Worcester Electric Traction Company

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Worcester Electric Traction Company
Operation
Locale Worcester
Open 6 February 1904
Close 31 May 1928
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Statistics
Route length 5.86 miles (9.43 km)

The Worcester Electric Traction Company operated a tramway service in Worcester between 1904 and 1928.[1]

History[edit]

The Worcester Electric Traction Company replaced the horse-drawn tram service which had been provided by the Worcester Tramways Company since 1881.

The electric service opened to the public on 4 February 1904, but the construction had not been without its problems, and it was known locally as "The Tramway Siege of Worcester 1903-4".[2]

The replacement service was rebuilt from the 3 ft gauge to 3 ft 6in. There were 15 cars built for the initial services in a livery of holly green and cream. Two further cars were purchased in 1921.

Routes ran to Barbourne, Astwood Cemetery (via Rainbow Hill), Shrub Hill railway station, London Road, Bath Road and St Johns.

Closure[edit]

In 1928 Worcester Corporation purchased the undertaken and the system was closed on 31 May 1928. Services were replaced by omnibuses provided by the Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Company Limited.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Worcester News, 8 March 2003
  3. ^ Public Control of Road Passenger Transport, Manchester University Press