|York Corporation Tramways|
Map of York Corporation Tramways
|Open||20 January 1910|
|Close||16 November 1935|
|Track gauge||3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)|
|Route length||8.49 miles (13.66 km)|
The York Corporation Tramways (YCT) provided an electric tramway and trolleybus service in York between 1910 and 1935.
In 1909 the Corporation of York purchased the assets of the York Tramways Company. 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge.Initially it took over the operation of the horse-drawn tramway, but put into effect immediate plans for its electrification and extension. The system eventually expanded to six main routes out from the city centre to Acomb, Dringhouses, Fulford, Haxby Road, Hull Road and South Bank. Unlike most other systems in England, it was built to
On 1 April 1934, the network became part of York-West Yorkshire when the YCT merged its operations with those of the West Yorkshire Road Car Company. Following a decision to abandon electric traction, the route to Dringhouses closed on 5 January 1935, the other five on 16 November 1935.
The YCT operated a fleet of 45 trams.
Before 1925, the fleet was renumbered and new cars were delivered:
In 1915 YCT purchased four 24-seat trolleybuses from the Edison & Swan Electric Light Company on services to Clifton and Heworth. They operated from a small depot on Foss Islands Road. Charging points were located at each of the termini. With these becoming life expired, in December 1920 four Railless trolleybuses entered service on route 4 from the foot of Parliament Street to Heworth. In 1921 all were transferred to YCT's new Piccadilly depot. Having too become life expired, all were replaced by motor buses in 1929.
With a view to resuming trolleybus operation, in January 1931 a double-deck Charles H Roe bodied Karrier was borrowed from Doncaster Corporation for evaluation, but it was deemed that double-deckers were not suitable and thus three 32-seat single deck Charles H Roe bodied Karrier-Cloughs were purchased, resuming trolleybus operation on route 4 in October 1931.
On 1 April 1934, all passed to the York-West Yorkshire when the YCT merged its operations with those of the West Yorkshire Road Car Company. Following a decision to abandon electric traction, the trolleybuses were withdrawn on 5 January 1935.
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