The Gas Tram

The Gas Tram was a short-lived phenomenon which briefly seemed to herald a new way forward in tramcar design, replacing horses and steam locomotives on the streets with quieter and smoother travel. One of the major advantages of the gas tram, according to those who proposed it, was the low capital cost of the conversion, and all without the need to install the expensive overhead catenary required for electric traction. Designs for gas tramcars were patented all over the world, and systems were briefly operated in Germany, Australia and Britain, and proposed in New Zealand and the USA. The fuel was invariably domestic 'town gas' drawn from the local gasworks, and the vehicles were said to be very cheap to run. This was a development which was probably a century ahead of its time – with experiemental gas systems currently being tried out in several countries – but using hydrogen rather than coal gas. A publisher will be sought for this 96-page book in due course.


The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White is still available from John Hannavy Publishing, the remaining hardback copies now reduced to half price, just £10.00 + P&P

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Transporter Bridges – an illustrated history was published in hardback and e-book on 03 February 2020 by Pen & Sword Transport Books. The hardback is priced at £30. Click on the book cover, below to log on to where you can see all of John Hannavy's currently available books. 

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