Seaton Branch Line Tour
The Nostalgia of Steam over Seaton’s Electric Tramway
Seaton Tramway, the unique heritage Tramway and tourist attraction in the Heart of Lyme Bay is offering the opportunity to step back in time and discover the history of the Seaton branch line from Seaton following the Axe Estuary to Colyton.
The Tramway is offering tailor-made 1.5 hour morning tours offering fascinating stories behind the Southern Railway line along which the Tramway now runs. Although the tramway stops at Colyton station, the tour will include the history of the last mile onwards to Seaton Junction where, built by the Beer and Seaton railway company originally to carry stone from the Beer quarries, the line joined up with the London and South Western Railway’s main line from London to Exeter and on to Cornwall.
Departing from Seaton Terminus at 10.00am, each tour will be led by Mike Clement, a former employee of the Southern Railway branch line in Seaton. Along the way he will point out places of interest and give you a view of what the railway looked like in its heyday, stopping at Colyford before moving on to Colyton Station. On your return to Seaton, you will make a final stop at the Tramway’s Riverside Depot, which was the site of the former Seaton Station.
Starting with the first tour on Saturday, 20th February, there will be eight Seaton Branch line Tours in 2016, with the final one on Saturday 24th September. The cost is £14.25 per person, which includes an All-Day Explorer ticket, and a memorabilia pack of nostalgic postcards.
The tour on the 19th March 2016 has been cancelled.