Ted Lilley began making model tramcars in the late 1940s, when ill health forced him to give up his bakery business in Albert Road, South Norwood. This is a model of a Croydon Corporation Tramways electric open-top tram. It is painted in the Croydon Corporation Tramways colours of maroon and cream and has the tram number 39. This model shows tram number 39 as it looked between 1906 when it was built and 1927 when it was renumbered. The seats on the top deck are reversible.The destination boards at either end show Thornton Heath and those on the sides Purley, West Croydon, Thornton Heath and Norbury. This tram carries adverts for Rawling & Oldfield, the Croydon Opticians, Brands Essence, Hudson's Soap, Military Pickle, Beecham's Pills and Bovril. Each of Mr Lilley's tram models was built to scale and took 18 months to complete. On his retirement, Ted moved to Wharnecliffe Gardens. His models were equipped with electric motors and he built a track in his garden for them to run on.
whole: 425 x 520 x 120 mm
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