Southport Tramways Company



Owner Southport Tramways Co Ltd
Opened 31st May 1873 (horse)
Operator Southport Tramways Co Ltd
Taken over (track) 1896 (Southport Corporation - lines within the municipal borough) - leased back to the company
Taken over (company) 1899 (British Electric Traction Company Ltd)
Taken over (track) 1901 (Birkdale Urban District Council - lines within the municipal borough) - leased back to the company
First electric route 11th August 1901
Taken over (ownership) 1st January 1918 (Southport Corporation)
Taken over (operation) 1st March 1918 (Southport Corporation)
Length Circa 7.5 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Horse era button description Wheel, magnet and electrical flashes
Materials known Brass; nickel; chrome; bakelite
Button Line reference [113/16]

Electric era button description
Wheel, magnet and electrical flashes
Materials known Brass; nickel; chrome; bakelite
Button Line reference [113/16]

Comment Staff certainly wore uniforms during the later horse tram era (see link), though whether marked uniform buttons were issued is unknown, certainly, none have yet come to light. Following electification, staff were issued with uniforms bearing the standard BET 'Magnet & Wheel' button.