Blackburn Corporation Tramways

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Blackburn Corporation Tramways
Locale Blackburn
Open 28 May 1887
Close 3 September 1949
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Horse, steam then electric
Route length 14.73 miles (23.71 km)

Blackburn Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Blackburn, Lancashire, England between 1887 and 1949.[1]


Blackburn Corporation Tramways Company was established in 1886 by Cosh & Cramp, a partnership of a London-based tramway contractor and engineer, Charles Courtney Cramp and Richard Lawrence Cosh.

Blackburn Corporation operated a tramway from 28 May 1887. There were two routes operated by steam power, and two by horse-drawn trams. Fourteen steam engines were obtained from Thomas Green & Son at a cost of £700 (equivalent to £78,414 in 2019) [2] each.

In 1888, Robert Walter Cramp, brother of Charles Courtney Cramp, was appointed manager.

On 24 August 1898, Blackburn Corporation purchased the Company for £77,210 (equivalent to £8,664,089 in 2019),[2] and undertook a programme of modernisation and electrification. The power station was at the junction of Bridge Street, and Jubilee Street.

The company acquired 48 tramcars from G.F. Milnes & Co. and 12 from United Electric Car Company which were decorated in an Olive Green and Ivory livery.

Through running arrangements were agreed with the cars of the Darwen Corporation Tramways system.


The last service ran on 3 September 1949.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ a b UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
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