Walsall Corporation Tramways



Owner Walsall Corporation
Took over 1st January 1901 (South Staffordshire Tramways [electric]) — 5.25 miles of track within the corporation's boundary, though immediately leased back for a period of 3 years
Operator South Staffordshire Tramways (Lessee Co) Ltd, a subsidiary of the British Electric Traction Company
Took over (operation) 1st January 1904 - corporation owned track, on expiration of the SSTLCoLtd lease
Took over (operation) 1st October 1925 (Wolverhampton District Electric Tramways) - WIllenhall to Darlaston line
Took over 1st October 1930 (Darlaston and Wednesbury lines of the SST - the last remnant of the BET-owned Birmingham and Midland Tramways Joint Committee)
Closed 30th September 1933
Length 13.51 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins

Button description (Pattern 1) Title (‘Walsall Corporation Tramways’) surrounding arms (quartered shield surmounted by crown with chained bear) supported by lions
Materials known Brass; nickel
Button Line reference [114/73]

Button description (Pattern 2) Title (‘Walsall Corporation Transport’) surrounding arms (quartered shield surmounted by crown with chained bear) supported by lions
Materials known Chrome
Button Line reference [None]

Comments Although Walsall trams and buses were certainly carrying the legend 'Walsall Corporation Tramways and Motors' by 1920/21, tramway staff continued to be issued with uniforms bearing 'Walsall Corporation Tramways' buttons, their bus colleagues uniforms bearing 'Walsall Corporation Motors'. A new legend — 'Walsall Corporation Transport Department' — appeared on the first new trolleybuses in 1931, and afterwards on both the trams and buses. It therefore seems highly likely that tramway men would have worn uniforms bearing Pattern 2 buttons during the last few years of the system's life.