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BIRMINGHAM

UNITED KINGDOM

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1 Jan. 1950

The route system some time before final closure on 4 July 1953.




UNITED KINGDOM

BIRMINGHAM

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EDINBURGH

LONDON

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NOTTINGHAM

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Birmingham1950 tram map


INSET: DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham 1950 downtown tram map


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

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.)
  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

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.
  • 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.