Aberdeen Corporation Tramways

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Aberdeen Corporation Tramways
Aberdeen, Union Street, Tram 34.jpg
Tram 34 on Union Street, Aberdeen ca. 1900
Locale Aberdeen
Open 27 August 1898
Close 3 May 1958
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Route length 16.12 miles (25.94 km)

Aberdeen Corporation Tramways formerly served the City of Aberdeen, Scotland.

The system[edit]

The city's tram system was the most northerly municipal tramway in the United Kingdom. The system was electrified, with trams using the standard trolley poles until 1935 when bow collectors were fitted to take power from the overhead wires. The trams were double deck and painted in a dark green and cream livery, often with the words "CORPORATION TRANSPORT" painted prominently on the sides.

In the late 1930s the city purchased 18 trams from Nottingham Corporation Tramways, which closed in 1936. Further secondhand trams were later obtained from Manchester. The last new trams for the city were built by R Y Pickering of Wishaw in 1949.

The city's best known service was route 1, from Bridge of Don to Bridge of Dee. The city's last tram operated on 3 May 1958, being replaced by diesel buses.

No. From To Via Notes
1 Bridge of Dee Bridge of Don Union Street
2 Castle Street Mannofield Great Western Road
3 Castle Street Castle Street Union Street, Queen's Cross, Fountainhill Road, Rosemount Place, Rosemount Viaduct and Union Terrace Circular Route
4 Castle Street Hazlehead Queen's Road
5 Castle Street King's Gate Union Terrace
6 Castle Street Castle Street Union Terrace, Rosemount Viaduct, Rosemount Place, Fountainhill Road, Queen's Cross and Union Street Circular Route
7 St Nicholas Street Woodside and Scatterburn George Street and Great Northern Road
9 Castle Street Sea Beach Constitution Street

The tram system was supported by 14 bus routes numbered No. 4, No. 8 and No. 11 through to No. 22, No. 4 being an extension of the No. 4 tram route.

Television studios[edit]

The former tram depot at Queen's Cross was purchased by Grampian Television in 1960 and was converted into their television studios and headquarters. In 2003 Grampian Television relocated their studios and offices to new premises; the former tram depot was subsequently demolished and new flats built on the site.


Following the closure of the tram system, Aberdeen Corporation continued to operate buses. Following the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, the fleet passed to the new Grampian Regional Council in 1975, becoming Grampian Regional Transport. The dark green and cream livery was retained. Following the Transport Act 1985 the company was subsequently privatised, becoming the GRT Group, which later became First Group. As of 2009, buses in Aberdeen are operated by First Aberdeen. There were proposals for a new tramway system in 2013 but were rejected in September 2014.

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