Penang Trams, Trolleybuses and Railways

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Ric Francis and Colin Ganley
2006. Areca Books Reprint
Hard cover. 26.1cm x 20.8cm, 111 pages
Over 200 colour photographs
ISBN: 9789834283407


By Ric Francis & Colin Ganley.

Which city once had the smallest service trolley-bus in the world? Where can you find the first funicular railway in Southeast Asia? How do you recognize a trolley-bus pole? Where is Tramway Road? With over 100 old photographs, maps and illustrations, “Penang Trams” gives an overview of the various forms of public transport used in George Town from 1880s to 1963, and the role this transport played in the development of the growth of George Town and Penang.

Editorial Reviews

“…what is truly amazing is the amount of work that went into creating this book. [The authors] dug up records of tram, trolleybus and bus fleets, route maps, old bus tickets and newspaper cuttings and put them together so effectively.” Leong Shen-Li, The Star

“The impressive and comprehensive documentation of that glorious period of public transport in Penang will hopefully serve to restore our legacy and lead to a regeneration of public transport.” Anwar Fazal

About the Authors

Ric Francis started his career at Western Australian Government Tramways in Tramway Engineering. Since then, he has co-founded the Perth Electric Tramways and supervised the laying of the Perway & Overhead line wiring of the system. He is currently a member of Electric Trolleybus Group. He recently completed a book entitled Kalgoorlie Transport History 1901-2001 (Goldenlines). He aims to research and record the histories of tramways in Asia.

Colin Ganley, a lifelong bus and rail enthusiast, is a member of several British train and bus preservation societies and has had several articles published in British national and transport society magazines.

Table of Contents
-Steam and Horse Trams
-Enter the Electric Tram
-The Thornycroft Motorbus

-The Early Trolleybuses
-More Trolleybuses
-The Last Trams and The Trolleybus Expansion
-The Smallest Service Trolleybuses in the World
-World War II
-Post-War Recovery and New Trolleybuses
-Motorbuses and Expansion
-Destinations and Tickets
-The Ex-London Transport Double-Decker Trolleybuses
-City Status and the ‘Golden Summer’
-Switch to Diesel Fleet
-The End of the Trolleybus
-The Private Bus Companies

-The First Hill Railway Project
-The Present Funicular Railway
-Two Independent Sections
-Precautions in the Winding House
-Locked Coil Haulage Ropes
-The Hill Railway during WWII
-The Railway Service

-Tin Transport by Electric Railway
-Arial Tramway and Switchback Railway



Further reading on Penang Trams

Penang trams

Through the wheels of time



Weight 650 g
Dimensions 26.1 × 20.8 × 1.4 cm


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