Northampton Corporation Tramways
Bridge Street, Northampton ca. 1918
|Locale||Northampton, England, United Kingdom|
|Open||21 July 1904|
|Close||15 December 1934|
|Track gauge||3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)|
|Route length||8 1⁄4 miles (13.3 km)|
The tramway opened in July 1904, replacing the horse tram service previously provided by the Northampton Street Tramways Company. The horse tram service had been obtained by the Corporation in 1901 for the sum of £38,700 (equivalent to £3,790,000 in 2015).
The initial services operated over 5 1⁄2 miles (8.9 km), until 1914 when an extension to Far Cotton increased the route mileage to 8 1⁄4 miles (13.3 km).
The first world war resulted in some restrictions in services, but Sunday service was re-introduced in 1919.
There was some financial difficulty after the war, in 1919 the losses were reported as £2,447 on expenditure of £50,058, and by 1921 losses had increased to £8,900. However, by 1924 the situation had improved and a profit of £9,000 was reported.
There were 37 tramcars in the Northampton fleet:
- 1-20 built in 1904 by Electric Railway & Tramway Carriage Works
- 21-22 built in 1905 by Electric Railway & Tramway Carriage Works
- 23-24 built in 1910 by United Electric Car Company
- 25-26 built in 1911 by United Electric Car Company
- 27-33 built in 1914 by Brush Electrical Machines
- 34-37 built in 1921 by English Electric
The livery was vermilion and white.
The system was closed on 15 December 1934.
Two tram stops survive in Northampton. One is near the Racecourse and the other is on Kingsthorpe Grove.
- 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.
- The Electrician, Volume 82, 1919
- The Electrician, Volume 88, 1921
- The Electrician, Volume 92, 1924
- "Trams". Far Cotton History Group. Retrieved 7 October 2009.