St Helens and District Tramways



Owner St Helens and District Tramways Company
Opened 5th November 1881 (horse)
Operator St Helens and District Tramways Company
Taken over 1st February 1890 (St Helens and District Tramways Co Ltd) - a new company specifically formed to take over the old company and introduce steam traction
Taken over (track) 1st April 1897 (St Helens Corporation)
Operator (lessee)
St Helens and District Tramways Co Ltd
Name changed 4th November 1898 - to the New St Helens and District Tramways Co Ltd
First electric route 20th July 1899
Taken over October 1906 - controlling interest acquired by Lancashire United Tramways Limited
Lease terminated 1st October 1919
Length 21.96 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description Pattern of button currently unknown

Comment Before the takeover by St Helens Corporation, staff of the StH&DTCo and its successor, the StH&DTCoLtd, appear to have worn informal attire, so it is unlikely that uniform buttons enever xisted (see link). During the era when the tramway was corporation-owned, but leased to the NStH&DTCoLtd, staff clearly wore uniforms (following electrification), however, no buttons have as yet come to light, suggesting that they were either unmarked, or that they are not readily identifiable as such, i.e. they use a monogram or script initials.

The NStH&DTCo was also the operator of the Liverpool and Prescott Light Railway, with which it had several board members in common. The NStH&DTCo’s parent company, Lancashire United Tramways was also the parent company of the L&PLR, as well as the South Lancashire Tramways Company.