Gloucester Corporation Tramways / Gloucester Corporation Light Railways

Owner Gloucester Corporation
Took over (assets) 30th September 1902 (City of Gloucester Tramways Company [horse])
Operator (lessee) City of Gloucester Tramways Company
Took over (operation) 1st January 1903 (Gloucester Corporation)
Last horse service 17th March 1904
First electric service 29th April 1904
Closed 11th January 1933
Length 9.75 miles
Gauge 4ft 0ins (horse); 3ft 6ins (electric)

Button description The municipal arms (a shield bearing three chevrons and ten torteaux) with a rampant lion crest and lion supporters, all above the motto: ‘FIDES INVICTA TRIUMPHAT’, all within a raised rim
Materials known Brass; nickel; chrome
Button Line reference [None]

Comments Gloucester Corporation used a general untitled coat of arms button for all its transport services - including the municipal tramways - from the inception of corporation-operated services in 1903 through to 1936, when the municipal transport services (by then bus only) were leased to the Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company Limited.

In heraldry, the precise naming of discs or roundels is dependent on their colour, torteaux (plural) being red discs. The motto apparently refers to the successful defence of the city during the Royalist siege of 1643.