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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Seaton Tramway

This is Seaton on the South West coast of Devon. A small town full of flowers.

But Seaton has something other local towns do not have and that is an electric tramway. So Andrew at      Hign Riser these photos were taken with you in mind.

Seaton Tramway has been running between Colyford and Colyton since 1970. It is a unique 2 ft 9ins gauge system purpose built by the late Claude Lane, whose Lancaster Electrical Company in Barnet produced electrical vehicles such as milk floats in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

There are a number of different trams and this is the tram I travelled on to Colyton. It's a 20 minute journey alongside the River Axe and two nature reserves.

Quite a tight squeeze for the driver who has to take his seat out to let passengers alight.

The weather was not good but I still wanted to travel on the top in the open air

The driver controls the traffic lights when we have to cross the road.

This is where we all got off at the terminus in Colyton.

In past centuries this Saxon village was a major commercial centre based on weaving cloth, silk, and serge as well as lace making.

The thatcher's mark on the roof of one of the cottages.

Colyton cottage dated 1610

The saxon cross inside the church dates back to 900AD

After a delicious cream tea (scones, clotted cream and jam to accompany a pot of tea) I walked back to the station to get the tram back into Seaton.

The tram I got back was even  smaller

I wonder if they only employ small people to drive the trams.


  1. What a fun tour of the town and the ride on the tram. It does look tiny! Sounds like a very scenic ride! Lovely collection of photos. Have a happy new week ahead!

  2. They are really strange trams. The look like scale models. Well actually, the trams look right, it is just the people are too big for them. I need to investigate. Thanks, and nice to see two more seaside villages.

    1. The trams were built to half scale but they look so old. In fact, if they were built in 1970s, they are quite old.

  3. What a fun time and great photos ~ love the shots of the tramway ~ i would want to ride on the topside too! Good for you!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  4. Yummy! Clotted cream and jam on scones! Haven't had that for ages! The tram looks to be fun. Great series of photos!

  5. They almost look like toys. How fun to ride, and I'd be right on top with you, no matter the weather!

  6. Thank you for taking me to a cybertour of Devon.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  7. Enjoyed your tour. Cute Trams. Lovely scenery.

  8. What an awesome tram and village - quite different from the tram I posted on!

  9. I wished I could have been with you on the tram, bad weather or not ! what a lovely place !

  10. I think I saw this tramway on one of those antique-y shows like Flog it. Thought it looked like great fun and you certainly proved it!

  11. That is a fun tramway to ride along the coastline. I had never heard of it, only in Belgium there is also a coastline tramway.

  12. What a beautiful town with so much flowers and so much to see.

  13. Brilliant. Those trams looked very well loved & cared for, I suspect by volunteers. Hope they get enough visitors.

  14. it is a great and fascinating city

  15. Isn't fun being retired??? Looks like a delightful trip!!!

  16. Love those little trams. beautiful town.

  17. wow, that´s a cool ride for sure. Love all the flowers in that town. I like the look of the train. :)


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