Swindon Corporation Tramways



Owner Swindon Corporation
Opened 22nd September 1904 (electric)
Operator Swindon Corporation
Closed 11th July 1929
Length 3.70 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins

Button description Title (‘SWINDON CORPORATION TRAMWAYS’) within a border, surrounding the municipal arms (a shield divided into five, the top section bearing a locomotive) with an arm and crossed hammers crest, all above the motto: ‘SALUBRITAS AT INDUSTRIA'
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [114/69]

Comments The locomotive is the 'Lord of the Isles', a reference of course to the Great Western Railway, whose headquarters were located in Swindon.

A torse is a twisted roll of fabric that was wound around the top of the helm and crest to hold the mantle in place.

The municipal committee charged with directing the tramway was formally renamed the 'Electricity and Passenger Transport Committee' in November 1929, i.e., after the demise of the tramway. Tramcar staff would therefore only ever have worn uniforms with 'Swindon Corporation Tramways' insignia and buttons.