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The Bacup Tramway between Bacup and Rawtenstall was constructed and opened in 1889, and  at first, steam motive power was used.  On the 20th July 1889, there was great excitement in  Bacup as this was the day when the tramway would be officially inspected and would be ready  for service to the public. A large crowd gathered at the Bulls Head comer awaiting the arrival of the tram from  Rawtenstall. The tram was comprised of two units the tram itself which accommodated the  passengers was pulled by a steam engine which was linked to the front of the tram. Everything  went to plan on the day until the time came to turn up Burnley Road, when the steam engine  came off the rails This happened two or three times, when after the engine had been  manhandled back onto the rails, it was decided that the terminus would in future be in front of  the  Market Hotel.   The steam car was not the favourite of everyone especially for those who lived at the side of the  road as many did back then. They complained that the tramcar was an absolute nuisance making a horrid smell and smoking. The  shopkeepers of Market Street complained about a loss in the trade as now people did not walk down the street to the station but caught the  tram. By 1901  trams were running between Bacup, Waterfoot and Rawtenstall every 20 minutes and on Saturdays and Sundays every 15  minutes, the line was electrified in 1909 with services to Roachdale being improved in 1911 by the opening of the Rochdale Light Railway.  
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1889 Baltic Fleet Tram Electric tram on Market Street 1914 Tram Shed on Rochdale Rd Rochdale Light Railway tram
The first stagecoach to serve the Bacup areas was run by a Mr James Howorth of Tunstead, it was  capable of carrying six persons inside and ten or twelve outside and was drawn by three or four  powerful horses.  In 1864  new horse bus service began from Bacup to Rochdale leaving from  Bacup station every Monday, the journey took 1 hour and the charges were 1/6 to sit inside  1/d to sit  outside. In 1869 the Whitworth Vale Coach Co, ran from outside the Green Man on Yorkshire Street,  leaving at 9.30, 14,00 and 18.45 daily. In May 1906 a motor bus traversed Rochdale Rd, Bacup and  St James Street this was to be the rout served by the Whitworth Vale Motor Bus Company.  In  August of the same year the new bus of the Rossendale Division Carriage Company arrived, it later  made several runs to Burnley.  Prior to 1909, Bacup had full control and running powers over her transport system, namely the  steam trams, but, in 1909, when the electric tram service was introduced, it was decided to allow  Rawtenstall to take over control of the service for a period of 30 years. Bacup had taken on a huge debt due to the construction of the  Cowpe reservoir and it was hoped by 1940 that the Council would be back in a better financial position to allow it to regain control of the  transport service. However in 1932, when Rawtenstall introduced the first motorised bus service, they requested that Bacup forgo the right to take over the  service in 1939 and to extend to Rawtenstall running powers beyond 1939 and offered a monetary compensation for this which Bacup  Council accepted, at which point they gave up any rights to run a bus service to Bacup. on the 8th July 1957, a new bus service covering the  areas of Thorn, Lodge Meadows, and Mettle Cote began. The Bacup, Todmorden and Burnley route introduced the first single decker one  man buses in September 1962 and the first “bendy” bus made its appearance in Bacup in March 1982. 
Roberts Horse Bus Mettle Cote bus service Bacup Centre Bacup Centre after 1951