The Bottomless Tram

A Devonport tram, undated photograph. Source:

Quick Quotes 25.  The following quote is from a newspaper report in the Western Morning News, from 14th December 1898:

Between nine and ten o’clock last evening a very usual and rather alarming mishap occurred in Devonport. As a tramcar was being driven down Chapel-street the bottom fell out. There were several passengers inside, and as none were standing all escaped injury. Whilst some were frightened, others readily realized the humour of being suddenly left seated with their feet dangling in space, and rather enjoyed the rue experience. With the floor fell the driver and conductor’s platform, but neither was hurt. The car was at once pulled up and was quickly hauled off the line. It was an old car, and had been standing in the shed for tome time. Last evening it taken out with a view to its being used today relieve the heavy traffic in connection with the fat stock and poultry show at Devonport. The belief is that the bolts by which the floor was attached the body of the car had been weakened by rust.

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