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In spite of its early start, it took many years for horse-drawn streetcars to become widely acceptable across Britain; the American George Francis Train first introduced them to Birkenhead in 1860 but was jailed for "breaking and injuring" the highway when he next tried to lay the first tram tracks on the roads of London.An 1870 Act of Parliament overcame these legal obstacles by defining responsibilities and for the next three decades many local tramway companies were founded, using horse-drawn carriages, until replaced by cable, steam or electric traction.Many companies adopted a design of a partly enclosed double-decker carriage hauled by two horses.Princess Anne was pristine in purple as she sported a lilac coat with deep purple buttons and a dark hat.
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