Bolton Corporation Tramways

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Bolton Corporation Tramways
Bolton car No 66 - geograph.org.uk - 1618379.jpg
Bolton car No 66 preserved on the Blackpool Tramway
Operation
Locale Bolton
Open June 1899
Close 29 March 1947
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Statistics
Route length 32.36 miles (52.08 km)

Bolton Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Bolton between 1899 and 1947.[1]

History[edit]

The Corporation took over the Bolton Horse Tramways and the tramway assets of Edmund Holden and Company in June 1899, and undertook a programme of modernisation and electrification.

The first electric services ran on routes to Great Lever, Toothill Bridge and Tonge Moor 9 December 1899. On 2 January 1900 electric services started on routes to Halliwell, Dunscar, Moses Gate, Daubhill, Deane, Lostock and Doffcocker. The depot was located on Shifnall Street.

Extensions took place as follows:

  • 13 April 1900 - Moses Gate route was extended to Farnworth (Black Horse), the Lostock route to Horwich and the Deane route to Hulton Lane.
  • 19 May 1900 - Lee Lane section in Horwich
  • 21 December 1900 - Deane route extended to Chip Hill Road.
  • 19 July 1904- Daubhill service extended to Four Lane Ends.
  • 18 March 1905 - Toothill Bridge line extended to Breightmet
  • 6 May 1910 - the Darcy Lever tramway
  • 4 May 1911 - Brownlow Fold section
  • 8 June 1923 - Chorley Old Road service extended from Doffcocker to Montserrat
  • 26 October 1923 - Swan Lane extension.
  • 11 April 1924 – Brownlow Fold route extension from Elgin Street to Church Road
  • 19 December 1924 Deane service extended to Westhoughton.

Fleet[edit]

Closure[edit]

The final tram service operated on 29 March 1947. Car 66 survives and is preserved on the Blackpool Tramway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.