Kinver Light Railway
Map of the Kinver Light Railway
|Open||4 April 1901|
|Close||1 March 1930|
|Track gauge||3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)|
|Depot(s)||Hyde Meadow, Kinver|
|Route length||4.19 miles (6.74 km)|
The Kinver Light Railway was a subsidiary of British Electric Traction. They acquired the Dudley and Stourbridge Steam Tramways Company in April 1898 and applied for permission to build a tramway from Amblecote to Kinver.
The route ran from outside the Fish Inn at Amblecote where it had a connection with the Dudley, Stourbridge and District Electric Traction Company tracks. After passing Wollaston and Stourton, it arrived in Kinver.
Passenger service started on 4 April 1901. Although parcels were carried on passenger services from the outset, from September 1903, goods trailer vehicles were attached behind service cars for freight.
The company was taken over by the Dudley, Stourbridge and District Electric Traction Company in 1902 for the sum of £60,000 (equivalent to £5,870,000 in 2015).
The company made significant money from its freight operation. Substantial quantities of milk were carried, such that occasionally passenger vehicles were commandeered for freight use.
The services finished on 8 February 1930, a victim of competition from motorbus traffic, and the final closure took place on 1 March 1930.
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