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SEATON TRAMWAY 1985

 

This tramway opened at Seaton in 1970.  The track and trams had transferred from Eastbourne in Sussex having been established there since 1953.  The tramway runs along a former Southern Railway branch line with had served Seaton from 1868 to 1966.  After closure, the track bed was purchased by the tramway owners, and the 2 feet, 9 inch gauge lines were laid in stages, the complete Seaton to Colyton line finally opening in 1980.

For a detailed history, see the Seaton Tramway website.

These photos were taken during a visit in 1985.  New photographs were taken in 2012  See them here.

Car 6 was built for the 1956 season at Eastbourne.
It is based on the open-topper design of Llandudno & Colwyn Bay trams.

 

Car No 2 was completed in 1964.  This one is based on a London Metropolitan Tramways design.

 

Colyton Station, appearing much as it did in Southern Railway days.
See an up to date picture of the station here

 

Passengers boarding Car No 6

 

Travelling along the former Southern Railway track bed.

 

Approaching a passing loop with Car No 2 waiting.

 

 

Another look along the line - this time with our car waiting at the loop.
The car ahead does not appear in the current fleet list of Seaton Tramways.

 

 

 

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Copyright M J Smith, 1985-2008
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