Wolverhampton Corporation Tramways
|Wolverhampton Corporation Tramways|
|Open||6 February 1902|
|Close||11 July 1928|
|Track gauge||3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)|
|Route length||13.85 miles (22.29 km)|
In 1900 Wolverhampton Corporation bought the Wolverhampton Tramways Company which had operated a standard gauge horse-drawn tramway since 1878.
A modernisation scheme followed immediately re-gauging to 3'6" and electrification. The tramway was unique in using the Lorain Stud contact system, and because of this, connections to other networks in the area could not be made until 1921, when the council decided to convert to overhead wiring.
The first line opened on 6 February 1902. The main service connected Wolverhampton railway station with the 1902 exhibition in West Park.
Additional lines soon followed and the basic system was complete in 3 years. A further line was added in 1909 to Penn Fields.
The company ordered 24 tramcars for its initial operations
- 1-9 Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works
- 10-18 G.F. Milnes & Co.
- 19-24 Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works
Later additions were:
- 25-30 G.F. Milnes & Co. 1904
- 31-40 United Electric Car Company 1905
- 41-43 United Electric Car Company 1906
- 44-46 United Electric Car Company 1908
- 47-49 United Electric Car Company 1909
- 50-52 United Electric Car Company 1913
- 53-58 English Electric 1920
- 59-61 English Electric 1921
- 62-69 Brush Electrical Machines 1922
Car 49 is operational at the Black Country Living Museum.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
- "Trams in Wolverhampton". Wolverhampton History and Heritage Society. Retrieved 2008-07-01.