York Tramways Company

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City of York Tramways Company
Locale York
Open April 1881
Close 27 February 1909
Status Closed
Track gauge 4 ft (1,219 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Horse
Depot(s) Fulford Cross
Route length 3.1 miles (5.0 km)

The York Tramways Company and its successor the City of York Tramways Company provided an horse-drawn tramway service in York between 1881 and 1909.[1]


The York Tramways Company was incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1879. Construction started in July 1880 with a route to Fulford Village. The engineer was Joseph Kincaid.

Initially the company hoped to operate a steam tramway and Major General Charles Scrope Hutchinson from the Board of Trade approved the use of steam power. However, the steam experiment must have been unsuccessful as the company eventually gave up and maintained the service with horse cars.

Three routes were constructed from the city centre to Fulford Village, York railway station and Knavesmire.

A new company, the City of York Tramways Company was formed in 1886. It was a subsidiary of the Imperial Tramways Company based in Bristol. It acquired the assets of the York Tramways Company for £14,500 (equivalent to £1,424,499 in 2015).[2]

By 1891 the company operated 10 tramcars with a stable of 37 horses.


The system was taken over by York Corporation Tramways on 27 February 1909.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)", MeasuringWorth.com.