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“Fab tram ride”
Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Seaton
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Owner description: Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.The coastal resort of Seaton is now a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst the historic town of Colyton is described as "Devon's Most Rebellious Town" for its part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.The company originated at the Lancaster Electrical Company of Barnet, which manufactured battery electric vehicles. In 1949 its owner, Claude Lane, indulged his hobby by building a miniature 15” gauge tram, which he ran at garden fetes. This portable system enjoyed temporary homes at St Leonard’s and Rhyl before evolving onto the 2’ gauge Eastbourne Tramway.Many of the present trams were built at Eastbourne, but by the mid 1960’s the tramway’s success was outgrowing the mile line. Claude therefore began to look for alternative locations. In late 1969, Claude purchased the Seaton to Colyton section after the branchline had been closed by Dr Beeching in 1966 and, after a mammoth relocation from Eastbourne, the first section was opened in 1980. Since then the tramway has developed into one of Devon’s best loved attractions.New trams have been added to the fleet and the buildings have been much improved in order to meet the needs of the thousands of enthusiastic people who visit each year.
Reviewed 15 October 2017

What a lovely afternoon going up and down on the tram. Has a great café at the colyton end, many different teams to travel on.

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Great trip taking in the views and wile life idea for children and grown ups alike. Both stations at each end are very pretty and have a cafe for snacks and drinks

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2017

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The main challenge we had was finding where the trams ran from in Seaton as the old tram station near Tesco has been knocked down to make way for a new one. Fortunately there was a tramway representative located near the old station who explained that we had to get to the depot which was being used as a temporary station until the new one was opened in the spring of next year. Although a free shuttle bus was available to bring us to the depot we chose the 15minute walk. On arrival we were met by another representative Graham who showed us in the tram shed and explained the history of the Seaton Tramway. We were shown the tram we were to depart on by the driver who like Graham was very friendly and chatty . We chose to sit on the top so we could get a panoramic view of the surrounding scenery of the river Axe valley and the countryside leading to the end of the line at Colyton. The stairway to the top deck is fairly narrow and twisty with a height restriction and I would not recommend this for anyone infirm or not sure footed. The station at Coryton is delightful, with beautifully kept hanging baskets on the railings. There is a lovely gift shop with gifts for people of all ages! And a cafe where you can get hot drinks and food. The town is worth visiting and is about 15 minutes walk. The trams run every 30minutes until the end of October after which there are two specials, until it reopens next spring. I was impressed by how knowledgeable and enthusiastic the staff were and they all went out of their way to make the journey interesting and enjoyable as possible. Great day if nostalgia is your thing. Thoroughly recommended .

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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Spent a very entertaining afternoon travelling from Seaton to Coryton along the edge of a nature reserve. Very informative and enthusiastic tram drivers.

Thank Lynne G
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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Took the tramway to pass a few hours and really enjoyed it. Because the station is being rebuilt took a very short shuttle bus to the depot from the station. This gave us the added bonus of a short tour of the depot and informative talk about the Tramway history from some of the workers. Sat up top for a pleasant 20 minute ride to Colyton alongside the river and nature reserve.
Had a look around the village and returned about an hour later. There is a cafe and shop at the Tram stop but we found a lovely cafe on the way into the village .
We didn't get off at Colyford but noticed a nice looking pub right next to the tram stop !

Thank sueb55
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Seaton T, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

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