Derby Tramways Company

Derby Tramways Company
Locale Derby, Derbyshire, England
Horsecar era: 1880 (1880)–1907 (1907)
Status Closed
Operator(s) Derby Tramways Company
Track gauge 4 ft (1,219 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Horses

The Derby Tramways Company operated horse-drawn tramway services in Derby from 1880 to 1904.


The registration of the Derby Tramways Company took place in October 1877. The first line opened on 6 March 1880 from the Market Place along St. Peter's Street to Midland Railway station. Further lines on Osmaston Road and Friar Gate lines had a total length of about two and a half miles. The lines were laid by Messrs. Mousley & Co.[1]

The final extensions were opened in 1881 with lines to the Normanton Hotel from The Spot, and Deadman's Lane from London Road.

Saint Peter's Street Derby, Trams and Hurd and Dean shop, say circa 1895


The initial rolling stock consisted of single-deck cars by Starbuck Car and Wagon Company (Nos. 1-16), and double-deck cars (Nos. 17-18 of 1887 and 19-20 of 1894). The depot was in Friar Gate.


With the Derby Corporation Act of 1899 the Corporation purchased the existing company and on 1 November 1899 took control of the services.[2] A second corporation act in 1901 gave them powers to construct new lines and electrify the existing lines as Derby Corporation Tramways.


  1. The builder. 1880
  2. Transport world: Volume 7, 1898

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