Sunderland District Electric Tramways
|Sunderland District Electric Tramways|
|Map of the route of the Sunderland District Electric Tramways|
|Locale||Grangetown, Ryhope, Philadelphia, Hetton-le-Hole|
|Open||10 June 1905|
|Close||12 July 1925|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Route length||14.28 miles (22.98 km)|
The company was registered on 5 November 1903. Construction took nearly 18 months and the system was ready for opening on 10 June 1905. The main route of the tramway ran from Grangetown via Herrington to Easington Lane, with branches to Fencehouses and Penshaw.
The Newcastle upon Tyne Electricity Supply Company built a power plant at Philadelphia, behind the Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Collieries power station. The tram depot was located next to it and could house eighteen trams.
The company disposed of some trams in 1924 to Bolton Corporation Tramways. The remaining trams were sold in 1925, sixteen to Grimsby Corporation Tramways and others to Manchester Corporation Tramways. The tramway system closed on 15 July 1925 and the company was renamed as the Sunderland District Omnibus Company, running a fleet of blue buses.
- The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
- The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
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