Rhondda Tramways



Owner Rhondda Urban District Council
Took over 31st October 1904 (lines of the defunct Pontypridd and Rhondda Valley Tramways [horse] within the council boundaries)
Opened 11th July 1908 (electric)
Operator (lessee) Rhondda Tramways Company Limited (a subsidiary of the National Electric Construction Co Ltd)
Closed 1st February 1934
Length 20.92 miles
Gauge 3ft 6ins

Button description Stylised block-letter initials ‘R.T.C’
Materials known Chrome
Button Line reference [None]


Comments The Pontypridd and Rhondda Valley Tramway was purchased by British Electric Traction in 1898, but when local authority (Rhondda and Pontypridd Urban District Councils) agreement to extend and electrify the system was not forthcoming, BET eventually split the system and sold it to the respective councils.

The Rhondda Tramways Company began running buses in 1920, changing its name in June 1934 - after the demise of the tramway system - to the Rhondda Transport Company Limited. Bus staff were definitely issued the above pattern button, and given that there was no need for a pattern change, it would seem logical to assume that the 'transport' company merely continued to issue the pattern of buttons it had used throughout its tramway days; however, I currently have no evidence to support this assertion.

The NEC also owned and/or operated the Dewsbury, Ossett & Soothill Nether Tramways (1908-1931), City of Oxford Tramways (1908-1914), Mexborough & Swinton Tramways (1907-1929), Musselburgh and District Tramways (1904-1932) and Torquay Tramways (1907-1934).