Wolverton and Stony Stratford Tramway
Locale England
Dates of operation 1887 – 1926
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Length 4½ miles
Headquarters Wolverton

The Krauss steam tram

The Wolverton and Stony Stratford Tramway was a narrow gauge street tramway that ran between Wolverton in Buckinghamshire and Deanshanger in Northamptonshire via Stony Stratford (Bucks) between 1887 and 1926.

History Edit

The tramway opened in 1887.[1] It initially connected Stony Stratford with the London and North Western Railway's (LNWR) Wolverton railway works and Wolverton railway station two miles to the east.

A 2½ mile long extension opened in 1888 to serve Deanshanger, to the west of Stony Stratford, but the tramway company quickly ran into financial trouble and declared bankruptcy in 1889. The line was purchased by a syndicate of Bedford businessmen who reopened the Wolverton to Stony Stratford section in 1891. The Deanshanger extension never re-opened.

In the early 1920s the line was taken over by the LNWR who purchased a new Bagnall tram locomotive. After the LNWR was merged into the London Midland and Scottish Railway the line was soon closed, in 1926.

The line was unusual for a British street tramway being entirely worked by steam locomotives; indeed it was the last steam worked street tramway in the United Kingdom.

Locomotives Edit

Builder Type Date Notes
Krauss 0-4-0 tram 1886
Green 0-4-0 tram
Brush 0-4-0 tram
W.G. Bagnall 0-4-0ST 1922


One of the carriages (significantly larger than a Routemaster double-decker bus) is on display at the Milton Keynes Museum on Stacey Hill (southern edge of Wolverton) and a variety of memorabilia is on display.

References Edit

  1. Milton Keynes Heritage (map). Milton Keynes Development Corporation 1983

Other sourcesEdit

See alsoEdit

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