33 GIRONDE. BORDEAUX. Action. black. # 1306. No 514. The expansion of Bordeaux in the first half of the 19th century, together with the buildings of railway stations away from the centre, made it essential to introduce a proper public transport system. Omnibuses were introduced by various companies. Violent competition led the city authorities to form this company, grouping all the individual operators. In 1880 the first trams appeared. Using rails, these were more efficient than omnibuses, especially in the hilly parts of the city. The network was taken over by a British company (Bordeaux Tramways & Omnibus Ltd), which expended and modernised the system. A new French company took over the city's public transport in 1899. Design by Catenacci, a painter and illustrator, born Ferrara 1816, died Paris 1884, who showed his work regularly at the salon from 1869, and designed many fine share certificates. (Ref. Les Girondins d'Antan, by Henri Largeteau).
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