Manchester, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Steam Tramways



Owner Manchester, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Steam Tramways Ltd
Opened 12th March 1883 (steam)
Operator Manchester, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Steam Tramways Ltd
Transferred (assets) Manchester, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Steam Tramways Company
Took over (lease) 1st August 1885 (Oldham Corporation owned lines)
Taken over 18th October 1888 (Bury, Rochdale and Oldham Steam Tramways Company Ltd)
Taken over 6th April 1891 (Whitworth Local Board; all lines within the Local Board area, from which the company had already withdrawn services)
Taken over 1st November 1901( (Oldham Corporation - all lines owned by Oldham, with the exception of the Royton to West Street service)
Taken over 28th June 1902 (Oldham Corporation - Royton to West Street service)
Taken over 11th February 1904 (Rochdale Corporation - services within the Rochdale and Heywood boundaries)
Withdrawn 17th March 1904 (Bury to Heap Bridge and Heywood)
Withdrawn 8th April 1904 (Bury to Limefield)
Withdrawn 13th April 1904 (Rochdale to Oldham)
Withdrawn 16th May 1904 (Bury to Whitefield)
Withdrawn 30th May 1904 (Royton - remaining services)
Closed 11th July 1904 (last service from Bury to Woolfold)
Sold (assets) October 1904 (the authorities of Rochdale and Wardle, Littleborough, Royton, Heywood, Bury, Tottington, Unsworth, and Whitefield)
Length 30.28 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins / 4ft 8½ins

Button description
Uniforms not worn

Comment
Numerous photos show employees wearing a variety of informal clothing (see link). Other than pillbox-style caps (worn in the 1890s), no uniform appears to have been issued, strongly suggesting that uniform buttons never existed.