Kidderminster and Stourport Electric Tramway Company

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Kidderminster and Stourport Electric Tramway Company
Kidderminster and Stourport Electric Tramway Company.jpg
Map of the Kidderminster and Stourport Electric Tramway
Operation
Locale Kidderminster, Stourport-on-Severn
Open 28 May 1898
Close 2 April 1929
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Statistics
Route length 4.6 miles (7.4 km)

The Kidderminster and Stourport Electric Tramway Company operated an electric tramway service between Kidderminster and Stourport-on-Severn between 1898 and 1929.[1]

History[edit]

The tramway was authorised by the Kidderminster & Stourport Electric Tramway Act of 1896. The company was established as a subsidiary of the British Electric Traction group.

A Kidderminster company George Law was responsible for the construction at a cost of £ 23,314[2](£2,265,975 in 2015).[3] The depot and generating station were constructed off New Road, Kidderminster; a single track laid along two routes; and four bridges were widened.

The system was notable at the start for having vestibuled cars with windscreens to protect the driver, whereas most other systems, the driver was exposed to the elements.

Closure[edit]

The system closed on 2 April 1929.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Black Country tramways Vol 2 . J.S.Webb, 1976 p168
  3. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.