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Crossgates Road, tram no.2099

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Crossgates Road, tram no.2099
Description:
21st February 1950. View showing tram no.2099, bound for Whingate on route 16, outside the Regal Cinema on Crossgates Road, the tram terminus for Crossgates. Shops on Regal Parade are seen on the left. Tram 2099 was the first of the Felthams to arrive from London when it came on trial in September 1949. At the time of the photograph it was still in London Transport Livery and bearing its London Transport number, but it would change to no.501 when others of its class joined it in August 1950. Following the demise of the tramway system it was preserved and returned to the capital to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, where it was restored to its former London Livery.

User Comments:

Name:
Ron Davies

Comment:
Before the war my father had been a tram driver, but sadly due to war injuries never worked again. Whilst he was laid up in The Prince of Wales Hospital in Plymouth in 1940, my mother wrote in one of her letters to him an update about what was going on at Leeds City Transport. She was quite scathing in her remarks about some of the women who were taking a more active role on the trams while the men were at war. At Cross Gates two trams had been parked, and the conductresses had gone in the nearby pub, where one of them was taking part in a singing competition. They were both apparently drunk and had taken their cash bags and ticket holders into the pub. The drivers had to return to Torre Road Garage to report them to an inspector, they not surprisingly got the sack. In a seperate incident a conductress had taken exception to a remark a man had made to her, at which point she laid him out with her ticket holder.

Date:
03-Feb-2010

Email:
rondavies66@googlemail.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
Good heavens!!! I can't imagine that those two would have been sacked in this day and age. They would have no doubt been given a verbal warning and told not to do it again. Mind you, they would most likely have appealed and moaned about being called conductresses and not "conductor persons", and then gone on to claim that their human rights were being abused by not being allowed to go off and get drunk while at work. Good grief!!! Whatever is the world coming to? Their employers would probably have asked them to maintain good time-keeping as well - - - such effrontery.

Date:
28-May-2011

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Graham Walker

Comment:
poignant memories,used to wait for my future wife on the steps of the Regal on Friday nights(early 50s) after I finished work at Swales butchers along the parade, she came on the tram from the Sutton estate

Date:
13-Mar-2014

Email:
grahamwalker37@yahoo.co.uk

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