Croydon Horse Tram

A Croydon Horse Tram in London Road, Broad Green. c. 1890. The sign outside the pub with the ladders leaning against the wall says 'Rising Sun'. Croydon Corporation Tramways were opened in 1879.

Horse trams were used on short routes, when electrification came, routes were extended and joined up. Some of the Croydon trams were turned over to trolleybus operation in the 1930s. The rest went to motor bus in 1951. When the trolleybus operation ended motor buses took over. Trams are now making as revival in Croydon.

London's first tramways first started on 23 March 1861, between Marble Arch and Notting Hill Gate. The lines were taken up shortly after as the rails projected from the roadway, and were a danger to other road users. The first regularly tramway was between Brixton and Kennington Gate on 2 May 1870, by the Metropolitan Street Tramways Company. The North Metropolitan Tramways Company started a service a week later between Whitechapel Church and Bow Church.

Electric traction was inaugurated on 4 April 1901, by London United Tramways Co. Ltd on a route from Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush to Kew Bridge, and Shepherd's Bush to Acton.

See Croydon Corporation electric trams. circa 1909.
See Croydon Tramlink October 2000.

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