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“Working very hard!”
Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Ranked #1 of 26 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.
Caldicot
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Working very hard!”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

At present the entire line isn't in order due to the storm damage in February. However the tramway and staff are working very hard to get it back in order and also look after anyone visiting at the moment. All the staff are very friendly and informative. The trams are ace-even the one with the incredibly narrow staircase! Great fun and good for a bit of birdwatching too!

Visited March 2014
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Thank you for your comments, you visited after we had been badly affected by the weather 'The Valentine's Day Storm' and a book has been written about it! Thankfully after a lot of hard work by many people we are back to normal and looking forward to calmer weather.
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“Great Attraction”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

It was a lovely sunny day - and it has to be said this was a great way to spend a few hours - we were given lots of useful information and on top deck the views were great....Really enjoyed it and would def recommend! Its very peaceful and picturesque - reasonably priced too ! The tram drivers have a great sense of fun and humour too !

Visited March 2014
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Thank you for your review, and yes the drivers have a great sense of humour!!
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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“Charming”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

It is not often you can take a tram from the centre of a town which weaves its way into the country and proceeds along the edge of the estuary, first to Colyford and then to Colyton. They do birdwatching trips a various times as the track goes through the nature reserve. The driver was excellent at explaining the trip to those on board. Following his advice we spent some time exploring Colyton (a 15 min walk into the town). The return trip was equally pleasant although I would expect more crowding on the trams in the season. We thought the fares were very reasonable

Visited November 2013
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for mentioning our Bird Watching Trips, which are ever so popular. It's amazing how many different bird species there are to see when you have a bird expert with you to point them out. You are quite correct, we do get busy during the summer months, but we respond to that by running extra trams to cope with the demand, so no one has to wait to long for a ride.
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“At long last a real treat!”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

At long last I had the opportunity to ride on the Tramway during a recent visit to the area. We were a mixed group on the No 12 from ages 2 - 62(+). It was a sunny day, if slightly windy, and we sat upstairs.

The youngest sat at the front and pretended to drive the tram, loved the wild rabbits and enjoyed the playground at Colyton; we ladies drooled over the abundance of sloes and blackberries on top of bushes and mushrooms in the fields and the men relaxed and enjoyed the Axe valley and the sounds of oystercatcher and curlew.

Dave the driver gave us history and amusing banter; we were restricted because of the youngster but at another time we may have alighted at Colyford or Colyton and taken a stroll, catching another tram. We probably needed it after those delicious cakes and scones at Colyton Station!

Seatonbound, we waved to the police car at the road crossing and the birdwatchers in their hide, all of whom kindly waved back at us!

So very enjoyable and so relaxing: I'm glad I got there at last.

Visited October 2013
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
What a lovely review, we are ever so pleased to have provided such pleasant memories for you.
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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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“A good day out”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

Had a lovely time on the tram trundling along the line at a slow relaxing speed. Weather was dry so we went up on the top deck with a very good view. Very well preserved trams takes you back in time. Got off at a little station where you could have something to eat, although we didn't. People were sitting and eating outside. Well worth a visit. You can buy a ticket and go on the trams as many times as you like on that day.

Visited September 2013
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seatontramway, Di Moore, Office Assistant at Seaton Tramway, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review and we are pleased that you enjoyed yourselves.
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