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British Gas Traction Co

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British Gas Traction Company, operator of gas-powered trams .

1896 Company incorporated on 13 July with an initial capitalisation of £250,000. Its major shareholders were Russell Cummins and John Fletcher Moulton M.P. The company was set up to operate gas-powered trams, initially on the Blackpool, St. Annes and Lytham Tramway, the first such tramway in Britain. The early success of the vehicles led to an invitation to operate similar schemes elsewhere, including a newly constructed three-mile stretch of tramway in Trafford Park.

1897 The Trafford Park service opened on 23 July but was suspended a few days later after two women were injured when one of the trams left the rails; the service did not resume until 8 April 1898.

1899 the company was in serious financial difficulties; entered compulsory liquidation on 1 November.

1914 Administered by the liquidators until 29 August 1914.

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