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When I was little I sometimes my walk to school a tiring journey, but when the Croydon Tramlink opened in 2000, it cut about twenty minutes off the trip. It has been thirteen years since the tramlink was first introduced to my area, and now I could not imagine life without it. Trams are such a nifty form of transport; quicker, more frequent, and more reliable than a bus, these electricity cable-powered 'caterpillars' are my favourite way to get around.

Although the Croydon Tramlink has only been running a relatively short time, trams are in fact a pretty old form of transport. The first was a horse-drawn tram from Swansea, Wales, in 1804, and the first cable tram was built in 1873 in San Francisco.

Celebrating the history of the tram, the annual Festival of Model Tramways is this year being held at Fairfield Halls in Croydon on the 20th July. Admission is £8 for adults and free for accompanying under 16s.

The exhibition will include various to scale models, layouts, and some old carriages. You will also be able to buy books, photographs, drawings, as well as modelling kits to build your very own. All model-building enthusiasts are invited to bring along their tram models to the exhibition and enter it into their competition. The best model will win a trophy.
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Why? Learn about the history of transport
When: 20th July, 10am-5pm
Where: Fairfield Halls
Cost: £8
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