Thomson's account of the dreaded downhill struggle with the
builder's barrow rang an immediate bell but
brought back memories of the trams.
rather slight fifteen-year-old
apprentice, I would be sent on the tram to
collect a bag of cement which, of course,
had to be brought back to the job by the same mode of transport.
It would be placed at the
front, beneath the stair beside the driver.
This was just accepted as normal and no extra charge was made.
often had to use the same method to transport 10
foot 2"x1" battens these would be stood upright
in the stairwell beside the driver.
Similarly mothers would load their pram into the space behind the driver.
As you might imagine all sorts of
weird and wonderful things were carried this way,
the item only being limited by the available space behind the driver.
I wonder if the new trams will be as