Blackburn and Over Darwen Tramways Company

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Blackburn and Over Darwen Tramways Company
Tram Triangle Blue Plaque - geograph.org.uk - 34179.jpg
Plaque marking the turning triangle in Darwen.
Operation
Locale Blackburn, Darwen
Open 14 April 1881
Close 31 December 1898
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Steam
Statistics
Route length 4.9 miles (7.9 km)

The Blackburn and Over Darwen Tramways Company operated a steam tramway service between Blackburn and Darwen between 1881 and 1898.[1]

History[edit]

Steam tram turning triangle in Darwen

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.

Six steam trams were acquired from Kitson and Company for the inauguration of the service. This fleet was later augmented to 15, with 7 of the additional trams being obtained from Thomas Green & Son.

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.[2]

Closure[edit]

The company was acquired by Blackburn Corporation for £22,337 (£2,106,781 as of 2014) [3] and Darwen Corporation for £26,163 (£2,467,641 as of 2014) [3] on 31 December 1898. Steam tram services continued until 1901.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Blackburn Weekly Standard 16 April 1881
  3. ^ a b UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2013), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.