Liverpool Corporation Tramways
|Liverpool Corporation Tramways|
Liverpool Corporation Tram at Woodside, Birkenhead
|Open||16 November 1898|
|Close||14 September 1957|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Route length||90 miles (140 km)|
In 1897, Liverpool Corporation bought the Liverpool United Tramway and Omnibus Company and obtained an act of parliament, The Liverpool Tramway Transfer Act 1897.
A modernisation scheme followed immediately with electrification of services taking around 5 years.
The first electric service left Dingle on 16 November 1898. By 1901, the 101 million passengers were carried by the electric cars.
The last tram
The last tram, No 293, ran from Liverpool's Pier Head to Bowring Park on September 14, 1957.
The car was bought by the Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, Maine, U.S.A and shipped via Boston, Massachusetts in 1958. As of 2006, it is at the back of a shed at the Museum, and in poor condition.
Car 762 is operational at the Wirral Tramway.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
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