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There are a great many photographs & postcards available about Sunderland trams. Or related to the general subject of trams in Sunderland. I will show a few of them on this page, as they come to hand, from sources where their use here will likely not be of concern.

To save repeating the comment many times, I often do not present the entire available image - rather such portion of it which is, to me. the most interesting. In many cases a larger image is available by clicking the particular image.

A great many indeed most of the images on this page appear thanks to Malcolm Fraser.

An Allan Fulcher? ('allfulcher') slide presentation that features many images of Sunderland trams. Thank you Allan. Do visit - you will enjoy it, I am sure! One of the images graces this page below.

1) The first image appears here thanks to the kindness of Malcolm Fraser. Who saw the previous image on this page, ex an e-Bay item, & has provided a wonderful replacement image. Malcolm advises that the three Sunderland Corporation Tramways trams shown below, #35, #25 & #45, both single & double-decker, are at the Wheat Sheaf depot in Jun. 1902. All decorated to celebrate the end of the 2nd Boer War (Oct. 1899/May 1902).

2) The caption to the next image, which was posted on 'Sunderland in Pictures' on Facebook, read as follows when it 'HRD 5 Official opening of Hylton Rd Depot, September 30th 1903'. The Facebook page is here. We thank whoever posted it - name unknown.

3) Below a second image thanks to Malcolm Fraser. A group photograph of the employees of 'Sunderland Corporation' at Hylton Road depot in 1904.

Malcolm advises that Archibald Dayson, the General Manager, is in a light suit & is sitting in the second row. And there he is, in the thumbnail at right. Again the image is Boer War related. Malcolm asks us to note that some of the men in the front row are wearing their Boer War medals - as indeed is the fellow in the front at right.

4) A fine undated image of a 'Circle Line' tram. Is it possible that anybody could tell us about it?

5) Sunderland Corporation water car, No. 51, seen in the Wheat Sheaf depot yard in 1907 after the fitting of a larger tank and sprays. It was used for washing the tram tracks, mainly because of all the horse manure on the roads in those days. It wasn't needed after motor traffic took over from the horses & was withdrawn in 1932. Another image that appears here thanks to Malcolm Fraser.

6) Another staff image! 'Staff and Employees of the Sunderland District Tramway Co.' The card was offered on e-Bay by 'pipwicks' who advised that the image dates from 1908. It sold, on Apl. 2, 2010, for GBP 12.84 or U.S. $19.62.

7) An early image of tram #44. Taken at Fulwell Road at the junction of Sea (view) Road. The image is thanks to Clive Ketley, who advises that the shop on the right is still there. It was 'J. W. Stores' when Clive was a boy but is now a 'DIY Maxwell's'.

8) Car #7, pictured (below) around Sep. 1900, is about to reverse over the cross-over at the terminus at the south end of Roker Terrace, short-working to High Street (Mackies Corner). One of eight cars supplied for the opening of the system, it has no headlights but these were fitted at the end of the year. The lines to the right of the car stopped short at this time but were extended to Sea Lane in May 1901. Another image thanks to Malcolm Fraser.

9) The next image, of car #18, has an interesting story to tell. Malcolm Fraser advises that it was one of six cars (13-18) delivered by Dec. 1900. These cars were equipped with 'bogies' mounted at both ends near the platforms rather than a single large 'truck' like that of car #7 above. These 'bogie' equipped cars were not a success, however. They could not cope with the sharp curves on the system & constantly derailed as a result. So they saw very little service until the spring of 1901 when the bogies were replaced with a single four-wheel 'truck'. In the 110 years since that time, no-one has identified a picture of one of these cars in original form - until now! Check out the tie-bars & leaf springs next to the platform of car #7 & note that they are not present on car #18, which therefore still has the bogies. Taken on Roker Terrace around Mar. 1901, this image is a real rarity. Thepill-box hat worn by the driver is not often seen either, as they apparently went out of use in Sunderland in about 1905.

10) Some tramways staff. With descriptions by Malcolm Fraser. The image at left below shows Miss Annie Goodall, one of the few lady tram drivers at Sunderland in 1918. With her, in a very smart uniform, is one of the 'points boys' who worked at the junctions on the system. Annie met her future husband on one of the trams & became Mrs Hogg. Malcolm advises that the image was provided through the kindness of Mrs Hogg's son Wilfred. The image at centre shows female staff in around 1943 & specifically shows Inspector Muriel Newton (bottom right) with a driver & six conductresses posed on the platform of one of the three 1935 twin-headlight cars (26-28) at the Southwick Green terminus. Last but not least, at right is Jenny Newton, the very first 'conductor' - shown at Sunderland in 1916. 30,000 women took part in a protest march in London in 1915, demanding the right to serve their country. Prime Minister Lloyd George granted their wish & allowed them to take what had been regarded as men's jobs. These included working on tramways. Malcolm adds that the terms 'clippie' & 'conductress' were not used at that time.

11) The image below shows the first batch of conductresses engaged during WW2. They wore 'air-force blue' uniforms as they marched into the Wheat Sheaf depot yard on Tuesday Jul. 23, 1940. The tram in this view is one of the eight cars bought from Huddersfield in 1938 & is either #29 or #36. The location is the same as that of the water car shown higher on this page.

12) Next is a May 1940 image by H. V. Jinks. Modified a little for better presentation on this page. Can anybody tell us about it?

13) Tram No. 70, on it side in Hylton Road, Sunderland, on Jun. 15, 1933. I found the fine image on 'Sunderland in Pictures' on Facebook.  The Facebook site is long gone, alas, but you can see the posting here. You can read more about the accident here, where Malcolm Fraser indicates that the image is ' Allan Edwards'. A collision had apparently taken place between the tram & a brewer's lorry - at Kayll Road, opposite Ailesbury Street. The 'Mountain Daisy' pub, I read, is in the background of the image, likely on the corner. 13 persons were injured, fortunately none of them seriously. No word as to whether any beer was spilled!

As site visitors may be aware, the webmaster has never been to Sunderland. So he is unable to comment upon a guestbook message available here, in which Billy Donaldson advises as follows:- 'The derailed tram that is described as being on Hylton Road is in fact on Derwent Street. The shop is an ironmongers, Frederick J. Watson & Sons.' But ... Stan Taylor advises that he believes that Billy's info is incorrect, further that he has tried to contact Billy, so far without success, to discuss the matter. Stan has now left a comment in my guestbook. There apparently is a Derwent Street, also on the Circle route, but it is nowhere near Hylton Road. The linked article referenced above, (available here), provides lots of detail about the incident, including that it happened just opposite Ailesbury Street. I wonder which shop, in the image below is Frederick J. Watson & Sons ironmonger's shop, referenced by Billy?

I read that the tram was dismantled in position & after repairs were effected, was restored to service in Feb. 1934.

14) And a related image showing the recovery gang at the scene - with an old balcony tram, used as a Works Car, in the background. We thank both Malcolm Fraser & the Sunderland Antiquarian Society for this interesting image.

15) An image which I like very much. A single image from the slide presentation referred to at the top of this page & available on 'U-Tube' here - thanks to 'allfulcher' - Allan Fulcher, I think.

16) A TRAM AT ROKER - Two versions of the same card it would appear.

Malcolm Fraser advises (thanks again, Malcolm!) that the top card, the one in blue, dates from 1903, published by Delittle Fenwick of York, who produced many of such 'fake' cards. Of Sunderland tram #11 on Roker Terrace. Photographs were taken during daylight then painted to look like night-time views. In Malcolm's words, 'the game is given away on this one by the 'moon' being in the north!' Click the image to view it in a larger size.

The lower image, the one in brown, was ex e-Bay & dates from 1906. Published by D. F. & Co., of York, in 1906, I understand - enlarged for presentation on this page. The image is good but a quality scan of the card would be preferable.


The following was an e-Bay listing image but has been enlarged for presentation here. Maybe a little too much enlarged. A 1962 'show' advertisement of Park Royal Vehicles Limited, of London, re a type of bus then in service with Sunderland Corporation. To me a visually interesting image - I hope that you agree.


Over the years, many Sunderland related uniform buttons & badges have been offered for sale on e-Bay. For the police force & for the tramways staff, most frequently. A couple of them are below. At left is a 'Sunderland Trams' badge, ex a long-expired e-Bay listing. And at right a fine image of a 'Sunderland Corporation Tramways' button, 25 mm in diameter. The button sold, via e-Bay, for GBP 1.04, on Oct. 10, 2010.

An enamel 25 year service badge with a 40 years of service bar - awarded to F. W. Brown re his service with 'Sunderland District Omnibus Co. Ltd.' from 1918 to probably 1958. An e-Bay item, which sold for GBP 36.00 or U.S. $57.89, on Oct. 8, 2013. 'Sunderland District Omnibus Co. Ltd.' would seem to have been the successor to 'Sunderland District Electric Tramways Co. Ltd.'.

An interesting page about the uniforms of Sunderland motormen, conductors & inspectors, thanks to Ashley Birch, is here.

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