Every effort from the tramway staff has been put into creating the new station in Seaton, work which started in September 2017. Almost 450 tonnes of ballast, 300 sleepers and over 190 piles have been used in the project to lift the station two metres above the ground. The new building will be home to four new platforms, which will house four trams each night, creating a stunning showroom displaying some of the famous heritage trams. Brand new interpretation will allow an even more immersive visitor experience celebrating the fascinating story of the tramway.
As well as the opening of the new station, there is also the opening of a brand-new café and gift shop, Claude’s, named after and dedicated to Seaton Tramway’s founder, Claude Lane. The café will boast a new menu and is delighted to announce that it will be joining the effort in cutting the use of one-time-use plastics down to almost nothing including the offer of paper straws. The tramway hopes this is the first step of many in the journey to making Seaton a leader in green waste. ‘Claude’s’ will also contain a giftshop, offering a brand-new range of souvenirs & gifts.
The new station will enable space for events, exhibitions and a greater visitor experience, accessing the trams and the Axe Valley for decades to come, and will be the new home to its many family events and evenings including The Dinosaur Tram Adventure, The Fairy Special, The Pirate Tram, and returning this Christmas, the award-winning The Polar Express™ Tram Ride.