Burnley Corporation Tramways
Map of the tramways of Burnley, Nelson and Colne
|Open||16 December 1901|
|Close||7 May 1935|
|Track gauge||4 ft (1,219 mm)|
|Route length||13.05 miles (21.00 km)|
In 1900, the assets of the Burnley & District Tramways Company were purchased by Burnley Corporation for the sum of £53,000 (equivalent to £5,171,637 in 2015). This had operated standard gauge steam hauled trams since 1881. The corporation rebuilt the tramway to 4’ gauge, as this was in use by neighbouring systems, and there were plans to link to these systems.
In July 1903 a route to Rosegrove opened, and in February 1904 to Towneley Park and Summit. In 1910 new routes to Gannow Lane and Lane Head were opened.
In 1924 the company name changed from Burnley Corporation Tramways to Burnley Corporation Tramways & Omnibuses.
The company amassed a fleet of 72 vehicles:
- 1-24 G.F. Milnes & Co. 1901 (10 was renumbered 68 after rebuilding following the accident in 1923).
- 25-38 G.F. Milnes & Co. 1903
- 39-46 ERTCW 1903
- 47 United Electric Car Company 1907
- 48-52 Hurst Nelson 1909
- 53-54 United Electric Car Company 1910
- 55-57 United Electric Car Company 1911
- 58-67 United Electric Car Company 1913
- 68-72 English Electric 1921 (68 was later renumbered 73
Accident of 1923
On 21 December 1923 a coal lorry collided with a tram No 10 on Briercliffe Road. This sent the tramcar backwards down the road. The tramcar derailed and crashed into a house and shop on the corner of Sedbergh St. The conductor, William Simpson, and a 14-year-old schoolgirl, Ethel Pomfret were killed. Seven other passengers were injured.
Burnley, Nelson and Colne became a combined transport undertaking on 1 April 1933. The new organisation closed down the remaining tramway services in Burnley on 7 May 1935.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
- 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.
- Lancashire Telegraph, 26 August 2010
- The Golden Age of Buses, Charles Klapper.