originally had front exits.[83] See also os_128 above.
Photo os_131 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no. 39, originally Manchester no. 163 [83] in Fawcett Street, [33] in front of the Town Hall, which is no longer there: it was demolished in the 1960s.
Photo os_132 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no. 54 in Fawcett Street. [43] The building in the background, with columns, was Barclays Bank. No.54 was new to Sunderland in 1936 and originally painted with a bright chrome oxide paint which earned it the name ‘The Yellow Peril’. It was later repainted in the usual red and cream livery.[83]
Photo os_133 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no. 20 loading at kerbside/curbside in a one-way street. Tram 20 was ex-Accrington 43, on the single track section in Derwent Street and approaching the stop at Stockton Road. [83]
Photo os_134 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no. 52 (centre-entrance car and Sunderland's last new tram, built in 1940) [33][83] at north end of the railway station in High Street (the station entrance can be seen just to the left of the tram: [43] it is now a Littlewoods store).
Photo os_135 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram 93, and English Electric car new to Sunderland in 1933 [83], on reserved track along Durham Road. [33] This part of Durham Road, the A690 south-west entrance to the city, ran downhill westward from Ettrick Grove to a low point at Grindon Lane after which it climbed again to Herrington. This photo was probably shot diagonally opposite The Prospect public house at the cross road. The houses in the background are part of the Springwell Housing Estate.
Photo os_136 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland trams on reserved track along Durham Road. [43] This photo was taken not far from the terminus shown in OS_138: the terminus shelter is probably hidden behind the left-hand tram. On the left is no. 3 (ex-Ilford 34), on the right is no. 9 (ex-Ilford no. 40)[83].
Photo os_137 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no. 3, originally Ilford no. 34 [83]: Durham Road terminus on reserved track in middle of dual carriageway, [33] three quarters of the way to the top of the climb to Herrington. [43]The houses to the left of the shot may be Tanfield Road, Thorney Close (the area is generally known as North Moor).
Photo os_138 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no. 76, new to Sunderland in 1921, originally with front exits[83], on reversing spur at Wheatsheaf. [33] The "Cora Picture Palace" (cinema) is on the right.
Photo os_139 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no. 95, and English Electric car new to Sunderland in 1933 [83], at Seaburn via Fulwell, [33] at the end of Dykelands Road, Seaburn. On the other side of the white picket fence behind the tram was a miniature steam railway, and beyond it, a boating lake.
Photo os_140 on 16/11/1952
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Sunderland tram no 6, ex-Ilford no. 37 [83], in snow. This tram is on the Seaburn via Fulwell route, at the terminus where Dykelands Rd. [33] comes to a tee junction with Whitburn Road (see n27_9_4). At the bottom left of the picture, the tracks are converging to join for the stub terminus. If the track had been continued a few yards further along Dyklands Rd and had turned right onto Whitburn Road for maybe 100 metres, it could have connected end-on with the tracks in n27_9_3, 4 and 5.
Photo n27_9_2 on 07/03/1953
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Sunderland tram in snow at Seaburn via Roker terminus, Easter 1953. [33] The tram is No.51, an English Electric streamlined car new to Sunderland in 1938 [83].
Photo n27_9_3 on 07/03/1953
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Centre-entrance Sunderland tram at Seaburn, in snow at Easter 1953. The tram is No.51, an English Electric streamlined car new to Sunderland in 1938 [83]. There were two routes to Seaburn: via Roker (this one) which ran along the coast road, and via Fulwell, which came close to here along Dykelands Rd. [33] The car to the left of the picture is in Seaburn Terrace, standing outside what was a novelty shop/post office. The building behind and to the right of the tram is the Seaburn Hotel. The iron railings in the foreground surround the entrance to the below-street public conveniences. To the left, on the other side of the road, just out of view is the Seaburn Recreation Park, which can be seen to the left of the tram in n27-9-3 and n27-9-5 (which are the same spot, taken from the same side of the road but from different angles).
Photo n27_9_4 on 07/03/1953
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Sunderland tram at Seaburn via Roker terminus, in snow. The tram is No.51, an English Electric streamlined car new to Sunderland in 1938 [83].
Photo n27_9_5 on 07/03/1953

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