Bett, Wingate H. and John C. Gillham.
Great British tramway networks. London: Light Railway Transport League, 4th ed., 1962. 200pp. + folding maps + 56 plates..
There are those who may doubt if street tramways have anything to do with railways, but the Burton and Ashby Light Rly was owned by the Midland Railway, later by the LMS. The Swansea and Mumbles Railway claimed to be the oldest passenger carrier; the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric Railway was inter-urban in nature, as was the railway-owned Grimsby and Immingham Electric Railway. The Isle of Thanet Electric Supply Co. ran an inter-urban system and the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway is perhaps an unusual candidate for a book on tramway networks. Finally, the joys of the Kinver Tramway sound like some lost branch line: "A little way beyond [Wollaston], the track passed onto a strip if land at the side of the road, and the route then became very pleasantly rural, so continuing to the Stewponey Hotel, near Stourton. Here it forsook the road entirely, and, crossing the River Stour by a private bridge, ran as a fenced light railway, on flat-bottomed rails, to the terminus at Kinver, where there were station premises complete with sidings, waiting room, and ticket office." The line served Kinver village and opened up resort area of Kinver Edge. goods and parcels services: it even carried milk churns.
The work is gradually being replaced by a series of fascicules.