Gateshead and District Tramways



Owner Gateshead and District Tramways Company
Opened 22nd October 1883 (steam)
Operator Gateshead and District Tramways Company
Taken over 12th November 1897 (British Electric Traction Company Limited)
First electric route
9th May 1901
Ownership transferred 1914 (Northern General Transport Company, 44% owned by the British Electric Traction Company and 44% owned by the London and North Western Railway Company)
Closed 4th August 1951
Length 12.47 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description Wheel, magnet and electrical flashes
Materials known Brass; chrome; black horn
Button Line reference [113/16]

Comment The British Electric Traction Company (owner from 1897) had a common approach to all its subsidiaries (with the exception of its London operations), so staff working the electric services (from 1901 onwards) would have worn the standard BET 'Magnet and Wheel' button. Uniforms were clearly issued to steam tram conductors prior to the BETCo take-over, though whether they bore marked buttons is currently unclear; certainly, none have come to light, suggesting that they were either plain or that they bore a monogram or device which is not readily identifiable as an issue of the G&DTCo.