Barrow-in-Furness Tramways Company

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Barrow-in-Furness Tramways Company
Michaelson Road Bridge old photo.jpg
Tram tracks on Michaelson Road Bridge
Locale Barrow-in-Furness
Open 11 July 1885
Close 5 April 1932
Status Closed
Track gauge 4 ft (1,219 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Steam then Electric
Route length 6.39 miles (10.28 km)

The Barrow-in-Furness Tramways Company operated a tramway service in Barrow-in-Furness between 1885 and 1932.[1]


The Barrow-in-Furness Tramways Company was owned by Barrow-in-Furness Corporation. It started steam operated tramway services on 11 July 1885, with eight steam locomotives from Kitson and Company and eight trailers from the Falcon Works.

On 23 December 1899 it was taken over by British Electric Traction who proceeded to modernise and electrify the system. The first electric service ran on 6 February 1904.

Barrow-in-Furness Corporation took over operation of the service on 1 January 1920 at a cost of £96,250 (equivalent to £3,486,650 in 2015).[2] The last service ran on 5 April 1932.

Network map[edit]

Contemporary map of Barrow showing all former tram lines in black.
Walney Line
Ramsden Dock Line
Barrow Island Line
Roose Line
Duke Street Line
Abbey Road Line
Contemporary map of Barrow showing the location of all former tram lines in black.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.