Saturday 8th October 1960
The Sheffield Tramway closed, leaving Blackpool as the only place in England with electric trams. The late Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones, as a young man was among those who made the pilgrimage to the city to see the end of an era. Since 1873 they had given faithful service, condemned to under investment and making do by two world wars.Ironically the last city to say goodbye was among the first to welcome trams back. The 29 kilometre Supertram network was opened in 1994 and the last part was completed in 1995, Initially, the people of Sheffield were reluctant to have them back and the system struggled with poor riding numbers against a chorus of negative headlines.But now it carries 15 million passengers a year and there are hopes of expansion. It could also take part in an innovative Tram Train project which would see new vehicles running out onto the railway network.