Staffordshire Potteries Street Railway


Owner Staffordshire Potteries Street Railway Company Ltd
Opened 11th January 1862 (horse)
Operator Staffordshire Potteries Street Railway Company Ltd
Taken over (operation) 1863 (Edward Brassington- lessee)
Taken over (operation) March 1864 (G B Bradford - lessee)
Taken over (company) 8th November 1879 (North Staffordshire Tramways Company Ltd)
Operator North Staffordshire Tramways Company Ltd?
Closed 1882
Length 1.75 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description Pattern of button currently unknown

Comment The Staffordshire Potteries Street Railway was promoted by American entrepreneur George Francis Train, the man behind the first true street tramway in the British Isles (Birkenhead Street Railway), as well as three separate lines in London (Marble Arch Street Railway; Surrey Side Street Railway; Westminster Street Railway) and one in Darlington (Darlington Street Railway). Staff working the Birkenhead and London lines are known to have worn military-style uniforms, and examples of buttons from them have survived, suggesting that marked buttons may once have existed for the Staffordshire Potteries Street Railway, though unfortunately, none appear to have survived.