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Here you can get on a tram, and take a ride from Accrington to Darwen through some striking images, calling in at Blackburn. 
 
Read about how the trams and their routes developed in the two towns, from horse-drawn through to electrification and then read about their demise. 
 
For additonal information on the history of Blackburn Corporation trams and buses (1881 - 2007)
 please take a look at: Olive Green & Ivory
 
Up until the 18th century the roads in and around Blackburn were in a sorry state of repair.  From the 1750’s the Turnpike Trust began to have an effect in the area. A list of the acts passed to open Turnpike roads from Blackburn to various other towns is given.
 
The development of the railway and how the rail network grew in the area is touched on.
 
There is also a look at the canal and the effects it had on the town of Blackburn.
 
 
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