Newcastle and Gosforth Tramways



Owner Newcastle and Gosforth Tramways and Carriage Company
Opened 1878 (horse; later steam)
Took over (lessee) All lines owned and constructed by Newcastle Corporation
Operator Newcastle and Gosforth Tramways and Carriage Company
Taken over 13th April 1901 - Newcastle Corporation Tramways (all horse car services ceased on this date).
Length 12.19 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description
Title (‘Newcastle Tramway Company’) surrounding arms (shield with 3 towers, surmounted by tower with lion), with seahorse supporters, all above motto: ‘Fortita Defendit Triumphans’ (Triumphing by brave defence)
Materials known Brass (2-piece construction)
Button Line reference [None]

Comment This button is something of a mystery, as I am not aware of any company of this name, though it clearly must have existed operationally, as a horse brass bearing the same title has also survived. The fact that the buttons carry the arms of the City of Newcastle, strongly suggests that the company was very closely linked to Newcastle Corporation, the only candidate being the Newcastle and Gosforth Tramways and Carriage Company, to which the corporation leased all its lines. As all examples of this button (known to me) have clearly been worn for some considerable time, I suspect that they were actually issued to staff of the Newcastle and Gosforth Tramways and Carriage Company Limited, though why they bore this shortened title may never be clear.