South Shields Corporation Tramways

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South Shields Corporation Tramways
South Shields Corporation Tramways.jpg
Map of the routes of the South Shields Corporation Tramways
LocaleSouth Shields
Open30 March 1906
Close31 March 1946
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s)Electric
Route length7.51 miles (12.09 km)

South Shields Corporation Tramways operated an electric tramway service in South Shields between 1906 and 1946.[1]


South Shields Corporation Tramways took over the horse-drawn tramway network owned by the South Shields Tramways Company in 1906 and after a programme of modernisation and electrification, opened for service on 30 March 1906

The corporation obtained agreement with the neighbouring Jarrow and District Electric Tramway for through running, and accepted Jarrow tramcars on its own network. This arrangement lasted until the Jarrow Tramway closed in 1929.



The service was closed on 31 March 1946 as the corporation moved to trolley bus operation.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.