Rawtenstall Corporation Tramways



Owner Rawtenstall Corporation
Took over 1st October 1908 (Rossendale Valley Tramways [steam], a British Electric Traction Company subsidiary), jointly with Bacup Corporation (owners of 2.36 miles of the 6.35-mile system)
Operator Rawtenstall Corporation
First electric route 15th May 1909
Last steam service 22nd July 1909
Closed 31st March 1932
Length 11.75 miles
Gauge 4ft 0ins

Button description Title (‘Rawtenstall Corporation Tramways’) in circlet, surrounding arms (shield with cattle, wolf and woolpacks, stags and a cut-off hand, surmounted by a squirrel) all above motto: ‘Floret Qui Laborat’ (He who labours prospers)
Materials known Nickel; chrome
Button Line reference [114/57]

Comment The squirrel, stags and wolf are all emblems of the Forest of Rossendale, which once surrounded Rawtenstall.