North Metropolitan Tramways



Owner North Metropolitan Tramways Company
Opened
25th April 1870 (horse)
Operator North Metropolitan Tramways Company
First electric route 4th August 1877 (battery electric)
Took over (operation) 1st August 1891 (North London Tramways Company lines)
Took over (assets) 12th April 1892 (North London Tramways Company) - from receivership
Took over 13th October 1897 (London Street Tramways Company [horse]) - infrastructure and equipment
Took over (operation)
14th October 1897 (lines of the former London Street Tramways [horse]) - leased from London County Council
Taken over 26th November 1902 (Metropolitan Electric Tramways) - lines in Middlesex
Taken over (operation) 26th November 1902 (Metropolitan Electric Tramways) - Finsbury Park to Manor House line in the County of London)
Taken over 1st July 1903 (West Ham Corporation Tramways) - lines in West Ham
Taken over 30th December 1903 (Metropolitan Electric Tramways) - Finsbury Park to Manor House line in the County of London)
Taken over 1st April 1906 (London County Council Tramways) - lines in the County of London
Taken over 1st June 1906 (Leyton Urban District Council Tramways) - lines in Leyton
Taken over 28th April 1908 (East Ham Corporation Tramways) - Romford line
Length 56.77 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description Uniforms not worn

Comment
With the exception of conductors' caps, the North Metropolitan Tramways Company did not issue uniforms (see link), so marked uniform buttons never existed.

The button pictured is actually an issue of the 'North Metropolitan Electric Power Supply Company', which supplied power to the Metropolitan Electric Tramways and electricity to large areas of the capital and surrounding counties. The company traded under the name 'NorthMet', and the standard reference work on the 'bullseye' - A Logo for London - shows a 'bullseye' device used by this company (Page 48). The distinctive style of lettering seen on this button only made its appearance in 1908/9, being introduced at the behest of the District Railway (a constituent of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London - the 'Underground Group') to promote London's underground railways. The group eventually incorporated this style of lettering into its 'blue bar and red circle' logo - the famous London Underground 'bullseye' - a device which was subsequently used by numerous companies within the group.