Peter Waller, Tramways, Lost Tramways of Wales, Cardiff, Graffeg

Peter Waller

Brought up in Bradford, Peter Waller grew up witnessing the gradual decline of the city’s trolleybus network. He studied history at university and also has a masters degree in industrial archaeology. In 1986, he began a career in publishing, working for a number of years for Ian Allan Publishing Ltd where he oversaw the commissioning and publication of a wide range of books. His first book, British and Irish Tramway Systems since 1945, was published in 1992 and since then he has written extensively on transport subjects. Moving to Shropshire in 2007, he is now a full-time author and editor and well as being a director and secretary of the Online Transport Archive and a committee member of the National Railway Heritage Awards.

In June 2018 Graffeg released the first four titles in the Lost Tramways of Wales series, covering Cardiff, North Wales, Swansea and Mumbles and South Wales and Valleys.

The next four Lost Tramways books, the first in the Lost Tramways of England series, are scheduled for publication in October 2018. These include Bristol, Coventry, Nottingham and Southampton.

Books

Lost Tramways of England: Southampton

During the late 19th century the port and city of Southampton expanded rapidly and, to cater for the growing population, a network of trams – horse initially but latterly electric – grew up. Expanding through until the late 1920s, the next decade saw the system begin to decline but, given a reprieve by the onset of World War II, the remaining trams – many of which were open-top – soldiered on into the years of post-war austerity.
ISBN 9781912654369, £8.99

Lost Tramways of England, Peter Waller, Graffeg, Nottingham

Lost Tramways of England: Nottingham

Now the proud possessor of one of the country’s second-generation tramways, the city of Nottingham had two traditional electric tramway operations – that of the corporation and that of the Notts & Derby company. Dominant for the first 25 years of the century, by the mid-1920s a new form of transport – the trolleybus – came to epitomise the future and all of the city’s first-generation trams had been withdrawn by the mid-1930s.
ISBN 9781912654352, £8.99

Lost Tramways of England, Peter Waller, Graffeg, Coventry

Lost Tramways of England: Coventry

The city of Coventry was to suffer devastating damage during World War II, with much of its historic centre – including its medieval cathedral – largely destroyed. Amongst the casualties was the city’s small tramway network; never extensive and already under threat before the war started, hostilities had resulted in the tramway initially been given a stay of execution.
ISBN 9781912654338, £8.99

Lost Tramways of England, Peter Waller, Graffeg, Bristol

Lost Tramways of England: Bristol

The city of Bristol once possessed an extensive electric tramway network with routes radiating out from the centre to places like Westbury-on-Trym, Brislington, Hanham and Bedminster Downs. Now, little remains to remind people of this once important form of transport other than historic photographs.
ISBN 9781912654345, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Lost Tramways of Wales: Cardiff

This rigorously researched account, photo-illustrated throughout, details the history of Cardiff’s tramway and the city at the time when these services were in regular use, guiding you through its story station by station.
ISBN 9781912213122, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Lost Tramways of Wales: North Wales

This rigorously researched account, photo-illustrated throughout, details the history of the area’s tramway and the character of these popular seaside resorts at the time when trams were in regular use, guiding you through its story station by station.
ISBN 9781912213139, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Lost Tramways of Wales: South Wales and Valleys

Rigorously researched and photo-illustrated, the book guides the reader through the story of tram services in south Wales station by station, tapping into aspects of life in Wales which have now vanished, and highlights the rich heritage which remains.
ISBN 9781912213146, £8.99

Lost Lines of Wales, Tom Ferris, Graffeg

Lost Tramways of Wales: Swansea and Mumbles

Rigorously researched and photo-illustrated throughout, the book details the history of Swansea’s tramway and the city at the time when these services were in regular use, guiding you through its story station by station.
ISBN 9781912213153, £8.99