South Shields Tramways

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South Shields Tramways
Locale South Shields
Open 1 August 1883
Close 31 January 1906
Status Closed
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Horse
Route length 2.53 miles (4.07 km)

The South Shields Tramways operated a tramway service in South Shields between 1883 and 1906.[1]


The South Shields Tramways were constructed by South Shields Corporation. The services were operated under a lease by South Shields Tramways Company. Services started on 1 August 1883.

By 1886 the company was in financial difficulty, and services stopped on 30 April. The tramcars were sold in an auction to the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway. Tramcar 14 is in the Manx Museum and 18 still operates on the Douglas system (both Double Deckers)

On 28 March 1887, a new lease arranged by the Corporation with the South Shields Tramways and Carriage Company enabled services to restart.


The company was taken over in 1899 by British Electric Traction in expectation that it would be allowed to modernise and electrify the services. However, it withdrew and the new tramway opened, operated by South Shields Corporation Tramways.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.

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