Birkenhead Corporation Tramways
|Birkenhead Corporation Tramways|
|Open||4 February 1901|
|Close||17 July 1937|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Route length||79.08 miles (127.27 km)|
The Birkenhead Corporation Tramway company was formed through the acquisition of the Birkenhead United Tramways, Omnibus and Carriage Company on 31 December 1900, and the Wirral Tramway Company on 8 May 1901, and the Birkenhead United Tramways Company on 24 January 1901.
Electrification of the system was undertaken and 44 tramcars were ordered from G.F. Milnes & Co. and built locally in their factory at Birkenhead. Services started on 4 February 1901.
The first closure was on 30 August 1925, when the Claughton Road route was converted to bus operation.
The remaining routes were closed over successive years until the system finally closed on 17 July 1937.
Car No 7 is preserved on static display in the Mersey Ferry Terminal
Car No. 20 is preserved on the Wirral Tramway.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.