Pwllheli Corporation Tramways

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Pwllheli Corporation Tramways
Pwllheli and Llanbedrog and Pwllheli Corporation Tramways.jpg
Map of the Pwllheli Corporation Tramways (red line) and Pwllheli and Llanbedrog Tramways (black line)
Locale Pwllheli
Open 24 July 1899
Close September 1919
Status Closed
Track gauge 2 ft 6 in (762 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Horse
Route length 0.51 miles (0.82 km)

Pwllheli Corporation Tramways operated a short horse-drawn tramway service in Pwllheli between 1899 and 1919.[1]


The short horse-drawn tramway service from Pwllheli railway station to Victoria Parade operated a summer service. It opened on 24 July 1899 when over 1,000 tickets were purchased.[2] The tramway was built by the workmen of the Corporation and consisted of a single line with a passing loop at the centre. It was built to a gauge of 2 ft 6in. The Corporation provided open and covered cars. The open one had reversible seats for 24 passengers, and the closed one could accommodate 16 passengers. The fare was 1d. (equivalent to £0.46 in 2018),[3] with special workmen’s fares of 1/2 d.[4]

Proposals were put forwards for a connection to the Pwllheli and Llanbedrog Tramway, but these were never advanced, presumably, one of the major issues was the difference in track gauge.


The service ceased after the summer season in 1919. It was dismantled shortly afterwards.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ "The Pwllheli Tramway". North Wales Chronicle. Wales. 29 July 1899. Retrieved 13 September 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ 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 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Pwllheli". Sheffield Independent. England. 5 August 1899. Retrieved 24 October 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).

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