Bolton Corporation Tramways

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Bolton Corporation Tramways
Bolton car No 66 - geograph.org.uk - 1618379.jpg
Bolton car No 66 preserved on the Blackpool Tramway
Operation
Locale Bolton
Open June 1899
Close 29 March 1947
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Statistics
Route length 32.36 miles (52.08 km)

Bolton Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Bolton between 1899 and 1947.[1]

History[edit]

The Corporation took over the Bolton Horse Tramways and the tramway assets of Edmund Holden and Company in June 1899, and undertook a programme of modernisation and electrification.

The first electric services ran on routes to Great Lever, Toothill Bridge and Tonge Moor 9 December 1899. On 2 January 1900 electric services started on routes to Halliwell, Dunscar, Moses Gate, Daubhill, Deane, Lostock and Doffcocker. The depot was located on Shifnall Street at SD 71993 08964.

Extensions took place as follows:

  • 13 April 1900 - Moses Gate route was extended to Farnworth (Black Horse), the Lostock route to Horwich and the Deane route to Hulton Lane.
  • 19 May 1900 - Lee Lane section in Horwich
  • 21 December 1900 - Deane route extended to Chip Hill Road.
  • 19 July 1904- Daubhill service extended to Four Lane Ends.
  • 18 March 1905 - Toothill Bridge line extended to Breightmet
  • 6 May 1910 - the Darcy Lever tramway
  • 4 May 1911 - Brownlow Fold section
  • 8 June 1923 - Chorley Old Road service extended from Doffcocker to Montserrat
  • 26 October 1923 - Swan Lane extension.
  • 11 April 1924 – Brownlow Fold route extension from Elgin Street to Church Road
  • 19 December 1924 Deane service extended to Westhoughton.

Fleet[edit]

Closure[edit]

The final tram service operated on 29 March 1947. Car 66 survives and is preserved on the Blackpool Tramway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.

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