Blackpool Electric Tramway Company
|Blackpool Electric Tramway Company|
Car No. 4 at the National Tramway Museum
|Open||29 September 1885|
|Close||10 September 1892|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Propulsion system(s)||Conduit electric|
|Route length||1 mile (1.6 km)|
On 3 December 1884 Blackpool Corporation agreed to use Michael Holroyd Smith's conduit tramway and granted him a seven-year concession.
The Blackpool Electric Tramway Company was formed in January 1885, and set up with capital of £30,000 (£2,827,380 in 2015). The first rail was laid in March and the first test runs were made on 29 June. The tramway was officially opened on 29 September 1885.
The Chairman of the company was Alderman Richard Horsfall.
The location caused many problems for the conduit system and the company employed horses to pull trams when the track was flooded.
The tramway was a financial success. In 1890 the profits of the year were £2,983 (£286,445 in 2015), out of which a dividend of 7 per cent was paid.
Car 4 survived and is preserved at the National Tramway Museum.
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