Merthyr Tydfil Electric Tramways

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Merthyr Tydfil Electric Tramways
Operation
Locale Merthyr Tydfil
Open 6 April 1901
Close 23 August 1939
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Depot(s) Trevithick Road

Merthyr Tydfil Electric Tramways operated a tramway service in Merthyr Tydfil between 1901 and 1939.[1]

History[edit]

The company was owned by the Merthyr Tydfil Electric Traction and Lighting Company, a subsidiary company of British Electric Traction. Services started on 6 April 1901. Sixteen tramcars were purchased from the Midland Railway Carriage and Wagon Company and Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Works for the initial services.

Closure[edit]

The company was purchased by the local authority in 1939 for the sum of £13,500 (equivalent to £755,000 in 2015)[2] with the aim of closing down the service, and the final tram ran on 23 August 1939.

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.