Penang was one of the first urban centres in Southeast Asia to operate steam trams, horse trams, electric trams and trolleybuses. When the Municipal Commission established its own electrical supply, it took over the tram service and started the electric trams in 1906. This gave the local population excellent public transport around George Town, with one line going up to Ayer Itam town in the centre of the island. In the late 1920s, the Municipality replaced trams with trolleybuses, experimenting with reconditioned double decker buses from London Transport! The Municipality also operated two railways - firstly, the Penang Hill Railway which was considered an engineering marvel when it was first built, and secondly, the electric railway which transported supplies and tin ingots for Penang's foremost smelting works. With over 100 archival photographs, maps and illustrations, this book gives a pictorial history of the various forms of public transport used in George Town, Penang from the 1880s to 1963, and the role that the transport network played in the development and growth of the island's economy, social and cultural life.
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Book Description Areca Books, Penang, George Town, Penang, 2013. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Reprint. New. Which city once had the smallest service trolley-bus in the world? Where do you find the first funicular railway in Southeast Asia ? The answer is Penang, which was one of the first urban centres in Southeast Asia to operate steam trams, horse trams, electric trams and trolleybuses. Ric Francis, a professional tramways engineer, and Colin Ganley a lifelong bus and rail enthusiast, team up take us back to the times when Penang had a thriving public transport system. They achieve this in their 112 page book with text and a wealth of illustrations, maps and Appendices that should please both the general historian and the transport enthusiast alike. Weight: 0.6.kg. *On request this book will be sent post free by surface mail to any part of the world when it is part of an order weighing at least 2 kilos.*. Bookseller Inventory # ML146
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