Blackburn and Over Darwen Tramways Company
|Blackburn and Over Darwen Tramways Company|
|Plaque marking the turning triangle in Darwen.|
|Open||14 April 1881|
|Close||31 December 1898|
|Track gauge||3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)|
|Route length||4.9 miles (7.9 km)|
The tramway was authorised by the Blackburn and Over Darwen Tramways Act of 1879.
The route started in the centre of Blackburn, and followed Darwen Street, Bolton Road, then through Ewood, Earcroft, Hawkshaw, and terminating in Darwen at Whitehall.
The initial passenger cars were built by Ashbury on Eades patent reversible trucks. The seating capacity was 20 in the lower saloon and 26 on top. Later passenger cars were obtained from G.F. Milnes & Co. of Birkenhead.
The service came into operation after inspection from General Hutchinson of the Board of Trade.
The company was acquired by Blackburn Corporation for £22,337 (£2,171,017 as of 2014)  and Darwen Corporation for £26,163 (£2,542,880 as of 2014)  on 31 December 1898. Steam tram services continued until 1901.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
- Blackburn Weekly Standard 16 April 1881
- UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.