Wigan Corporation Tramways



Owner Wigan Corporation
Took over (track) June? 1892 (Wigan and District Tramways Company [steam])
Operator (lessee) Wigan and District Tramways Company
Taken over (operation) 2nd September 1896 (Wigan and District Tramways Company - newly built line to Platt Bridge)
First electric route 25th January 1901
Operator Wigan Corporation
Taken over (track) May 1902 (Pemberton UDC - lines within Pemberton)
Took over 30th September 1902 (Wigan and District Tramways Company, including all leases held by the company)
Operator Wigan Corporation
Taken over (track) Early 1903 (Hindley UDC - lines within Hindley)
Operator (lessee) Wigan Corporation
Taken over (track) Summer 1903 (Ince UDC - lines within Ince)
Operator (lessee) Wigan Corporation
Took over (operation) 21st October 1904 (Ashton-in-Makerfield UDC owned portion of the newly built Ashton line)
Took over (track) 9th November 1904 (Pemberton UDC, following its absorption by Wigan)
Closed 28th March 1931
Length 24.83 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins; 4ft 8½ins

Button description (Pattern 1) Title ('Wigan Corporation Tramways') within a border, surrounding a towered castle
Materials known Brass; black horn
Button Line reference [114/75B]

Button description (Pattern 2)
Title ('Wigan Corporation Tramways') within a border, surrounding arms (shield with castle, surmounted by helmet and king) with lion supporters, above motto: ‘Ancient and Loyal’
Materials known Brass; chrome; black horn
Button Line reference [114/75A]

Comments Pattern 2 is later of the two, as these arms were only granted on 28th April 1922.