Friday, 11 May 2007

swanage pier tramway

An unusual sight in Swanage is the remains of the old Swanage Pier Tramway, closed for many decades. The rail on a good portion of the route survives, set into the blocks along the sea front. These views were taken on May 9, 2007.

It wouldn't take a great deal of work to restore this route for short trips along the sea front - perhaps even in a horse tram! Horses were used to pull the trains of stone which were the reason for the line's existence. It was never very successful as an extension through Swanage was blocked.
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Chris Osment said...

You were lucky with the weather - I took some similar shots last summer on a nice day and just could not get all the trippers to stay out of the way :-)