|Builder:||United Electric Car Company / Dick, Kerr & Company|
|Engine:||2 DK13A traction motors (550v DC OLHE )|
|Power:||80 hp (60 kW)|
The 301 Class introduced a number of new features which later became standard across the fleet, the design taking advantage of operational experience gained from earlier types. The 301 Class had interpole electric motors (which were better for tram cars with electric braking and which were used on more challenging routes ). They also had notch regulator controllers, a new type of Westinghouse magnetic brake and some flexibility in the movement of the axles.
The original order for the 301 Class was for sixty cars with the car bodies built by the United Electric Car Company and equipment by Dick, Kerr. Another forty cars were ordered to replace cars inherited from the companies Birmingham Corporation Tramways had taken over which were found to be in a poor condition .
Some cars were converted into single deckers in the First World War though later converted back as the routes they were being used on saw passenger increases. Most of the fleet remained intact until the Second World War though post-war withdrawals began in earnest and the 301 Class ended service in 1950. Car 395 was saved from scrapping (one of only two Birmingham trams to survive) and since 1953 has been in Birmingham Science Museum / Thinktank.
|395 preserved at Thinktank|
|View of 395's roof|
|Notice the staircase|
|Upper floor was open at both ends on this class of tram|
|Guards at the front and sides|
 P.W. Lawson, Birmingham Corporation Tramway Rolling Stock (Birmingham Transport Historical Group, 1983) p. 13
 “New power station at Birmingham, England”, Street Railway Journal December 1906 Vol. XXVIII No.22 p. 1043 
 Lawson p. 43
 Lawson p. 192
 Lawson p. 45