Luton Corporation Tramways

Owner Luton Corporation
21st February 1908 (electric)
Operator (lessee) J G White and Company Limited
Lease transferred May 1909 (Balfour, Beatty and Company Limited)
Took over (operation) 21st February 1923 (Luton Corporation)
16th April 1932
Length 5.25 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description Pattern of button currently unknown

Comment To date, no marked Luton Corporation Tramways buttons have come to light, suggesting that the buttons were either plain (i.e., unmarked) or that they bore a monogram or device which is not readily identifiable as an issue of Luton Corporation Tramways. The 'seven ears of wheat' button opposite came from a collection where it had been catelogued as 'Luton Tramways'; however, there is currently no evidence to confirm this, and it would seem inherently unlikely to have had the full Luton coat of arms on the tramcar rocker panels and only the crest from the arms on the buttons. My gut feeling is that it is a civic livery button.

After the Corporation took over running the trams in 1923, it is possible that staff were issued with uniforms bearing ‘Luton Corportation Transport’ buttons; however, evidence to support this is once again completely lacking.

In addition to the Luton Corporation Tramways, Balfour Beatty also owned, operated or had a significant interest in the following systems: Cheltenham and District Light Railway, City of Carlisle Electric Tramways, Dartford Council Light Railways, Dunfermline and District Tramways, Falkirk and District Tramways, Leamington and Warwick Electric Tramways, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric Railway, Llanelly Tramways, Mansfield and District Light Railway, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Tramways and Wemyss and District Tramways.