Sunderland Corporation Tramways



Owner Sunderland Corporation
Opened June 1880 to January 1881 (horse)
Operator (lessee) Sunderland Tramways Company
Took over (tracks) 26th March 1900 (Sunderland Tramways Company) - lines not already owned by the corporation
Took over (operation) 30th March 1900
First electric route 15th August 1900
Last horse service 19th February 1901
Name changed 1937 - to Sunderland Corporation Transport
Closed 1st October 1954
Length 13.73 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description (Pattern 1) Title (‘Sunderland Corporation Tramways’) surrounding assumed arms (a sextant within a heavily stylised ovoid shield), adorned with garlands
Materials known Nickel; chrome; brass
Button Line reference [114/65]

Button description (Pattern 2) Title (‘Sunderland Transport’) surrounding a stylised municipal device
Materials known Chrome
Button Line reference [None]

Button description (Pattern 3) Stylised municipal device
Materials known Chrome
Button Line reference [None]

Comments
Sunderland was not officially granted arms until 1947, therefore arms which pre-date this are regarded as 'assumed'.

Staff were definitely issued with 'Transport' uniforms following the change of name to 'Sunderland Corporation Transport'; these would have borne Pattern 2 and 3 buttons.