Aberdeen District Tramways

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Aberdeen District Tramways
Operation
Locale Aberdeen
Open 31 August 1874
Close 27 August 1898
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Horse
Statistics
Route length 10.95 miles (17.62 km)

The Aberdeen District Tramways operated an horse-drawn tramway services in Aberdeen between 1874 and 1898.[1]

History[edit]

The Aberdeen District Tramways services started on 31 August 1874.

The company fleet grew to around 40 tramcars.[when?] Initial vehicles were obtained from the Starbuck Car and Wagon Company but from 1883 the company turned to a local manufacturer, R & J Shinnie of Union Row, Aberdeen, who provided subsequent tramcars.

Closure[edit]

Aberdeen Corporation took over the company on 26 August 1898 and formed the Aberdeen Corporation Tramways to continue the service and modernise it.

Horse car number 1 survived and is restored in the Grampian Transport Museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.