For nearly a hundred years the gentle clunk of trams was a regular sound around our streets.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and the only evidence we have of Dundee trams are the old tracks on the Murraygate and the derelict tram sheds in Maryfield.
But now the vast history of the city’s tram network and its transformation towards cheaper, and economical, buses can be relived in a brand new book.
Dundee’s Trams and Buses by transport enthusiast Walter Burt was released earlier this month with detailed stories and pictures of the city’s former network that kept the area moving for decades.
Walter, 52, said he wanted to make sure the younger generations never forgot the history of Dundee.
He said: “It’s important because it reminds people of their heritage and what the place was like in the olden days.
“For me, it was really interesting to see how the system evolved from the horse drawn trams, to the electric trams and then onto the buses.
“The best thing about Dundee is that they always took pride in their trams.
“The Dundee Corporation Tramways didn’t let them deteriorate like other companies did and they kept them going well into the 1950s. That’s something to be proud of.”
The first tram that operated in Dundee, on August 30 1877, was horse-drawn. Eight years later steam traction was introduced and between 1900 and 1902 the system was electrified. The lines reached as far as Broughty Ferry and Monifieth. The last tram rolled around Dundee in October 1956 after post-war financial constraints led to an “astronomical” rise in material costs.
Walter, whose full-time job is as a bus driver in Dunfermline, said: “Dundee just abandoned whole routes and networks as soon as they stopped making money.
“In that regard, Dundee should hold its head up high. They ran it to a profit and when it cost too much to build new trams or maintain, they sensibly just shut it down.”
Although proving controversial, Edinburgh recently re-opened its first tram line since 1956 and Walter reckons Dundee should think about doing the same in the near future.
He said: “I think parts of Dundee could benefit from it. A shorter system than the original would be good. Perhaps a route from the city centre to Ninewells or something.”