Gateshead and District Tramways Company

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Gateshead and District Tramways
Beamish Open Air Museum - geograph.org.uk - 721610.jpg
Car 10 preserved at the Beamish Museum
Operation
Locale Gateshead
Open 22 October 1883
Close 4 August 1951
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Steam then Electric
Statistics
Route length 12.47 miles (20.07 km)

The Gateshead and District Tramways operated a tramway service in Gateshead between 1883 and 1951.[1]

History[edit]

Tramcar 5 at the National Tramway Museum

The Gateshead and District Tramways commenced services on 22 October 1883 with steam hauled tramcars operating on three routes centred on Gateshead High Street.

In 1897, British Electric Traction took ownership of the company and the Gateshead and District Tramways Act of 1899 authorised the modernisation and electrification of the system.

Electric services started on 8 May 1901. On 12 January 1923, through running to the Newcastle Corporation Tramways was possible with the North Eastern Railways High Level Bridge over the Tyne.

Closure[edit]

Ex Gateshead and District Tramways cars on the Grimsby & Immingham Electric Railway

The last tram operated on 4 August 1951. Several tramcars survived the closure. Nineteen cars were sold to the Grimsby & Immingham Electric Railway. Two of these survived into preservation. No 5 is at the National Tramway Museum and No 10 is at the Beamish Museum

References[edit]

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