Maidstone Corporation Tramways

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Maidstone Corporation Tramways
Tramlines in Barming
Operation
Locale Maidstone
Open 14 July 1904
Close 11 February 1930
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Statistics
Route length 5.25 miles (8.45 km)

Maidstone Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Maidstone between 1904 and 1930.[1]

History[edit]

Maidstone Corporation began operation on 14 July 1904 with the introduction of a tram service to Barming, supplemented by routes to Loose and Tovil by 1907.[2]

The company depot and offices were located on the north side of Tonbridge Road, about 50 metres east of its junction with Queens Road at TQ 7372 5510, and a tramshed with a capacity of four tramcars was located near Pickering Street in Loose at TQ 7630 5270.[2]

Closure[edit]

The tramway service closed on 11 February 1930 as part of a programme of conversion to trolleybus operation. Tramcar 18 survives and is in storage in Dover awaiting restoration.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ a b Harley, Robert J. (1994). Maidstone and Chatham Tramways. Middleton Press. ISBN 1-873793-40-5. 
  3. ^ http://www.tram.vintagecarriagestrust.org/tms/tramInfo.asp?Ref=198