Barnsley and District Tramway
Locale England
Dates of operation 1902 – 1930
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Headquarters Barnsley

The Barnsley and District Electric Traction Co was an electric tramway network serving the town of Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

The tramway was a subsidiary of the British Electric Traction and services begun on 31 October 1902. In early 1898, three companies had applied for local tramway systems, the Barnsley Corporation applied in 1900 for a larger network than it finally built. In 1913, the company began to run motor buses to Hoyland and other points, Electric was dropped form the company name in 1919. the Barnsley company changed its name to Yorkshire Traction Co. in 1928 and abandoned tramway operation in 1930.

Ignoring Oxford and Bristol, YTC is the largest bus operator to have originated from a tramway company in England.

Barnsley Tramway - May Day Green

A Barnsley tramway in 1902.

The networkEdit

Barnsley and District Tramway plan

The Barnsley and District tramway network in 1925.

The Barnsley electric tramway was a narrow gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) line, running from Smithies (near Monk Bretton Colliery) to the south of Barnsley, 2 miles south of the town centre to two termini, at Worsborough Bridge and Worsborough Dale. The line ran from the level crossing on Old Mill Lane, down the Barnsley town centre to Sheffield Road and split in two termini down Park Road and High Street. At the road junctionsouth of Market Place, the left fork was occupied by the Dearne & District. Both networks were virtually next to each other at this point but never connected.


The Barnsley tramway was to be larger than it actually were but the Great Central Railway company refused the passing of tramway tracks of its own network, and prevented authorised lines to be built. One of these lines was to push the tramway away from Barnsley towards Carlton Road to the North. Other extensions were to extend the tramway into a loop on Park road in Locke Park and south from Worsborough Bridge down Sheffield Road to Hoyland Common, this extension was also blocked by the GCR.

Barnsley and District Tramway - Sheffield Rd depot plan

Barnsley trams' Sheffield Rd depot.

Tram depotsEdit

Barnsley Tramway - Bus shed 06-05-06

A view of the 1920 bus depot.

Sheffield Road shedEdit

The shed stood next to the 1920s bus garage of the same company to the south of Barnsley town centre. The shed had four running tracks and an extensive yard. Overhaul workshops were situated to the back of the shed.

At the end of tramway operations the depot became a bus depot exclusively, the entire works are in use today.

Rolling stockEdit

The Barnsley & Disctrict used three types of vehicles.

  • 13 four-wheeled double-deck tramcars.
  • 1 demi-car.

Tramways in South Yorkshire and Humberside
(Closed systems)

Barnsley and District | Dearne District | Doncaster | Grimsby | Grimsby & Immingham
Hull | Mexborough & Swinton | Rotherham | Sheffield

Tram transport in the UK edit

Historic town tramway systems in the United Kingdom (v/t)


Alford and Sutton - Barnsley and District - Birmingham Corporation - Blackpool - Brill - Bristol - Chesterfield - City of Birmingham - Dearne District - Derby - Doncaster - Grimsby & Immingham - Grimsby District - Heaton Park - Hull - Ilkeston - Liverpool - London County Council - London United - Maidstone Corporation - Mansfield & District - Matlock - Mexborough & Swinton - Nottingham Corporation - Nottingham & District - Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire - Rotherham - Scarborough funiculars - Sheffield - Southampton - Volks Electric - Warrington - Wisbech and Upwell - Wolverton and Stony Stratford


Great Orme - Swansea and Mumbles Railway - Pwllheli and Llanbedrog


Glasgow - Scottish Tramway and Transport Society

Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway Tramway

Isle of Man

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway - Douglas Southern Electric Tramway - Manx Electric Railway - Snaefell Mountain Railway - Upper Douglas Cable Tramway


Maley & Taunton