Blackpool Corporation Tramways



Owner Blackpool Corporation
Opened 12th September 1885 (electrical conduit)
Operator (lessee) Blackpool Electric Tramways Co
Took over (operation) 10th September 1892 (Blackpool Corporation) - following expiry of the company's lease
Taken over (operation) 11th July 1896 (Blackpool, St Anne's and Lytham Tramway Co) - 1 mile of newly-built, corporation-owned track from Station Rd Terminus to Squires Gate
Taken over (operation) 29th September 1898 (Blackpool and Fleetwood Tram Road Company) - 1 mile of newly built, corporation-owned track from Gynn Square to Talbot Rd Station
First overhead electric route 21st June 1899
Took over 1st January 1920 (Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramroad Company)
Length 20.97 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description (Pattern 1)
Title (‘Blackpool Corporation Tramways’) surrounding arms (shield with seagull in flight on a background of waves; beneath a fleur-de-lys, thunderbolt and lion; surmounted by helmet, garland, tower and windmill sails) above motto: ‘Progress’
Materials known Nickel; chrome
Button Line reference [113/10]

Button description (Pattern 2) Title (‘Corporation Tramways’) surrounding arms (shield with seagull in flight on a background of waves; beneath a fleur-de-lys, thunderbolt and lion; surmounted by helmet, garland, tower and windmill sails) above motto: ‘Progress’
Materials known Black horn; brass
Button Line reference [None]

Comment Given that the Blackpool arms depicted on the above buttons were only granted in 1899, it seems reasonably likely that an earlier pattern of button existed, especially given that cap badges with the pre-1899 'unofficial' arms have survived (see link).