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Darwen Corporation Tramways

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1898 The Blackburn and Over Darwen Tramways Company was acquired by Blackburn Corporation and Darwen Corporation who took over the sections of track in their respective towns.

Darwen leased its lines to Blackburn Corporation allowing the steam trams to continue running.

1901 Darwen recovered the lines from Blackburn Corporation and electrified its system.

Ten open-topped bogie cars were purchased from George F. Milnes and Co.

Various branch lines were added to the system

1905 A four-wheel demi-car with trucks by Mountain and Gibson was purchased for one-man operation of the Hoddelesden route followed by two more the next year.

1926 A motorbus service began to Chapels, Bold Venture Park, Spring Vale and Sunnyhurst.

1936 The final purchase of trams was of two new English Electric streamlined trams

1937 Motorbuses replaced trams on the Hoddelesden route.

1946 The tram service was replaced by buses.

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Sources of Information

  • Local transport history [1]