Nelson Corporation Tramways

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Nelson Corporation Tramways
Burnley, Nelson and Colne Tramways.jpg
Map of the tramways of Burnley, Padiham, Nelson and Colne
Locale Nelson, Lancashire
Open 23 February 1903
Close 6 January 1934
Status Closed
Track gauge 4 ft (1,219 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Depot(s) Charles Street
Route length 2.74 miles (4.41 km)

Nelson Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Nelson, Lancashire between 1903 and 1934.[1]


The tramway was authorised by the Nelson Light Railway Order of 1901

The tramway route ran along the Leeds Road from the town centre to the boundary with Colne (to connect with the Colne and Trawden Light Railway.[2] It also connected with the Burnley Corporation Tramways network. There was also a branch line, from Scotland Road to Higherford Bridge.

In 1912, the company obtained two low height tramcars which could pass underneath the low bridge carrying the railway in Colne, and through services to Colne were initiated.

In 1924, the Barrowford section of the tramway was relaid after a proposal to substitute with buses was rejected.[3]


The company livery was red and white. Eight vehicles were purchased as follows:


The system closed on 6 January 1934.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ The Electrical engineer: Volume 32, 1903
  3. ^ The Electrical journal, Volume 92, 1924
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