Leeds nostalgia: Ghostly Street Lane trams

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This ghostly image shows two trams apparently passing each other on Street Lane in Moortown.

It looks as though one will smash into the bollard in the centre of the road but this is in fact a ‘blended’ picture, showing the same spot from almost 50 years apart.

TRAMS ON STREET LANE, MOORTOWN, LEEDS, 1959 tardis

TRAMS ON STREET LANE, MOORTOWN, LEEDS, 1959 tardis

The original image was taken in 1959, during the final days of the tram in Leeds, when they were a common and it has to be said mostly convenient mode of transport for the people of Leeds. The more modern image used to create the blend was taken just a few weeks ago.

The pictures reveal that, while the street may have altered very little, the mode of transport has.

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The earliest trams were single decker horsedrawn trams, but later purchases were double deckers, operated by Leeds Tramways Company. The last of these ran in 1901. Trams began running in Leeds in 1871 and the network expanded quickly across the city. It was estimated that by the 1950s, they were carrying some 238m passengers a year.

TRAMS ON STREET LANE, MOORTOWN, LEEDS, 1959

TRAMS ON STREET LANE, MOORTOWN, LEEDS, 1959

However, their days were numbers, not least because of a series of strikes, the worst coming in 1945, which effectively crippled the city.

This, coupled with the fact fuel was relatively cheap and buses were considered much more mobile, led to the city council rethinking its transport policy. The final tram ran in Leeds on November 7, 1959, marking the end of a golden era for the city and the rise of the motorcar.

Moortown was developed in the 1930s as a middle class residential area of the city. It had a cinema and ballroom (the whole area is currently being redeveloped).

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