Manchester Bury Rochdale and Oldham Steam Tramways
The Company was formed for the purpose of constructing, equipping and working a system of steam tramways in the important residential and manufacturing districts in the neighbourhood of Manchester and Salford. …. The first route authorised by the Board of Trade, confirmed by Act of Parliament, was to run from Higher Broughton through Prestwich and Whitefield to Bury extending thence in the directions of Walmersley, Tottington and Heywood.
Reference Manchester Guardian 2 February 1883 – opening from Bury to Kersal Bar
Reference Manchester Guardian 23 October 1883 page 1 – prospectus second issue