First two photographs and timeline courtesy of the Bradford Industrial Museum. Brook Chalmers created this material for the Asgard blog: — George P. Landow

The tram depot in Thornbury, Bradford, is now home to a business that makes products out of steel. Today you’ll find the entire space occupied by a factory. However, this large building, which opened at the end of the Victorian era in 1901, was only part of the story. Initially a small shed-like building was opened at the location on Leeds Road, which was used for the original vehicles that ran without using a rail, and the site at Thornbury expanded as the tram service developed.

1847      March – First recorded horse-bus service to Great Horton.

1862      June – Suggestion for a ‘tram railway’ in the streets of Denholme.

1864      December – Bradford Livery Stable Co. began regular horse-bus services.

1882      February – Formal opening of Braford’s tramway – horse-drawn and company operated.

1882      September – First steam tram, company operated.

1892      March – Experimental Electric tram tested in Cheapside.

1897      September – Short-lived petrol bus service to Four Lane Ends.

1898      July – Corporation Tramways Department commenced public service using electric trams to Bolton.

1900      November – First Corporation electric tram service outside city boundary.

The tram service continued long after the Victorian era, and became a vital part of the cities infrastructure, until the 1960s when trams began to be replaced by buses.

Two photographs of Bradford Trolleybuses at Thornbury Deppt. From [Click on images to enlarge them.]

Two photographs of Thornbury Deppt before it was converted into the Flexiform factory. From [Click on images to enlarge them.]

Last modified 22 September 2017