Accrington Corporation Tramways

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Accrington Corporation Tramways
Operation
Locale Accrington
Open 2 August 1907
Close 31 March 1932
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 4 ft (1,219 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Depot(s) Ellison Street
Statistics
Route length 7.02 miles (11.30 km)

Accrington Corporation Tramways operated an passenger tramway service in Accrington between 1907 and 1932.[1]

History[edit]

Tramway services in Accrington had been provided by the Accrington Corporation Steam Tramways Company since 1886. Despite the name, it was independent of the Corporation. On 20 September 1907, Accrington Corporation formally purchased the Accrington Corporation Steam Tramways Company for £2,227 (equivalent to £212,465 in 2015).[2]

Before the formal takeover, the Corporation had started the electrification of the tramway. On 2 August 1907, a double track line to Church was opened and then a single track to Oswaldtwistle. On the day of purchase, the line to Clayton-le-Moors opened, followed a few weeks later by a line to the Cemetery at Huncoat, and then the line to Baxenden railway station.

The Baxenden line was extended to the Commercial Hotel in Haslingden on 28 September 1908 and then on 20 October to Lockgate for a connection with Rawtenstall Corporation Tramways.

Fleet[edit]

The livery for the tramcars was red and cream.

  • 1-4 Brush 1907
  • 5-6 Brush 1908
  • 7-20 Brush 1907
  • 21-23 Brush 1909
  • 24-25 Brush 1910
  • 26-27 Brush 1912
  • 28-30 Brush 1919
  • 31-32 Brush 1920
  • 38-39 Brush 1919
  • 40-41 Brush 1920
  • 42-43 Brush 1926

Closure[edit]

On 30 April 1930, the tram route to Rawtenstall was closed, followed on 26 August 1931 by the routes to Clayton-le-Moors and Oswaldtwistle. The final tram ran to the Cemetery at Huncoat on 6 January 1932. Three of the 8-wheeled tramcars built by Brush in 1919-1920 saw further service on the Southend-on-Sea Corporation Tramways. They arrived there in 1934, and had to be regauged to run on the 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge tracks.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)", MeasuringWorth.com.
  3. ^ Harley 1994, p. 83a.

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