Bradford Tramways (and Omnibus) Company



Owner (line)
Bradford Corporation
Inaugural service 2nd February 1882 (horse) - Manningham Lane line
Operator (lessee) Bradford Tramways Company (almost immediately reconstituted as the Bradford Tramways and Omnibus Company Limited)
First steam service 8th August 1882
Took over (operation) 31st March 1893 - Saltaire line, owned by Shipley Local Board
Taken over (operation) 1st February 1902 (Bradford Corporation) - all lines owned by the Corporation, including those owned by Shipley UDC
Length 17 miles (approx)
Gauge 4ft 0ins

Button description (BTCoLtd)
Monogram of entwined letters ‘BTCoLD
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [None]

Button description (BT&OCoLtd)
Pattern of button currently unknown.

Comment The BTCoLD button opposite is considered to be a strong candidate for the pattern of button worn in the early years of the tramway. Although the BTCoLtd was reconstituted as the BT&OCoLtd just a few days after opening, it probably took years for the change in title to filter down, and it could well be that the company never saw fit to pay for a new pattern of button. If a new pattern of button were indeed ordered, it would seem logical for it to have been similar in style to the existing pattern. Until a button bearing BT&OCoLtd initials (or something close) comes to light, the pattern of button worn from the mid 1880s onwards remains unknown.