ROARING cars now flow along Wrexham's roads but once the sound on the streets was the rattle of the electric tram.
Wrexham Museum has just acquired two of the town's original electric trams, which came into use in 1903 to replace the horse-drawn variety.
They were discovered by eagle-eyed Mail photographer Vic Cleveley at the Brow Golf Club in Ellesmere, Shropshire.
Owner Alf Strange had bought them in 1970 with a view to restoring them himself. No work was carried out and one tram is now in a very bad state while the other seems to have been used as a shed for the golf club's groundsmen.
Since Vic alerted Wrexham Museum to the plight of the vehicles, it has contacted Mr Strange and has now been given the trams for restoration.
The museum plans to cannibalise the poorer one to make one complete carriage for dis-play.
'We are currently getting costings,' said Wrexham Museum Heritage Service Manager Stephen Grenter. 'We are consulting with the Birkenhead and Wirral Tram Company, who got their old trams running again in recent years, and the Crick Tramway Museum in Derbyshire, who will both be able to help us figure out how much restoration will cost.
'We will then apply to various grant funding bodies for the money to carry out the work.
'Ideally, we would like the completed tram to be inter-active. It has no wheels or undercarriage but schoolchildren could go on board and experience how their great-grandparents commuted to work every day.'
The trams were introduced by the Wrexham Electric Tram Company (WETC) in 1903. By 1927 they had been replaced by buses.
'Two routes were planned but only one was ever opened,' said Stephen.
'Passengers were able to travel from Wrexham General train station up Regent Street, down Vicarage Hill and Ruabon Road right through to Johnstown.
'A second route along York Street was never installed.'
There were originally 10 trams, housed at the WETC depot in Johnstown, but these are the only two known to have survived.
'Unfortunately all numbers and identifying marks have been lost, as have the staircases which led to the open-topped upper deck.
'The compartments, windows and seating remain intact, however.'
The only other problem now facing the museum is where to house the completed tram.
'It is a large vehicle even without the undercarriage and is too big for Wrexham Museum,' said Stephen.
'It is possible even the planned expansion of the museum will not create enough indoor space to house it. If we are going to spend a lot of money restoring it, we don't want to leave it to the ravages of the weather to undo all our work, so we must find a way to display it inside.'