Cardiff Tramways Company

Owner Cardiff Tramways Company Limited (a subsidiary of the Provincial Tramways Company Limited)
12th July 1872 (horse)
Operator Cardiff Tramways Company Limited
Took over (operation) 1st April 1888 (Cardiff District and Penarth Harbour Tramways) following acquisition of the operating lease by the PTCo)
Taken over 1st January 1902 (Cardiff Corporation) - tracks and assets of the CTCo, excepting those belonging to the CD&PHTCo
Lease terminated 10th February 1903 - following Cardiff Corporation's acquisition of the CD&PHTCo
Length 6.31 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description
Title (‘THE CARDIFF TRAMWAYS COMPANY LIMTED’) within a border, surrounding a horse tramcar
Materials known Brass
Button Line reference [None]

Comment The button shown is unequivocally from the CTCo, and is of a style that would suggest it is early, i.e., from the 1870s. Photographs taken from the 1890s onwards show that both drivers and conductors wore informal attire.

The Provincial Group (Provincial Tramways Company Limited) was established in 1872 in London and at various times, also owned and/or operated the following systems/companies: General Tramways Company of Portsmouth; Gosport and Fareham Tramways; Gosport Street Tramways Company; Great Grimsby Street Tramways; Landport and Southsea Tramways Company; London Southern Tramways; Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport Tramways; Portsdown and Horndean Light Railway; Portsmouth (Borough), Kingston, Fratton and Southsea Tramways Company; and the Portsmouth Street Tramways Company.