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Birmingham1940 tram map


INSET: DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham 1940 downtown tram map


ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAPS

AC Aston Cross MRD Moseley Rd. Depot
AS Albert St. MS Martineau St.
ASW Aston Six Ways NS Navigation St.
BG Bordesley Green NSS New Street Station
CHP Cannon Hill Park PMR Pebble Mill Rd.
DE Dale End PR Park Rd.
FR Foundry Rd. SH Small Heath
GH Gravelly Hill SL Steelhouse Lane
HS Hill St. SR Station Rd.
MR Moseley Rd. SS Station St.

Chronology of major track abandonments 1930-1939 (with affected routes in parentheses)

  • Bolton Rd. (22): 4 Feb. 1930
  • Hagley Rd. - Bearwood (34): 9 Aug. 1930
  • Stratford Rd. group of lines (4,17,44,45,18,21,58,82,83,89,91): 5 Jan. 1937
  • Handsworth group of lines (23,24,26,27,28,73,74,75,76,77): 1 Apr. 1939
  • Edmund St. - Dudley Rd. group of lines (29,30,31,55,80,85,86,87,88): 30 Sept. 1939
  • Aston Six Ways - Witton (3): 11 Sept. 1939

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.)
  3X Martineau St. - Aston Cross - Witton
  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
15 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Small Heath - Hay Mills - South Yardley
32 Edmund St. - Jewellery Quarter - Lodge Rd. - Foundry Rd.
33 Navigation St. - Bath Row - Icknield Port Rd. - Ladywood
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.
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.
56 Dale End - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Small Heath - Hay Mills
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
78 Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Stockland Green - Short Heath
79 Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Tyburn Rd. - Chester Rd.
84 Albert St. - Deritend High St. - Coventry Rd. - Bordesley Green - Stechford
90 Albert St. - Fazeley St. - Bordesley Green - Stechford


CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM

NETWORK LENGTH

  • Tramway: ? 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.
  • 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.


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