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Cambridge Street Tramways

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Status  Closed
Route length  2.67 miles (4.30 km)
Close  18 February 1914
Propulsion system(s)  Horse
Open  28 October 1880
Locale  Cambridge
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Track gauge  1,435 mm (4 ft 8 ⁄2 in)
Depot(s)  184 East Road, Cambridge

Cambridge Street Tramways operated a horse-drawn tramway service in Cambridge, England, between 1880 and 1914.

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History

The tramway was inspected by Major General Charles Scrope Hutchinson from the Board of Trade and opened for public use on 28 October 1880. The system consisted of two routes centred on Hyde Park Corner, Senate House to Newmarket Road and Christ's College to Cambridge railway station. Other lines proposed along Newmarket Road, Maid’s Causeway and Emmanuel Road were not constructed.

Closure

In 1907. the Ortona Bus Service was launched and this competition with the tramway service severely affected the profits, and the system struggled on until 18 February 1914 when it closed.

One tram vehicle survived post closure, and was acquired by the Ipswich Transport Museum in 2003.

References

Cambridge Street Tramways Wikipedia


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