South Shields Corporation Tramways

Owner South Shields Corporation
Opened 1st August 1883 (horse)
Operator (lessee) South Shields Tramway Company
Closed 30th April 1886
Re-opened 28th March 1887 (horse)
Operator (lessee) South Shields Tramway & Carriage Company Limited
Taken over (operating company) July 1899 (British Electric Traction Company Limited)
Closed 31st January 1906 (last horse service)
Re-opened 30th March 1906 (electric)
Operator South Shields Corporation
Name changed June 1934 to South Shields Corporation Transport Department
Closed 31st March 1946
Length 7.51 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description (1886-1899) Uniforms not worn

Button description (1899-1906)
Wheel, magnet and electrical flashes
Materials known Brass; chrome; nickel, black horn
Button Line reference [113/16]

Button description (1906-1946) Title (‘South Shields Corporation Tramways’) surrounding arms (shield with boat and motto ‘always ready’, surmounted by an anchor) with sailor and lady supporters above date (1850) and words: ‘Courage, Humanity, Commerce’
Materials known Nickel; brass; chrome
Button Line reference [114/66]

Comment Uniforms were first issued following the take-over of the SST&CCo by the British Electric Traction Company Limited in 1899 (see link). Although these uniforms undoubtedly bore buttons, there is considerable doubt as to whether they were the standard BETCo issue, as the company appears to have only used its trademark 'Magnet & Wheel' insignia once a horse (or steam) system had been electrified, a change which only took place in South Shields following termination of the BETCo's lease.

The name of the municipal undertaking was changed to 'South Shields Corporation Transport' in 1934; issues of new uniforms subsequent to this would therefore have borne 'South Shields Corporation Transport' buttons.