Lytham St. Annes Corporation Tramways

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Lytham St. Annes Corporation Tramways
Lytham St Annes Corporation Tramways.jpg
Map of the Lytham St Annes Corporation Tramways
Operation
Locale Lytham St Annes
Open 28 May 1903
Close 28 April 1937
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Statistics
Route length 10.34 miles (16.64 km)
Blackpool, St. Annes and Lytham Tramways Company era: 1903–1919
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
St Annes Council Tramways era: 1919–1922
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Lytham St Annes Corporation Tramways era: 1922–1937
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Lytham St. Annes Corporation Tramways and its predecessor companies operated an electric tramway service in Lytham St Annes between 1903 and 1937.[1]

History[edit]

Tramway schemes in Lytham St. Annes had been proposed since 1878, but no progress was made until The Blackpool, St. Annes and Lytham Tramway Order of 1896. Under this order, a tramway was constructed from the terminus of the Blackpool tramway at South Shore Railway Station. The new line opened on 11 July 1896, operated by the British Gas Traction Company.[2] The extension to Lytham opened in February 1897, and the fleet of compressed coal gas trams eventually reached 20. The gas powered trams were not successful, and horse cars were also obtained. The scheme was eventually unsuccessful and the company sold out.

The Blackpool, St. Annes and Lytham Tramways Company purchased the assets of the former company for £115,000 (£10,856,582 as of 2014),[3] and in 1900 an act authorised an electric tramway to rebuild the route. The newly electrified tramway was opened on 28 May 1903.[4]

On 28 October 1920 St. Annes Council purchased the assets of the company for £132,279 (£4,635,981 as of 2014).[3] The trams were rebranded with the inscription "St Annes Council Tramways".

In 1922 the borough of Lytham St. Annes was incorporated. The trams were re-branded with "Lytham St. Annes" and later "Lytham St. Annes Corporation"

Fleet[edit]

The company owned a maximum fleet of 56 cars.

Closure[edit]

The last tram between Lytham and St Annes ran in 1936. The remainder of the system closed on 28 April 1937.

Car 43 is thought to survive in a derelict condition at the West Lancashire Light Railway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ The Belfast News-Letter, Monday, July 13, 1896
  3. ^ a b UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  4. ^ The Tramways of Lytham St. Annes, Donald F. Phillips, The Tramway Reivew, VOl. 2, Issue 14, 1954.