Fountain Street was once the starting point for all Halifax Trams services travelling to King Cross Road. This tram traffic was previously dealt with in George Street.
This is a modern view of the previous photograph.
The Tramways Building, built in the early 20th century as offices for Halifax council transport, is now 'Harveys' shop and if you look closely you can still see the 'Tramways Building' sign at its peak. Harveys bought the tramways building in 1988
Halifax Tramways depot was built at Mile Cross/Spring Hall Lane/Highroad Well for the electric tramway which opened on 9th June 1898.
It could only accommodate 18 vehicles.
The depot was moved to Skircoat Road in 1905
The Halifax tram system was at its peak in 1929 with 106 trams running on 58 miles of track, and finally closed on February 14th 1939.
The local topography created difficulties for trams.
Buses gradually replaced the trams.
North Bridge Tram Disaster
Halifax tram strike started on 22nd August 1906, following the dismissal of Theorore Chadwick, the driver in the North Bridge Tram accident. On 31st August 1906, 20 drivers were brought from Bristol to help.
On 5th September 1906, a 13,000 signature petition was presented to the Town Council objecting to the Tramways Committee's action.
By the 15th September 1906, 40 drivers had returned to work and the strike ended
(taken from Calderdale Companion)
Tram at Skircoat Green
Tram on Union Street
Tram on Wards End
Tram at Illingworth
Tram outside Old Vic
Trams on Commercial Street
Tram at St.Jude's
Tram at Triangle
Tram at King Cross
Tram at Holywell Inn
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