Camborne and Redruth Tramways
|Camborne and Redruth Tramways|
|Map of the Camborne and Redruth Tramway|
|Open||7 November 1902|
|Track gauge||3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)|
|Route length||3.7 miles (6.0 km)|
The proposal for Camborne and Redruth, put forward by the Urban Electric Supply Company, was for a combined lighting scheme and tramway. The Urban Electric Supply Company was a subsidiary of Edmundson's Electricity Corporation.
The construction of the generating station and distribution system cost £38,500 (£3,539,001 as of 2014)  and the tramway and vehicles cost £35,000 (£3,217,273 as of 2014). The tramway was constructed by Dick, Kerr & Co. in around 6 months. Track laying started on 7 April 1902 and was single tracked with eight passing loops and double tracks at each end. The sharpest curve was 40ft radius and the steepest section on East Hill was 1:15.
It was mostly complete by September 1902. Members of Camborne and Redruth Councils visited on 1 October 1902, and the Board of Trade Inspector passed the tramway for use on 25 October 1902. The formal opening was held on 7 November 1902 when Mrs. Wigham, wife of an Edmundson's Director was the guest-of-honour.
It opened for passenger service on 7 November 1902 and for freight in May 1903.
Vehicles were obtained from G.F. Milnes & Co. in 1902 and 1903, and comprised 6 open top double deck cars (48 seaters), 2 single deck cars (34 seaters) plus 2 freight locomotives. The company livery was dark green and cream.
The freight locomotives moved 12 ore wagons on the tramway. One of the customers was East Pool mine.
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