Preston Corporation Tramways

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Preston Corporation Tramways
Preston Corporation Tramways.jpg
Map of Preston Corporation Tramways
Operation
LocalePreston, Lancashire
Open31 December 1886
Close15 December 1934
StatusClosed
Infrastructure
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s)Electric
Statistics
Route length10.53 miles (16.95 km)

Preston Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Preston, Lancashire between 1886 and 1934.[1]

History[edit]

Preston Council bought out the operation of the horse drawn Preston Tramways Company on 31 December 1886.

Electrification resulted in the first modernised route opening on 7 June 1904. Routes extended to Penwortham Bridge, Ashton-on-Ribble, Ribbleton and Farringdon Park, and there was also a circular route via Fulwood.[2]

Closure[edit]

The system closed on 15 December 1934.

Reinstatement[edit]

In 2010, Preston Trampower proposed to reinstate trams in Preston by building a new tramline from Preston railway station to Redscar Business Park. The schemes , known as the Guild Line, is planned for opening in 2019.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Great British Tramway Networks. Wingate H. Bett and John C. Gillham, Second Edition. 1944.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]