Sunderland Tramways Company
|Sunderland Tramways Company|
|Locale||Sunderland, Tyne and Wear|
|Open||28 April 1879|
|Close||10 February 1901|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Route length||6.41 miles (10.32 km)|
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.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
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