P Brien’s


Trams have made a come-back in recent years, after most of the tracks were torn up in the 1950s and 60s much to the sadness of City dwellers. The double-decker versions, popular in London and other cities, being particularly fondly remembered. There was something exciting about riding trams in those days that other forms of city transport could not quite match.

Fortunately, there has also been a revival in modelling trams, thanks to Ashley Best and others. Most popular are the trams which we or our parents and grandparents actually travelled on. However, there is a wide range of trams to inspire the modeller. As well as commuter trams there were cargo trams, hearse trams, nursery trams, and even a mobile library tram in Munich which ran from 1928 to 1970 and is now preserved. Delightfully, Helsinki has a pub tram. Trams are tourist attractions world wide, including many restaurant trams.

P Brien’s 5” gauge model is of a balcony double deck tram and was photographed under construction at Harrogate in 2013. Visitors will be hoping to see the completed version in 2014. Recent Harrogate visitors will remember another fine model by Mr Brien of a Swiss Krokodil locomotive in 3.5” gauge.