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Halifax Corporation Tramways

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Status  Closed
Propulsion system(s)  Electric
Open  9 June 1898
Locale  Halifax
Track gauge  3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Route length  39.07 miles (62.88 km)
Close  14 February 1939
Depot(s)  Spring Hall, Pellon, and Skircoat Lane

Halifax Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Halifax, West Yorkshire between 1898 and 1939.

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History

Halifax was not easy territory in which to build a tramway, as Salterhebble Hill, one of the main routes to the south of the town centre, rose at 1 in 9.6. Consideration was given to building a lift, onto which the tramcars would run, or of building an inclined plane, on which the tramcar would be carried by trolley. Such systems had been used in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, but the route was built using conventional track. The tramcars were fitted with runback brakes, and track brakes were also fitted, but despite this, there were a number of accidents on the steep gradients.

Services started on 29 June 1898. Trams ran along three routes from the town centre

  • along Horton Street to Halifax railway station
  • to Kings Cross Street
  • to High Road Well
  • Subsequent additions to the network resulted in a route length of over 37 miles by 1905.

    The company expanded the tram fleet as services increased in popularity. By 1912, there were 102 tramcars in service. Shortly before closure, the number of tramcars had reached 131.

    Closure

    Services ended on 14 February 1939.

    References

    Halifax Corporation Tramways Wikipedia


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