We’ve seen old tram tracks rediscovered in places such as Leeds, Liverpool and Southend during 2020 and you can now add Stoke-on-Trent to that list! Reported extensively in the local press last month the tracks have been found under the road in the Tunstall area of the city during some resurfacing work.
Following a recent burst water main work was necessary on High Street and during this some old tram track was discovered. Running as the Potteries Electric Tramways the network around Stoke was almost 32 miles long and included branches to Newcastle-under-Lyme, Hanley and Burslem. It replaced a previous steam system in 1898 and would continue running until 11th July 1928 when the last trams ran in the region.
These tracks on High Street, Tunstall are believed to have last seen trams running on them in 1928. Following this the easier option of just covering them was once again taken and there they remained – until now!
Further details of the track can be found on the Stoke-on-Trent City Council Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/SoTCityCouncil/status/1318917559572451329