Southport Tramways Company



Owner Southport Tramways Co Ltd
Opened 31st May 1873 (horse)
Operator STCo
Taken over (track) 1896 (Southport Corporation) - company lines within the municipal boundary
Operator (lessee) STCo
Taken over (company) 1899 (British Electric Traction Company Ltd) - controlling interest acquired
Lease revised 15th July 1901 (Southport Corporation) - new 21-year lease granted
Taken over (track) 1901 (Birkdale Urban District Council) - company lines within the municipal boundary)
Operator (lessee) STCo
First electric route 1st August 1901
First horse service March? 1902
Taken over (ownership) 1st March 1918 (Southport Corporation)
Length 8.03 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Horse era button description Pattern of buttons currently unknown

Electric era button description
Wheel, magnet and electrical flashes
Materials known Brass; nickel; chrome; bakelite
Button Line reference [113/16]

Comment Staff certainly wore uniforms during the later horse tram era (see link), though whether marked uniform buttons were issued is unknown, certainly, none have yet come to light. Following electification, staff were issued with uniforms bearing the standard BET 'Magnet & Wheel' button.