Portsmouth Street Tramways
Owner Portsmouth Street Tramways Company (a subsidiary of the Provincial Tramways Company Limited)
Opened 11th September 1874 (horse)
Operator Portsmouth Street Tramways Company
Amalgamated August 1883 (with the General Tramways Company of Portsmouth, the Gosport Street Tramways Company, and the Landport and Southsea Tramways Company - all subsidiaries of the Provincial Tramways Company Limited); all operated thereafter as the Portsmouth Street Tramways Company
Took over July 1892 (Portsmouth [Borough], Kingston, Fratton and Southsea Tramways Company)
Taken over 1st January 1901 (Portsmouth Corporation - excepting lines of the former Gosport Street Tramways Company)
Length 13.41 miles
Gauge 4ft 7¾ins
Button description Pattern of button currently unknown
Comments Although several photographs exist from the 1890s that show horse tram staff wearing what appear to be company-issued overcoats (see link), it is unclear whether they bore marked buttons; if they did, certainly none have come to light. However, given that at least two other Provincial Tramways Company subsidiaries issued uniforms with marked buttons (Cardiff Tramways and Great Grimsby Street Tramways), it is entirely possible that they did exist, but that they are not readily recognisble as such (e.g. they take the form of script initials or a monogram).
The Provincial Group (Provincial Tramways Company Limited) was established in 1872 in London and at various times, also owned the following companies: Cardiff Tramways Company Limited; General Tramways Company of Portsmouth; Gosport and Fareham Tramways; Gosport Street Tramways Company; Great Grimsby Street Tramways; Landport and Southsea Tramways Company; London Southern Tramways; Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Tramways; Portsdown and Horndean Light Railway; and the Portsmouth (Borough), Kingston, Fratton and Southsea Tramways Company.
The unusual gauge was to allow for the running of railway wagons over the system.