Kit TK07: Sunderland 'Cissie'
- Experiments were made in the 1920's to break away from established
traditions of tramcar design. The experimental tramcars 'Bluebell' and
'Poppy' led to the introduction of the first operational Felthams in 1929.
- In 1929 London's Metropolitan Electric Tramways built the car No 320
nicknamed 'Blossom'. It was followed by car No 330 and finally in 1930 by
car No 331 known as 'Cissie'. 'Cissie' was built by the Union Construction
Company. Originally it had air operated doors and is powered by four
- 'Cissie' was an experiment with 'Pay as you enter' using a single central
entrance and exit. The conductor was to stand in the central well
collecting fares as the passengers boarded the car.
- 'Cissie' was used solely on the Whetstone - Cricklewood service 40 (later
re-numbered 45). Because of its non-standard nature and high capacity, it
was mostly used for peak hour short workings between North Finchley and
- In 1933 'Cissie' became London Transport car No 2168 and continued to
work route 45 until replaced by trolley buses in August 1936.
- In 1937 'Cissie' was sold to Sunderland where it became car No 100. It
was fitted with a pantograph in place of the twin trolley poles and was
used on most of Sunderland's extensive system.
- 'Cissie' was retired from service in 1951 and travelled extensively until
being delivered to the National Tramway Museum at Crich in 1961.
- In 1989 'Cissie' was painted blue and ivory, with British Steel
advertising. In this livery it was used to carry passengers at the National
Garden Festival, Gateshead, 1990.
- 'Cissie' is now back at the National Tramway Museum at Crich, restored as
Metropolitan Electric Tramways No 331.
Kit special features
- This kit has two plastic bogies with turning wheels.
- A full set of glazing parts is included.
- The transfers/decals have adverts for 'Binns' and 'Clegg's'.
- The SOM881 working pantograph
can be added to the kit.
- Smeeton, Cyril S. 1986. The Metropolitan Electric Tramways volume 2, 1921
to 1933. Light Rail Transit Association. ISBN 0 948106 00 X.
A detailed history of the development of 'Cissie' in Chapter 28.
- Staddon, S. A. 1964. The Tramways of Sunderland. Advertiser Press.
- Staddon, S. A. 1991. The Tramways of Sunderland: 2nd Edition. Sunderland
- Reed, John. 1997. London Tramways. Capital Transport Publishing. ISBN
185414 179 1.
A beautiful pictorial history of all London tramways.
- Voice, David.1985. London Tramways: their history & how to model
them. Patrick Stephens Ltd., Cambridge. ISBN 0-85059-668-8 (Out of print)
Explains how to make an amazing variety of OO gauge model London
- Waller, Peter. 1993. The Classic Trams: 30 years of tramcar design
1920-1950. Ian Allen. ISBN 0 7110 2160 0.
Chapter 10 is a detailed history of the development of the Feltham
- Wiseman, R.J.S. 1986. Classic Tramcars. Ian Allen. ISBN 0 7110 1560 0.
Contains Eric Thornton's drawing of the Feltham cars.
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