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A particularly interesting Maidstone card showed the only recorded instance of a privately hired tram, carrying mourners at the funeral of Ralph Fremlin.
It was suggested that a similar event be held next year, but the cost for a member and partner at the same venue would be about £50, so would not attract many takers.The Chatham & District Light Railways Company began operating electric trams around the Medway Towns in 1902, at first only between Chatham and Gillingham - Rochester felt itself above such intrusion.But from 1903 onwards the tramlines gradually extended, to Rochester, then to Rainham, and finally to Strood and Borstal in 1908.Dartford had trams from 1906, but its whole fleet was destroyed by a fire in 1917.Erith and Bexley operators filled the gap, and the service was eventually run by London Transport from 1932-1935. Sheerness and District Tramways, however, was forced to close in 1917 because spares for its Siemens electrically operated vehicles could not be obtained from Germany. After Janice had reminded Members about the March Auction, and distributed forms to those with items to sell, Chairman Eric Baldock announced his display of Trams.
He began with trams of Kent, with those in Maidstone taking precedence.
One particularly weird card showed a trader with a poster where the message was written using the dead bodies of the flies around his premises.
31 members and guests enjoyed an excellent evening at the Grangemoor Hotel in Maidstone, to celebrate the 40th year since the club was started in November 1977.
The Gravesend and Northfleet Electric Tramways operated from 1902 to 1929.
There too the early trams proved unsuitable, and double-deckers had to be replaced by single-deckers.
Chairman Eric Baldock reminded members about the Fair at Grove Green on October 21st, for which help was needed in setting up and dismantling, and with the provision and serving of refreshments.