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07 Mar

Later, more lines opened from Perry Road to Old Market, and from Old Market to Eastville and St George, and by 1880 there was an extensive network in the centre of the city.

By 1886, 60 trams were licensed for use in Bristol.

After inspection by the Board of Trade, the first tram ran on 5th May 1902 and the line officially opened on 13th May.

In 1905 Bristol Tramways undertook trials of motor buses using Thornycroft chassis with bodies made by the United Electric Car Company. The first motorbus service ran from the Victoria Rooms to the Suspension Bridge at 07.50 hrs on 17 During 1906 the company carried (astonishingly) over 46 million passengers at a time when the citys population was around 340,000.

After an interruption caused by the war, chassis production resumed.

The 4-ton chassis in particular was popular with other operators.

It ran between Perry Road (near the current Bristol Royal Infirmary) and Blackboy Hill (Apsley Road) in Redland. The Corporation did not actually have the legal powers to operate trams, so having laid the tracks, it looked for someone to run the service, and the Bristol Tramways Company was set up in 1874 by local investors in response to this.

Initially it leased the tramway from the Corporation, but bought it later when it proved a success. The trams were horse-drawn and each could carry a maximum of 36 passengers.

Today there is a new entrance into the Kensington Hill site from a set of traffic lights on the A4 Bath Road, called Tramway Road.In todays cynical age, it is hard to imagine the amount of civic pride and public enthusiasm for the electric trams with opening ceremonies marked by firework displays and even free meals for the public, and routes lined by huge numbers of spectators.As the horses became redundant, many were sold, but some were retained and used to introduce more horsebus routes to places not on the tram network or as feeder services to the tram terminii.Bus manufacture moved to Brislington Tram Depot in 1910, and in 1912 the chairman leased the existing Filton works for another of his companies to build aircraft in.In 1913, the Motor Constructional Works were opened at Kensington Hill, Brislington (half a mile or so from the tram depot).