Southport Corporation Tramways
|Southport Corporation Tramways|
|Depot on Canning Road, Blowick|
|Open||1 January 1900|
|Close||31 December 1934|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Depot(s)||Canning Road, Blowick|
|Route length||17.4 miles (28.0 km)|
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.
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).
Southport Corporation fleet eventually reached 45 vehicles.
- 1-12, 14, 16, 18, Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works 1900
- 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works 1901
- 21 United Electric Car Company 1914
- 23, 25, 27 United Electric Car Company 1915
From Southport Tramways Company the Corporation acquired the following
- 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 35-44 Brush Electrical Machines 1918
- 29, 31, 33 English Electric 1919
The system closed on 31 December 1934.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
- Great British Tramway Networks. Wingate H. Bett and John C. Gillham, Second Edition. 1944.
- UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.