Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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Devonport and District Tramways Company car number 4
at the Pennycomequick terminus.
Note the two conductors and, in the background, the North Road Station signals.
From the author's collection.

Commencement (see note A below)

Official opening during the morning of Wednesday June 26th 1901.  Public traffic from Midday Wednesday June 26th 1901.  Unfortunately the first day was almost a disaster as there was insufficient electrical power to operate the nineteen tramcars put into service.  As a result only two cars were used on this route on the remainder of the first day. 

Original Route (see note B below)

Fore Street, Devonport, Paradise Road, Wilton Street, Stuart Road, Borough boundary at Pennycomequick.

Fare for the whole of the journey was one penny.

Subsequent development (see note C below)


Through running, Monday October 23rd  1916

Following the amalgamation of the Three Towns in November 1914, the Devonport and District Tramways Company's network was linked to the Plymouth Corporation Tramways network at Pennycomequick and on and as from Monday October 23rd 1916 a new Route 6 was brought into operation linking the Fore Street, Devonport, to Pennycomequick, North Road Plymouth Station and a new terminus at the Guildhall, Plymouth.  The fare for any distance on any one tramcar on any one route was one penny.

Unification of the Network, Saturday July 1st 1922

Remained as Route 6.

Note A:  Wherever possible an exact date of commencement of a service is shown.  However, in a lot of cases no precise date has been recorded so reference will be made to official returns to the Council or other documentary evidence to narrow the date down as much as possible.

Note B:  This gives the roads and streets the service passed through.  A road or street name in brackets indicates that it has not been confirmed beyond doubt that the road or street was used by buses on this route but it is a "best guess" based on the author's knowledge of the practice at the time.  If it is subsequently confirmed by either documentary or photographic evidence that the road or street was traversed by this service then the brackets will be deleted.

Note C:  Where deviations to the original route are shown they will be from and to a road or street named in the "Original Route" section so that the alteration in route can be easily followed.