Gloucester Tramways Company

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Gloucester Tramways Company
Operation
Locale Gloucester
Open 26 May 1879
Close 17 March 1904
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 4 ft (1,219 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Horse
Statistics
Route length 3.4 miles (5.5 km)

Gloucester Tramways Company operated an horse-drawn tramway service in Gloucester between 1879 and 1904.[1]

History[edit]

In 1877, when The Gloucester Tramways Company submitted details of a system to the City Council. Gloucester Tramways Company was a subsidiary of the Imperial Tramways Company. The Company obtained an order under the Tramways Act on 8 April 1878.

Track laying started on 16 September 1878. By 24 May 1879, the system was ready for inspection by the Railway Inspector, Colonel Hutchinson.[2]

The depots were located off Bristol Road at its junction with Lysons Road at SO 8256 1717, and off India Road at SO 8414 1776.

Services[edit]

The company provided services on 3 routes:

  • The Fleece in at Wotton along London Road, Northgate Street to The Cross, then Southgate Street to Theresa Place on Bristol Road.
  • St. Nicholas Church in Westgate Street to The Cross, then Eastgate Street, Lower Barton Street to India Road.
  • Kingsholm on Denmark Road, via Northgate Street to The Cross, then to The Royal Infirmary on Southgate Street.

Closure[edit]

On 30 September 1902 the Corporation bought out the Tramways Company The purchase price was finally agreed at £26,000.(£2,462,845 in 2014) [3]

The sale included the India Road and Bristol Road depots, 100 horses, 14 tram cars, 8 horse buses, and 6 charabancs.

The Council established a new company, the Gloucester Corporation Tramways, for the purpose of modernising the tramway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Gloucester Journal, 24 May 1879
  3. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.