Accrington Corporation Tramways

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Accrington Corporation Tramways
Accrington Tram to Rawtenstall in Haslingden Town Centre
Operation
Locale Accrington
Open 2 August 1907
Close 31 March 1932
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 4 ft (1,219 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Depot(s) Ellison Street
Statistics
Route length 7.02 miles (11.30 km)

Accrington Corporation Tramways operated an passenger tramway service in Accrington between 1907 and 1932.[1]

History[edit]

Tramway services in Accrington had been provided by the Accrington Corporation Steam Tramways Company since 1886. Despite the name, it was independent of the Corporation. On 20 September 1907, Accrington Corporation formally purchased the Accrington Corporation Steam Tramways Company for £2,227 (£205,557 in 2014).[2]

Before the formal takeover, the Corporation had started the electrification of the tramway. On 2 August 1907, a double track line to Church was opened and then a single track to Oswaldtwistle. On the day of purchase, the line to Clayton-le-Moors opened, followed a few weeks later by a line to the Cemetery at Huncoat, and then the line to Baxenden railway station.

The Baxenden line was extended to the Commercial Hotel in Haslingden on 28 September 1908 and then on 20 October to Lockgate for a connection with Rawtenstall Corporation Tramways.

Fleet[edit]

The livery for the tramcars was red and cream.

  • 1-4 Brush 1907
  • 5-6 Brush 1908
  • 7-20 Brush 1907
  • 21-23 Brush 1909
  • 24-25 Brush 1910
  • 26-27 Brush 1912
  • 28-30 Brush 1919
  • 31-32 Brush 1920
  • 38-39 Brush 1919
  • 40-41 Brush 1920
  • 42-43 Brush 1926

Closure[edit]

On 30 April 1930, the tram route to Rawtenstall was closed, followed on 26 August 1931 by the routes to Clayton-le-Moors and Oswaldtwistle.

On 6 January 1932 the final tram ran to the Cemetery at Huncoat.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.