Southport Corporation Tramways

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Southport Corporation Tramways
Blowick Bus Depot 280.JPG
Depot on Canning Road, Blowick
Operation
Locale Southport
Open 1 January 1900
Close 31 December 1934
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Depot(s) Canning Road, Blowick
Statistics
Route length 17.4 miles (28.0 km)

Southport Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Southport between 1900 and 1934.[1]

History[edit]

In 1896, Southport Corporation purchased the Birkdale and Southport Tramways Company which had operated horse-drawn tramways since 1873. The tracks within its boundary was also purchased, with that in Birkdale being purchased by that Council

In 1899 Southport Corporation obtained permission to electrify and extend the tramways within its boundaries. Work moved quickly and on 18 July 1900, three routes opened in Southport and electric cars ran. By the end of the year the number of routes had increased to seven, a compact maze of routes serving Smedley, Birkdale, Bedford Park, Kew Gardens, Blowick, Crowlands, High Park and Churchtown.[2]

The depot was in Canning Road, Blowick.

In 1912 Southport absorbed Birkdale and on 1 January 1918, the two tramway systems were finally joined at a cost of £35,000 (£3,023,514 in 2014).[3]

Fleet[edit]

Southport Corporation fleet eventually reached 45 vehicles.

From Southport Tramways Company the Corporation acquired the following

Closure[edit]

The system closed on 31 December 1934.

See also[edit]

External link[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Great British Tramway Networks. Wingate H. Bett and John C. Gillham, Second Edition. 1944.
  3. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.