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Aberdeen trams
There are 5 messages in this section.

Flora from Poughkeepsie, New York. Posted 1 Jul 2004.
Around 1954 my father took me on a Saturday excursion which consisted of riding the same tram from the Bridge of Don to the Bridge of Dee and back again. At the terminus we moved the seat back if needed to stay facing the direction of travel.
Sandra Mitchell from Aberdeen. Posted 12 Aug 2004.
I remember the trams too with great fondness and the fact that you could move the back of the seat to whichever way you wanted it was a great source of excitement.

Alan Watt from Toronto,Canada. Posted 31 Aug 2004.
I have many, many fond memories of the "trammies" school children we used to sneak into the Queen's Cross depot and run below the cars in the service pits.
Also we'd "chore" (steal) the unused ticket rolls and use them as streamers. My favourite trams were the ones with the front and rear open air upper decks; it has often been said that the Aberdeen Streamliners were the finest double deckers ever built...they were beautiful trams to watch.

Colin Scott from Stornoway. Posted 5 Apr 2005.
There were three types of Tramcars. The green and white already mentioned, the standard tram which ran from the Merkit Cross to Hazelhead and from George Street to Kittybrewster.
In the summer, opentop trams ran from the Merkit Cross to the beach.

As a school boy in 1946, it cost me a halfpenny fare, to go from the foot of George Street. There were Clippies on both the Trams and the buses.

Rob Littlejohn from Milngavie. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
I have very fond memories of the Aberdeen trams in my young boyhood years of the 50s - persuading my aunts, and great aunts to take me on the different routes, jumping down the last few steps from the top deck so that I 'accidentally' landed on the pedal which rang the bell, helping the conductor swing the seatbacks when we reached the terminus, the special track up to Hazlehead, sneaking into the Queen's Cross depot on my way from Ashley Road School to visit my Gran, drawing the layout of the tramlines round the Castlegate (I could probably do that still). A few years ago I took my children to the Tram Museum at Crich in Derbyshire. Sadly, of course, there are no ex-Aberdeen trams there. Taking them all down to the Beach and burning them must be one of the worst ever examples of municipal vandalism.

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