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SEATON TRAMWAY 2012

 

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.

My first set of photographs on this tramway were taken in 1985 (see here) and much has been achieved by way of facilities and new tram units since that time.

These photographs were taken on 7th August 2012 on a typically dull day during summer 2012.

 

The entrance to the Seaton Tramway at Seaton.

 

Car No 10 waiting at Seaton.  She was built in 2002 at Bolton and Seaton.  The tram is a hybrid design based
on elements of the old Plymouth and Blackburn trams.  The colour-scheme is Glasgow Livery, launched 2006.

 

Car 10 at Seaton, just taking passengers on board.

 

Car 16 waiting at Seaton.  This was built in 1921, and is a Bournemouth open top car 106 (3'6" gauge),
rebuilt at Seaton between 1974 and 1991 for the 2-foot gauge tramway.

 

Car 16 preparing for departure to Colyton.

 

Colyton station.  This is the former Southern Railway station, which has been modernised and adapted for tram use.
See my 1985 picture here.

 

The platform at Colyton station.

 

Looking north at Colyton station.

 

Car number 10 at Colyton station.

 

Psychedelic car number 12 passes the tram I am riding on.  Built in 1996 at Eastbourne, it was originally an
enclosed single-decker, but was rebuilt as an open topper in 1980. It was again rebuilt in 1999,
the more enclosed design resembling the London Feltham trams of the 1930's.

 

Car number 9 at Seaton.  Built in 2002 at Bolton and Seaton, this is a hybrid design based on
elements of the old Plymouth and Blackburn trams.  Car 9 is Glasgow Experimental Livery launched 2004.

 

Car number 9 waiting at Seaton.

 

Car number 11 waiting at Seaton.  Built in 2005 at Bolton and Seaton, it is another hybrid design based on
elements of the old Plymouth and Blackburn trams.  The tram is in Liverpool first class livery launched 2007

 

Car 11 waiting at Seaton.  This pink tram is featured on breast cancer fund raising days.

 

 

 

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