Walthamstow Urban District Council Light Railways

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Walthamstow Urban District Council Light Railways
Walthamstow Urban District Council Light Railways.jpg
Map of the routes of Walthamstow Urban District Council Light Railways
Operation
Locale Walthamstow
Open 3 June 1905
Close 1 July 1933
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Statistics
Route length 9.14 miles (14.71 km)

Walthamstow Urban District Council Light Railways operated a tramway service in Walthamstow between 1905 and 1933.[1]

History[edit]

The Walthamstow and District Light Railway Order of 1903 authorised Walthamstow Urban District Council to start electric tramway services on 3 June 1905.

The depot was located off Chingford Road at TQ 3731 9018.

The tramways became immortalised in January 1909, in national newspapers. The incident was known as the Walthamstow Tram Chase. Two Latvian revolutionaries attacked a clerk in Tottenham and stole a large amount of money. Pursued by the police and the public there was shooting and some people were killed. The thieves commandeered a tram towards Highams Park. Both men eventually killed themselves and the money was never found. The incident later became the subject of a silent film.[2]

Closure[edit]

The services were taken over by London Passenger Transport Board on 1 July 1933.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Tottenham outrage- silent film. Retrieved 10 November 2008.

Coordinates: 51°35′37″N 0°01′09″W / 51.5937°N 0.0191°W / 51.5937; -0.0191