Sunderland Tramways Company

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Sunderland Tramways Company
Locale Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
Open 28 April 1879
Close 10 February 1901
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Horse
Route length 6.41 miles (10.32 km)

The Sunderland Tramways Company operated a tramway service in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear between 1879 and 1901.[1]


Horse-drawn tramway services started on 28 April 1879. In 1880 an experiment was made with steam locomotives, but this came to nothing, and horse power remained until the company terminated services in 1901.

During the lifetime of the company, the tramcar fleet reached a maximum of 33 vehicles.


The Corporation purchased the company in 1900 for the sum of £35,000, and commenced a programme of modernisation and electrification. The tramway re-opened as Sunderland Corporation Tramways.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.