Mansfield and District Light Railways

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Mansfield and District Light Railways
Mansfield and District Light Railways.jpg
Map of the routes of Mansfield and District Light Railways
Operation
Locale Mansfield
Open 16 July 1905
Close 9 October 1932
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Depot(s) Sutton Road, Mansfield
Statistics
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.[1] The tramway company was a subsidiary of Midland Counties Electric Supply Company, who in turn were owned by Balfour Beatty.

Infrastructure[edit]

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.[1]

The depot was in Sutton Road, Mansfield at SK 5306 6080. The buildings and site are still in use as a motorbus depot.

Tramcars[edit]

The fleet comprised a total of 31 cars plus a water car. Livery was red and cream (light green and cream in later years).[1] 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).

Closure[edit]

The tramway was largely rural in nature and it was replaced by motor buses,[1] despite trolleybus authority having been obtained in 1929.

In 1932 two trams (27 and 28) were sold to Sunderland Corporation Tramways, where they saw further service until 1953.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Turner, Keith (1996). The Directory of British Tramways. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-85260-549-9. 

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