Wigan Corporation Tramways
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|Wigan Corporation Tramways|
Tram Depot, Platt Bridge
|Open||25 January 1901|
|Close||28 March 1931|
|Track gauge||3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) and 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Route length||24.83 miles (39.96 km)|
A horse tramway was built in 1880 by Wigan Corporation and leased to a succession of private companies. Services ran to Pemberton, Aspull and towards Standish.
Steam tram operation was also introduced, but by 1901 the Corporation took control of operations and electrified the services.
One year later, in 1902, the Corporation took over the steam tramway routes operated by the Wigan and District Tramways Company and converted these to electric power.
The corporation did not take advantage of the opportunity to convert all tramways to a single operating gauge, so for the thirty years of electric tramway operation, there were services operated on 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) and 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in).
Services ended on 28 March 1931.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
- Stretch, E. K. (1978). The tramways of Wigan. MTMS, Manchester