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BIRMINGHAM

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1930

The Birmingham tram network at practically its peak.




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INSET: DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham 1930 downtown tram map


ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAPS

AC Aston Cross MRD Moseley Rd. Depot
AS Albert St. MS Martineau St.
ASW Aston Six Ways NI New Inns
BG Bordesley Green NS Navigation St.
BR Bolton Rd. NSS New Street Station
CH Cape Hill PMR Pebble Mill Rd.
CHP Cannon Hill Park PR Park Rd.
CR Colmore Row SB Sparkbrook
DE Dale End SGL Showell Green Lane
FR Foundry Rd. SH Small Heath
GH Gravelly Hill SL Steelhouse Lane
GL Grove Lane SR Station Rd.
HS Hill St. SS Station St.
MR Moseley Rd. WR Warwick Rd.

TRAM ROUTES

Operator: Birmingham Corporation Tramways

  1 Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Stockland Green
  2 Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Erdington (Chester Rd.)
  3 Martineau St. - Aston Six Ways - Witton
  3X Martineau St. - Aston Cross - Witton
  4 Hill St. - Bradford St. - Stratford Rd. - Stoney Lane
  5 Lozells - Aston Six Ways - Gravelly Hill
  6 Martineau St. - Aston Six Ways - Perry Barr
  8 Martineau St. - Coleshill St. - Saltley - Alum Rock
  9 Martineau St. - Coleshill St. - Saltley - Ward End
10 Martineau St. - Coleshill St. - Saltley - Ward End - Washwood Heat Rd.
11 Albert St. - Fazeley St. - Bordesley Green
12 Albert St. - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Bordesley Green
13 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Small Heath
14 Station St. - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Small Heath
15 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Small Heath - Hay Mills - South Yardley
16 Station St. - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Small Heath - Hay Mills - South Yardley
17 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Stratford Rd. - Springfield - Hall Green - City Boundary
18 Station St. - Bradford St. - Stratford Rd. - Springfield - Hall Green - City Boundary
19 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Stratford Rd. - Showell Green Lane
20 Station St. - Bradford St. - Stratford Rd. - Showell Green Lane
21 Station St. - Bradford St. - Stratford Rd. - Springfield (College Rd.)
22 Hill St. - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Bolton Rd.
23 Colmore Row - Hockley - Soho Rd. - Handsworth (Birmingham Rd.)
24 Colmore Row - Wheeler St. - Lozells - Colmore Row [Loop, Counterclockwise]
25 Colmore Row - Lozells - Wheeler St. - Colmore Row [Loop, Clockwise]
26 Colmore Row - Hockley - Oxhill Rd.
27 Colmore Row - Hockley - Handsworth (Soho Rd.)
28 Colmore Row - Hockley - Soho Rd. - Handsworth (New Inns)
29 Edmund St. - Spring Hill - Dudley Rd. - Cape Hill - Bearwood
30 Edmund St. - Spring Hill - Dudley Rd. - Cape Hill
31 Edmund St. - Spring Hill - Heath St. - Soho
32 Edmund St. - Jewellery Quarter - Lodge Rd. - Foundry Rd.
33 Navigation St. - Bath Row - Icknield Port Rd. - Ladywood
34 Navigation St. - Bath Row - Hagley Rd. - Bearwood
35 Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Selly Oak
36 Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Pershore Rd. - Cotteridge
37 Navigation St. - Hurst St. - Sherlock St. - Cannon Hill Park
38 Hill St. - Hurst St. - Sherlock St. - Park Rd. - Moseley - Kings Heath
39 Hill St. - Hurst St. - Sherlock St. - Park Rd. - Moseley - Kings Heath - Alcester Lanes End
40 Hill St. - Hurst St. - Leopold St.. - Mosely Rd. - Moseley - Kings Heath
41 Navigation St. - Hurst St. - Leopold St.. - Mosely Rd. - Moseley Rd. Depot
42 Dale End - Bradford St. - Moseley Rd. - Moseley - Kings Heath - Alcester Lanes End
43 Dale End - Bradford St. - Moseley Rd. - Moseley - Station Rd.
44 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Stratford Rd. - Warwick Rd. - Tyseley - Acocks Green
45 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Stratford Rd. - Sparkbrook
46 Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Pershore Rd. - Stirchley
47 Hill St. - Hurst St. - Leopold St.. - Mosely Rd. - Moseley - Station Rd.
48 Dale End - Bradford St. - Moseley Rd. - Moseley - Kings Heath
49 Hill St. - Hurst St. - Sherlock St. - Park Rd.
50 Dale End - Bradford St. - Moseley Rd. - - Moseley Rd. Depot
51 Hill St. - Hurst St. - Leopold St.. - Mosely Rd. - Moseley - Kings Heath - Alcester Lanes End
52 Hill St. - Hurst St. - Sherlock St. - Park Rd. - Moseley - Station Rd.
53 Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Pershore Rd. - Ten Acres
54 Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Pebble Mill Rd.
55 Edmund St. - Spring Hill - Dudley Rd./Grove Lane
56 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Small Heath - Hay Mills
57 Station St. - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Small Heath - Hay Mills
58 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Bradford St. - Stratford Rd. - Stoney Lane
63 Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Tyburn Rd. - Fort Dunlop
64 Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Erdington (High St.)
65 Hill St. - Hurst St. - Leopold St.. - Mosely Rd. - Moseley
66 Hill St. - Hurst St. - Sherlock St. - Park Rd. - Moseley
67 Dale End - Bradford St. - Moseley Rd. - Moseley
69 Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - North Field
70 Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - North Field - Longbridge - Rednal
71 Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - North Field - Longbridge - Rubery
72 Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - North Field - Longbridge
73 Colmore Row - Hockley - Soho Rd. - Handsworth - West Bromwich - Carters Green
74 Colmore Row - Hockley - Soho Rd. - Handsworth - West Bromwich - Carters Green - Great Bridge - Dudley
75 Colmore Row - Hockley - Soho Rd. - Handsworth - West Bromwich - Carters Green - Wednesbury
76 Colmore Row - Hockley - Soho Rd. - Handsworth - West Bromwich - Carters Green - Great Bridge
77 Colmore Row - Hockley - Soho Rd. - Handsworth - West Bromwich
78 Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Stockland Green - Short Heath
79 Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Tyburn Rd. - Chester Rd.
80 Edmund St. - Spring Hill - Dudley Rd. - Cape Hill - Smethwick
82 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Stratford Rd. - Springfield - Hall Green (Highfield Rd.)
83 Station St. - Bradford St. - Stratford Rd. - Springfield - Hall Green (Highfield Rd.)
84 Albert St. - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Bordesley Green - Stechford
85 Edmund St. - Spring Hill - Dudley Rd. - Cape Hill - Smethwick - West Smethwick
86 Edmund St. - Spring Hill - Dudley Rd. - Cape Hill - Smethwick - West Smethwick - Oldbury
87 Edmund St. - Spring Hill - Dudley Rd. - Cape Hill - Smethwick - West Smethwick - Oldbury - Dudley
88 Cape Hill - Smethwick - West Smethwick
89 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Stratford Rd. - Springfield (College Rd.)
90 Albert St. - Fazeley St. - Bordesley Green - Stechford
91 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Stratford Rd. - Warwick Rd. - Tyseley


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Tramway: 130 km.


HISTORY

Tramways

  • Horse tramways: 20 May 1872 - 1907.
  • Steam tramways: 1882 - 31 Dec. 1906.
  • Cable tramways: 1888 - 1911.
  • First-generation electric tramway: 4 Jan. 1904 - 4 July 1953.
  • Revived tramway (Midland Metro): 31 May 1999 - today.

GAUGE

  • Tramways (First-generation tramways): 1067 mm.
  • Midland Metro: 1435 mm.

SOURCES

PRINT

  • Bett, W.H. & Gillham, J.C. Great British tramway networks. London: Light Railway Transport League, 1962.
  • "Birmingham City transport tramway services" The Modern Tramway, Feb. 1946 (9: 97), p.15.
  • Gilbert, C. "Memories of Birmingham's steam trams" Modern Tramway, Apr.-May 1965 (28: 328-329), p.117-127 and 162-170.
  • Hewitt, P. & Moreno, A. "Birmingham's 'Big Bang'" Tramways & Urban Transit, July 2017 (80: 955), p.256-261.
  • Hewitt, P. & Moreno, A. "Midland Metro to 2030" Tramways & Urban Transit, Sept. 2017 (80: 957), p.335-340.
  • Jaques, P. (ed.) Camwell's Birmingham: One man's transport perspective. Droitwich: Birmingham Transport Historical Group, 2007.

WIKIS

WEB SITES

Thanks to Urs Mattmann (from London, England) for the information and photos he kindly sent me concerning the Birmingham system.