Dundee and District Tramways

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Dundee and District Tramways Company
Dundee and District Tramways No. 21.jpg
Tramcar 21 preserved at the National Tramway Museum
Locale Dundee,
Open 1877
Close 1899
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Horse and Steam
Depot(s) South Road, Dundee

Dundee and District Tramways operated a tramway service in Dundee between 1877 and 1899.[1]


The Dundee and District Tramways Company introduced horse-drawn tramways in Dundee in 1877. The company was forced to hire vehicles from other companies to allow services to start. 1A and 2A came from Edinburgh Street Tramways and 3A, 4A and 5A were hired from Glasgow Tramway and Omnibus Company.

By June 1885 the company was experimenting with steam cars from Thomas Green & Son in a green and white livery.

Unusually, the tram lines were publicly built and owned, although initially leased by police commissionaires to private companies.[2]

The depot of 1879 was located on South Road, and was designed by the Scottish architect, James Maclaren.


All routes came under direct municipal control in 1899, which allowed the city to adopt overhead electric lines to power the trams. Between 1899 and 1902 the tramways were fully electrified, and operated from then on by Dundee Corporation Tramways.

Steam tram trailer car 21 survived and is now housed at the National Tramway Museum


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Whitley, Swinfen & Smith (1993) Life & Times of Dundee. John Donald Publishers limited. ISBN 0-85976-388-9