Gosport and Fareham Tramways

Owner Portsmouth Street Tramways Company, a subsidiary of the Provincial Tramways Company
First electric service 24th January 1906
Operator Portsmouth Street Tramways Company
Owner's name changed 10th May 1929 to the Gosport and Fareham Omnibus Company
Closed 31st December 1929
Length 7.75 miles
Gauge 4ft 7¾ins

Button description Pattern of button currently unknown

Comments Although uniforms were certainly worn (see link), marked buttons have yet come to light, suggesting that they were either unmarked (i.e. they were plain) or alternatively, that they are not easily identifiable as an issue of the tramway (e.g. they bear script letters or a monogram of some description). However, given that the uniforms of another Provincial Tramways Company system (Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Tramways) definitely bore scalloped-rim buttons (see link), it is reasonably likely that the G&FT uniforms did too.

Following the acquisition of the majority of the Portsmouth Street Tramways Company's assets by Portsmouth Corportion on 1st January 1901, the company continued to work Gosport Street Tramways, subsequently regauging, electrifying and extending the system under the title of 'Gosport and Fareham Tramways', even though a company of that name never existed.

The Provincial Group (Provincial Tramways Company) was established in 1872 in London, and at various times, either owned, controlled or operated the following systems: Borough of Portsmouth, Kingston, Fratton and Southsea Tramways; Cardiff Tramways; Cardiff District and Penarth Harbour Tramways; General Tramways of Portsmouth; Gosport and Fareham Tramways; Gosport Street Tramways; Great Grimsby Street Tramways; Landport & Southsea Tramway; London Southern Tramways; Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Tramways; Portsdown and Horndean Light Railway; and Portsmouth Street Tramways.