Tynemouth and District Electric Traction Company

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Tynemouth and District Electric Traction Company
Tynemouth and District Electric Traction Company.jpg
Map of the route of the Tynemouth and District Electric Traction Company
Locale North ShieldsTynemouthWhitley Bay
Open 1 March 1901
Close 4 August 1931
Status Closed
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Route length 4.23 miles (6.81 km)

The Tynemouth and District Electric Traction Company operated a tramway service in North Shields, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay between 1901 and 1931.[1]


The company was formed in 1899. It was the successor to the horse tramway started in 1883 by the Tynemouth and District Tramways Limited. This became the North Shields and District Tramways Company Limited in 1884, the North Shields and Tynemouth District Tramways Limited in 1890, and British Electric Traction Company in 1897.

The horse tramway was closed in 1900 for electrification. Work progressed quickly and electric services started on 1 March 1901. The new electric line ran from the New Quay, North Shields to terminate at the Victoria Hotel, Whitley. In 1904 the line was extended from Whitley Front Street to the bandstand on the Links.[2]

Near New Quay there was a connection to the Tyneside Tramways and Tramroads Company.

Electric power was supplied by the new Tynemouth Corporation Power Station at Tanners Bank.



The system closed on 4 August 1931.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Great British tramway networks, Wingate H. Bett, John C. Gillham, Wingate H. Bett. 1944