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Tram Collection

The first trams to operate in the Black Country were horse-drawn. They were easier to pull than traditional omnibuses and could carry more passengers at lower cost. This helped make public transport more affordable and quickly led to the growth of tram routes across the region.

From 1883 narrow-gauge steam trams were introduced by the Staffordshire & Birmingham District Steam Tramways Company. Further improvements soon followed across the district with the introduction of electric trams, creating a modern network that reached its height of popularity in the 1920s. 

Our Albion Depot provides accommodation for our collection of four trams dating from 1892 to the 1920s. See more information about each tram below:

Horse Drawn Tram 23 Horse Drawn Tram 23

Built in 1892 for the Wolverhampton Tramways Company, this tram operated on the Queens Square to Tettenhall route. Pulled by two horses on standard gauge track it could carry 44 passengers. With the introduction of electric trams it was withdrawn from service and sold for use as a garden shelter. Acquired by the...

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Tram 5 Tram 5

Tram 5 entered service in 1920 with the Dudley, Stourbridge and District Company. At just over 32 feet long it could accommodate 34 seated passengers and has two manually operated doors at each end. Withdrawn in 1930, it was sold for use as a summer house, before eventually being preserved in 1973. Recently restored...

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Tram 34 Tram 34

Built in 1919 for operation by Wolverhampton District Tramways, this enclosed single-decker could accommodate 32 seated passengers. Similar in design to our Tram 5, the low domed roof enabled the car to operate on routes that passed under low railway bridges.   Entered service: 1919   Withdrawn:...

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Tram 49 Tram 49

This Wolverhampton Corporation double decker tram was built in 1909. It is a typical Edwardian tramcar with an ornate lower saloon and open upper deck with traverse seating. Originally equipped with the Lorain system - taking its power supply from studs in the road - it was later converted to run from overhead...

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