West Ham Corporation Tramways
West Ham Corporation Tramways tramcar 102 in the London Transport Museum
|Locale||County Borough of West Ham|
|Open||1 July 1903|
|Close||1 July 1933|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Route length||16.8 miles (27.0 km)|
West Ham Corporation took over the North Metropolitan Tramways horse drawn services in stages starting on 1 July 1903. A programme of modernisation and electrification was undertaken, and the first electric services ran on 27 February 1904.
The company built up a fleet of 134 tramcars in a chocolate and cream livery.
The company experimented with trolley buses as early as 1912. At the annual conference of the Municipal Tramways Association from 25–27 September 1912, an Austrian Cédès-Stoll was the first trolleybus to carry passengers in London, along Greengate Street.
The services were taken over by London Passenger Transport Board on 1 July 1933.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.