We have recently been contacted by Keith Halton who as well as providing us with an update on the current condition of Frankfurt 210 has asked us a question which we don’t the answer to! So we thought the best thing to do was to throw the query out to the readers of British Trams Online to see if there is an expert out there who can help Keith. It concerns the introduction of air brakes on UK trams.
Keith wishes to know when and where they were first used on trams in the UK. He is familiar with Leeds trams and aware of the Beeston Air Brakes, which date from the late 1920s and were the first application of air brakes in Leeds, even though Leeds continued to build trams without air brakes for several years after that. There seems to have been a reluctance in the UK to fit them to trams even though George Westinghouse patented an air brake in 1868, but a prolonged search by Keith has now revealed its first application. He guesses that air brakes were used in the USA first but is seen to find out any further information.
If you can help with this query please either leave a comment below or if you a feeling a little shy email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass the message on to Keith.