Mansfield and District Light Railways
|Mansfield and District Light Railways|
Map of the routes of Mansfield and District Light Railways
|Open||16 July 1905|
|Close||9 October 1932|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Depot(s)||Sutton Road, Mansfield|
|Route length||12.28 miles (19.76 km)|
Mansfield & District Light Railways was an electric tramway network operating in Mansfield from 16 July 1905 to 9 October 1932. The tramway company was a subsidiary of Midland Counties Electric Supply Company, who in turn were owned by Balfour Beatty.
The tramway network consisted of 5 routes covering just over 12 miles and joining neighbouring towns. These routes began in Mansfield's Market Place and went to Berry Hill, Crown Farm, Mansfield Woodhouse, Pleasley and via Sutton-in-Ashfield to Hucknall-under-Huthwaite.
The depot was in Sutton Road, Mansfield at SK 5306 6080. The buildings and site are still in use as a motorbus depot.
The fleet comprised a total of 31 cars plus a water car. Livery was red and cream (light green and cream in later years). Two cars were purchased in 1912 from the Cavehill and Whitewell Tramway of Northern Ireland and two bought and one borrowed in 1930 from the nearby Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Tramways Company, (another Midland Counties Electric Supply Co. subsidiary).
The tramway was largely rural in nature and it was replaced by motor buses, despite trolleybus authority having been obtained in 1929.