Croydon Corporation Tramways



Owner Croydon Corporation
Opened 6th June 1897 (horse) - short connecting line between two Croydon Tramways Company lines
Operator (lessee) Croydon Tramways Company
Took over
22nd January 1900 (Croydon Tramways Company [horse])
Operator (lessee) British Electric Traction Company Limited (BETCo)
First electric route 26th September 1901
Last horse service January/February 1902
Took over (operation) 1st June 1906 (on expiry of the BETCo's lease)
Taken over 1st July 1933 (London Transport)
Length 11.92 miles
Gauge 4ft 8½ins

Button description (Pattern 1)
Wheel, magnet and electrical flashes
Materials known Brass (issued to staff 1901 to 1906)
Button Line reference [113/16]

Button description (Pattern 2)
Title (‘CROYDON CORPORATION TRAMWAYS’) surrounding the municipal arms (a quartered shield bearing three choughs, three crosses, a single cross and a battlement)
Materials known Brass; black horn
Button Line reference [113/21]

Comment Support for brass Pattern 1 buttons being issued to BETCo staff working on the Croydon Corporation Tramways system can be found in 'The Tramways of Croydon', G E Baddeley; Light Rail Transport Association (1983).