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London Tramways Company horse tram, number 285, 1882
Trams were easier to pull than buses, which meant they could be much larger and carry more passengers. This drove down prices, making public transport affordable to the working classes. The London Tramways Company ordered more than 300 from America and shipped them to London.
This one, Number 284, arrived in London in 1882. It was sold off in 1910 when lines were electrified and spent most of its life as a hen house. It was acquired and restored by the museum in 1970.
Entered service: 1882
Manufacturer: , John Stephenson & Co, New York, USA, 1882
Reference no: 1981/533 Part 0