Horse dies as trams start for summer

Albert the tram horse, which died this week aged 17

Albert the tram horse, which died this week aged 17

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The opening of the summer horse tram service, pictured, has been marred by the death of one of the service horses.

A spokesman for the council said 17-year-old Albert collapsed on Tuesday evening close to the stables. He was taken back to the stables on a trolley and a vet was called out to examine him but he died.

He is thought to have suffered a stroke but a post-mortem examination was being carried out at the time of going to press.

Tramways supervisor Michael Crellin said Albert was fit and healthy and all horses were checked over regularly by the vet who knew all the animals well.

Mr Crellin said having worked in the council’s tramways section for 41 years this was the only occasion he was aware of where a horse had died at work.

The service is operating normally.

The horse tram service operates seasonally, and Monday, May 12, was the first day of operation for 2014. The service will continue through until Sunday, September 14, with first services leaving Strathallan in the morning at 9am. The last tram leaves the Sea Terminal each day at 5.40pm, finishing at Strathallan at 6pm.

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