Blackpool, St Annes and Lytham Tramway(s) Company Ltd



Owner Blackpool, St Annes and Lytham Tramways Company
Took over (lease) 11th July 1896 (Blackpool Corporation) - 1.25 miles of newly built, corporation-owned track along Lytham Rd South
Opened 11th July 1896 (gas)
Operator Gas Traction Company Ltd
Taken over (GTCo) ? July 1896 (British Gas Traction Company Ltd)
Taken over (BSTALTCo) October 1898 (Blackpool, St Anne's and Lytham Tramways Company Ltd - a newly registered public company)
Took over (operation) 1899 (from the British Gas Traction Company Ltd, which by this time was in severe financial difficulties)
Operator Blackpool, St Annes and Lytham Tramways Company Ltd
First horse service 13th April 1900
Last horse service May? 1901
Last gas service 27th January 1903 (closed for reconstruction)
First electric service 30th May 1903
End of lease 26th July 1917 - Lytham Rd South line, though operation continued under a through-running agreement
Taken over (track and operation) 1st November 1920 (St Annes-on-the-Sea Urban District Council)
Length 7.51 miles (6.26 miles owned by the company and 1.25 miles leased from Blackpool Corporation)
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description
Title (‘The Blackpool St Annes & Lytham Tramys Co Ltd’) surrounding three shields: 1) Seagull in flight on a background of waves, beneath a fleur-de-lys, thunderbolt and lion; 2) Arm with sword, prawn, rose and sailing ship; 3) Lighthouse on a rock, with seascape, pier and ship.
Materials known Nickel
Button Line reference [113/9]

Comment
The three shields on the button are - clockwise from the top - the arms of Blackpool, Lytham and St Annes.