Wolverhampton Corporation Tramways

Owner Wolverhampton Corporation
Took over 1st May 1900 (Wolverhampton Tramways Company [horse; steam]) - lines within Wolverhampton corporation boundary
Operator Wolverhampton Corporation
First electric route 6th February 1902
Last horse service 1903
Name changed circa 1921 (to Wolverhampton Corporation Tramways and Motors)
Took over 14th August 1925 (Fighting Cocks to Dudley section of the Wolverhampton District Electric Tramways - a British Electric Traction Company subsidiary)
Name changed February 1926 (to Wolverhampton Corporation Transport)
Taken over 9th August 1926 (Deans Rd to Willenhall section of the Wolverhampton District Electric Tramways)
Taken over 27th August 1928 (Stow Heath Lane to Bilston section of the Wolverhampton District Electric Tramways)
Took over 1st September 1928 (remaining Wolverhampton lines of the Wolverhampton District Electric Tramways)
Closed 30th November 1928
Length 13.85 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins; 4ft 8½ins

Button description The municipal arms (a shield bearing a cross dividing a column, a lock, a woolpack and a book) with cross keys and brazier crest, all above the motto: ‘OUT OF DARKNESS COMETH LIGHT’
Materials known Brass (1-piece construction); brass; nickel; chrome
Button Line reference [None]

Comments The above arms were granted to the Borough of Wolverhampton on 31st December 1898. Wolverhampton Corporation used an untitled coat of arms pattern button for all its transport services - including the tramways - up until the Corporation Transport concern's demise in 1969. The chrome issues actually post-date the tramway's closure, first appearing in 1946. I’ve included two variants, the first is a 1-piece button, the second a standard 3-piece button. It is highly likely that the latter were the type used on tramway uniforms.