Lanarkshire Tramways

The Lanarkshire Tramways was a tramway between Hamilton, Motherwell, and Wishaw from 1903 to 1931.[1]

Lanarkshire Tramways
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Lanarkshire Tramways No 53 preserved at Summerlee, Museum of Scottish Industrial Life
LocaleHamilton, Motherwell, Wishaw
Open22 July 1903
Close14 February 1931
Track gauge4 ft 7+34 in (1,416 mm)
Propulsion system(s)Electric
Route length28.43 miles (45.75 km)


The tramway was authorised by the Hamilton, Motherwell and Wishaw Tramways Act of 1900. Services started on 22 July 1903, the company taking the shorter name, Lanarkshire Tramways.

An extension was opened on 20 January 1907 which provided a connection with Glasgow Corporation Tramways.


The tramway ceased operation on 14 February 1931, the company having changed its name the previous year to the Lanarkshire Traction Company.

One tram survived into preservation, No 53, and is currently at the Summerlee, Museum of Scottish Industrial Life.


  1. ^ Directory of British Tramways, Volume 3. Keith Turner. ISBN 978 0 7524 4239 6

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