Portsmouth Corporation Tramways



Owner Portsmouth Corporation
Took over 1st January 1901 (Portsmouth Street Tramways [horse], excepting the lines of the former Gosport Street Tramways Company)
Operator Portsmouth Corporation
First electric route 24th September 1901
Closed 10th November 1936
Length 17.7 miles
Gauge 4ft 7¾ins

Button description Title ('Portsmouth Corporation Tramways') surrounding arms (shield with star above a crescent)
Materials known Brass; chrome
Button Line reference [114/54]

Comments The vast majority of buttons are Variant 1, however, a second variant exists, at least in the small size, on which the rim is considerably thicker and the star and crescent are noticeably finer (Variant 2). The crescent and star have been in the city's arms for over 800 years, and reputedly stem from the granting of the city's charter by Richard I, who allegedly won them in battle in the Third Crusade.

The unusual gauge was to allow for the running of railway wagons over the system.