Dudley, Stourbridge and District Electric Traction Company

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Dudley, Stourbridge and District Electric Tramways Company
Dudley Tram No. 5 at Black Country Museum 1990.jpg
Preserved tramcar No 5 at the Black Country Living Museum
Operation
Locale Dudley, Stourbridge
Open 26 July 1899
Close 1 March 1930
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Depot(s) Stourbridge Road, Amblecote
Statistics
Route length 21.24 miles (34.18 km)

The Dudley, Stourbridge and District Electric Tramways Company operated an electric tramway service between Dudley and Stourbridge and also other lines in the neighbourhood between 1899 and 1930.[1]

History[edit]

On 2 April 1898 the Dudley and Stourbridge Steam Tramways Company was purchased by British Electric Traction[2]

A programme of modernisation was undertaken and the service was converted for electric traction. The first electric service ran on 26 July 1899.

Extensions were opened as follows:

  • 19 October 1900 from Queen’s Cross in Dudley to Five Ways at the end of Cradley Heath High Street
  • 7 December 1900 the Kingswinford branch
  • 1 November 1902 Stourbridge to Lye and The Hayes
  • 13 December 1902 Stourbridge to Wollaston Junction
  • 19 December 1904 Old Hill to Blackheath

On 29 September 1902, the company took over ownership of the Kinver Light Railway for the sum of £60,000 (equivalent to £5,977,900 in 2016).[3]

On 1 July 1904 ownership was transferred to the Birmingham and Midland Tramways Joint Committee, a subsidiary of British Electric Traction.

On 1 April 1924 the company took over some of the routes of the South Staffordshire Tramways Company.

The depot was situated in Amblecote on corner of Stourbridge Road and Collis Street. It was 4 track shed opened in October 1905. It was expanded with an additional 2 tracks in 1908, and a further track was added around 1914. It closed in May 1926 and used as a tram store until 1930.

Closure[edit]

Route closures occurred on the following dates:

  • 1926 Dudley to Kingswinford, Stourbridge to Kingswinford, and Stourbridge to Wollaston
  • 1927 Stourbridge to Lye, and Old Hill to Blackheath
  • 1929 Dudley to Cradley Heath
  • 1 March 1930 Dudley to Stourbridge, and Dudley to Wednesbury.

Survivals[edit]

Four vehicles are known to have survived:

  • 5 (built 1920)[4] Tram 5 entered service in 1920 with the Dudley, Stourbridge and District Company. At just over 32 feet long it accommodates 34 seated passengers and has two manually operated doors at each end. Withdrawn in 1930, it was sold for secondary use as a summer house before eventually being preserved in 1973. Restored by the Llangollen Railway in 2015-2016, Tram 5 is in the final commissioning stages and is expected back in operation in Summer 2017 at Black Country Living Museum.
  • 36 (built 1901) Information
  • 75 (built 1919) Information
  • 102 (built 1920) Information

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ The Electrical review: Volume 40
  3. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  4. ^ Information with photograph

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