Wolverton and Stony Stratford Tramway

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Wolverton and Stony Stratford Tramway
Locale England
Dates of operation 1887–1926
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Length 4½ miles
Headquarters Wolverton
Coordinates: 52°03′36″N 0°50′13″W / 52.060°N 0.837°W / 52.060; -0.837
The Krauss steam tram

The Wolverton and Stony Stratford Tramway was a narrow gauge street tramway between Wolverton railway station, the London and North Western Railway's (LNWR) Wolverton railway works, Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire, and (briefly) onwards to Deanshanger in Northamptonshire.

History[edit]

The 2.7 miles (4.3 km)[a] tramway opened in 1887.[1][2] A 2 miles (3.2 km)-long extension opened in 1888 to Deanshanger to the west of Stony Stratford,[2] but the tramway company quickly ran into financial trouble and declared bankruptcy in 1889.[2] The line was purchased by a syndicate of Bedford businessmen, which reopened the Wolverton to Stony Stratford section in 1891.[2] The Deanshanger extension never re-opened.

In the early 1920s the line was taken over by the LNWR, which purchased a new Bagnall tram locomotive. After the LNWR merged into the London Midland and Scottish Railway the line was closed, in 1926.

The line was unusual for a British street tramway in being entirely worked by steam locomotives; it was the last steam street tramway in the Great Britain.

Locomotives[edit]

Builder Type Date Notes
Krauss 0-4-0 tram 1886
Green 0-4-0 tram
Brush 0-4-0 tram
W.G. Bagnall 0-4-0ST 1922

Memorabilia[edit]

One of the carriages (significantly larger than an AEC Routemaster double-decker bus) is on display at the Milton Keynes Museum on Stacey Hill (southern edge of Wolverton) with a variety of memorabilia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Milton Keynes Heritage (map). Milton Keynes Development Corporation 1983
  2. ^ a b c d THE STORY OF THE TRAM  – Milton Keynes Museum
  1. ^ "2 miles and 54 chains long"

Other sources[edit]

  • Prideaux, J.D.C.A. (1978). The English Narrow Gauge Railway. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-7511-3. 

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