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Swansea Improvements and Tramways Co

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of Swansea and Donington House, Norfolk Street, Strand, London

The Swansea street tramway network was built and operated by the Swansea Improvements and Tramways Co, a British Electric Traction Co (BET) subsidiary. [1]

1878 The system opened with the Town Centre to St. Helens and Morriston routes.

1882 Service to Cwmbwrla opened. The latter was steam worked.

1899 As from 1st July, the company has leased for 999 years the properties of the Mumbles Railway and Pier Co and the Swansea and Mumbles Railway.

1900 From June 30th, the tramways (5.5 miles) have been worked by electric traction. [2] All three routes were electrified.

1905 Expansion to Brynmill, Sketty, Port Tennant and Brynhyfryd followed.

Swansea's trams were a varied selection of cars, many obtained secondhand from other systems, with low bridges in the docks area necessitating a fleet of single deckers. Double deck vehicles were used on services to the west of the town centre. The fleet size was fairly static, being maintained at around 80. Fleet livery was maroon and cream.

1937 The system closed on 29th June, replacement bus services being provided by SWT.

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  2. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908