Gloucester Corporation Tramways

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Gloucester Corporation Tramways
Gloucester Corporation Tramways.jpg
Map of the Gloucester Corporation Tramways
Operation
Locale Gloucester
Open 7 May 1904
Close 12 January 1933
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Statistics
Route length 9.75 miles (15.69 km)

Gloucester Corporation Tramways operated an electric tramway service in Gloucester between 1904 and 1933.[1]

History[edit]

Gloucester Council purchased the assets of the horse powered Gloucester Tramways Company in 1902 with the intention of electrifying and extending the service. The horse tramway had been built to the 4' gauge, but the replacement electric service was built to the 3'6" gauge.

The contractor for the rebuilding was George Law of Kidderminster. Edgar Allen and Company of the Imperial Steelworks and Yorkshire Steel and Engineering Works, Sheffield, provided the tramlines.[2]

The electric service opened on 7 May 1904. Thirty tramcars were delivered in two batches from Brush Electrical Machines of Loughborough. The livery was crimson lake and cream.

The depot was located off Bristol Road at its junction with Lysons Road at SO 8256 1717.

Routes[edit]

Gloucester Corporation Tramway in Eastgate Street.

The company operated tramways along the six main roads leading out of Gloucester. A portion of the Brockworth via Hucclecote route was owned by Gloucestershire County Council.[3]

Closure[edit]

As part of a programme of replacing the tramway services with buses, the final trams ran on 12 January 1933.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ The Electrical Engineer, Vol XXXII, 1903
  3. ^ Great British Tramway Networks, Wingate H. Bett and John C. Gillham, Light Railway Transport League, London, 1944.