Haslingden Corporation Tramways



Owner Haslingden Corporation
Opened 27th August 1887 (steam) - in actuality an extension of the Accrington Corporation-owned line from Accrington to Baxenden
Operator (lessee) Accrington Corporation Steam Tramways Company
Took over 1st January 1908 (ACSTCo) - engines, trailers and assets necessary to work the corporation-owned lines
Operator Haslingden Corporation
Took over (operation) 1st January 1908 - Lockgate to Rawtensall section of the former ACSTCo, now owned by Rawtenstall Corporation
First electric service 5th September 1908 - Baxendale to Haslingden section
Operator (lessee) Accrington Corporation
Taken over (operation) 1st October 1908 (Rawtenstall Corporation) - Lockgate to Rawtensall section of the former ACSTCo
Last steam service 23rd October 1908
First electric service 24th October 1908 - Haslingden to Lockgate section
Operator (lessee) Accrington Corporation Tramways
Closed 30th April 1930
Length 2.9 miles
Gauge 4ft 0ins


Button description (Inspectors only) Pattern unknown

Comment Following Accrington's partial take-over of the ACSTCo in September 1907, steam services in Accrington, Haslingden and Rawtenstall continued to be operated by the company under a contract arrangement. This arrangement ceased on the 31st December 1907, with Haslingden and Rawtenstall corporations purchasing their share of the company and its assets the next day, and Haslingden not only taking over operation within the municipal boundary, but also the line beyond to Rawtenstall section, which had been acquired by Rawtenstall Corporation.

Haslingden Corporation staff working the steam services were not issued with uniforms (see link).

Following electrification, services were provided by Accrington Corporation (and later Rawtenstall Corporation). Haslingden Corporation did however employee a uniformed tramway inspector from late 1908 onwards (my thanks to Phil Calvey for this information), though what buttons the uniform bore remain unknown.