Webpage created: May 24, 2016.
Webpage updated: May 24, 2017
FORE STREET TO TOR LANE
Route numbers were unknown in Old Devonport until after the amalgamation with Plymouth.
The Route ran from Fore Street to Paradise Road - Trafalgar Road - Tavistock Road - Milehouse - Tavistock Road - Borough boundary at Tor Lane.
Initially the service only ran as far as Milehouse, where the Company's Depot was situated. The section from there to Tor Lane was built by Devonport Corporation and leased from them. On Saturday October 31st 1903 the service was extended as far as the Devonport Borough boundary at Tor Lane.
Although the Board of Trade inspection took place on Tuesday June 11th 1901 it is understood that the Inspector only inspected the line as far as Milehouse.
When the public services commenced on Thursday June 27th 1901 the fare from Fore Street to Milehouse only was one penny.
Unfortunately it was found that passenger numbers over the section leased from the Corporation were not sufficient to pay the expenses of running the tramcars over those sections and the service to Tor Lane was cut back to Milehouse after Saturday January 16th 1909. After negotiating with the Corporation the service was subsequently resumed to Tor Lane.
In 1916, following the
amalgamation of Devonport and Plymouth, a junction was laid in at Peverell
Corner between the two systems and through services commenced. The
line from Peverell Corner to Tor Lane was then used only by Special services
for Dockyard workers. That section was abandoned in 1922.