The oldest part of the tramway, along Blackpool Promenade, was opened on 29 September 1885 using conduit collection. It was the first practical electric tramway in the world, just six years after Werner von Siemens first demonstrated electric traction. The inauguration was presided over by Holroyd Smith, the inventor of the system, and Alderman Harwood, Mayor of Manchester. On 1 July 1898 a new line, the Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramroad, was opened. In 1899 the electric supply was converted to overhead power; the Promenade was later widened and the tram tracks separated from road traffic.
The other surviving part of the tramway is the Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramroad, linking Blackpool to Fleetwood on railway-type sleeper track, originally with street running at both ends; trams in Blackpool now go onto the Promenade without sharing space with road vehicles, except for a short stretch north of Talbot Square, past the Metropole Hotel. At the northern end of the line, trams continue to share Lord Street, Fleetwood with road traffic. (More on the Blackpool tramway...)