INSET: CENTRAL BIRMINGHAM
ABBREVIATIONS ON THE MAPS
|AC||Aston Cross||NS||Navigation St.|
|ASW||Aston Six Ways||NSS||New Street Station|
|GH||Gravelly Hill||PMR||Pebble Mill Rd.|
|MS||Martineau St.||SL||Steelhouse Lane|
Chronology of major track abandonments 1940-1949 (with affected routes in parentheses)
- Edmund St. - Foundry Rd. (32): 29 March 1947
- Ladywood route (33): 30 Aug. 1947
- Stechford / South Yardley group of routes (11, 12, 13, 15, 56, 84, 90): 2 Oct. 1948
- Cannon Hill Park route (37): 1 Oct. 1949
- Moseley / Cannon Hill Park group of routes (37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 48, 49, 50, 51, 65, 66, 67): 1 Oct. 1949
- Martineau St. - Aston Six Ways - Perry Barr (6): 21 Dec. 1949
- Aston Cross- Witton (3X): 31 Dec. 1949
Chronology of major track abandonments 1950-1953 (closure of the system) (with affected routes in parentheses)
- Lozells route (5): 30 Sept. 1950
- Saltley routes (8, 9, 10): 30 Sept. 1950
- Pershore Rd. routes (36, 46, 53): 5 May 1952
- Bristol Rd. routes (35, 54, 69, 70, 71, 72): 5 July 1952
- Erdington routes (2, 64): 4 June 1953
- Stockland Green / Tyburn group of routes (1, 63, 78, 79): 4 July 1953
Operator: Birmingham Corporation Tramways
|1||Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Stockland Green|
|2||Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Erdington (Chester Rd.)|
|5||Lozells - Aston Six Ways - Gravelly Hill|
|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.|
|35||Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Selly Oak|
|36||Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Pershore Rd. - Cotteridge|
|46||Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Pershore Rd. - Stirchley|
|53||Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Pershore Rd. - Ten Acres|
|54||Navigation St. - Bristol St. - Bristol Rd. - Pebble Mill Rd.|
|63||Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Tyburn Rd. - Fort Dunlop|
|64||Steelhouse Lane - Aston Cross - Gravelly Hill - Erdington (High St.)|
|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.|
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Tramway: ? km.
- 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.
- Tramways (First-generation tramways): 1067 mm.
- Midland Metro: 1435 mm.
- Ballinger, M. "Midland Metro: 'One damn thing after another'" Light Rail & Modern Tramway, July 1995 (58: 691), p.208-210.
- 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.
- Birmingham Corporation Tramways
- Transport for West Midlands
- Transport in Birmingham
- West Midlands Metro
Thanks to Urs Mattmann (from London, England) for the information and photos he kindly sent me concerning the Birmingham system.
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