There is evidence that City fans did just that until 1929. And why not? The tramlines ran up and down the High Street from St Benedict’s Square to the depot in Bracebridge and one came along every few minutes.
See photo of a tram clearly advertising a match at Sincil Bank – complete with a cheesy grin from conductress Mrs Whitworth, circa 1928/29.
The tram stop for the southbound route was at Gowts Bridge at the very place where buses stop today.
The fans of that era could then simply have turned down Sewell’s Walk in much the same way that their modern counterparts do.
To learn more – and help RICT and City FC – get £2 off a new DVD (down to £12.95) which includes The Lincoln Trams, a short documentary (17 mins).
The DVD takes its title from a longer documentary on the same disc – The Ruston in the Blue Lagoon (47 mins) the story of engineering historian Ray Hooley’s battle to save what is now the world’s oldest working excavator, a steam navvy made in Lincoln in 1909.
The DVD has been researched, edited and narrated by filmmaker and City fan Andrew Blow of Blow by Blow Productions.
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What happened to the Trams? We don’t want to spoil the story, but, if you must know now, the Lincoln Corporation transport chiefs and City Councillors of the late 1920’s began to favour buses. The expense and difficulty of extending the tram network uphill was a factor.
And so an era that began with horse-pulled vehicles in 1882, and was taken over by the Corporation with magnetically-powered trams in 1905, came to an end in 1929. For the last nine years the trams were powered by conventional overhead cables.
Andrew’s film came about because of kind access to a unique family-owned photo album of the trams which he supplemented by licensing compelling archive images. Behind his narration there is early jazz music from the period.
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