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Rye And Camber Tramway: A Centenary History .. [BP 92.011 Book]
 
 
Rye And Camber Tramway: A Centenary History
Rye And Camber Tramway: A Centenary History
£17.95
 
The Rye & Camber Tramway (a true railway despite its name) was a concern richly embodying the idiosyncrasy for which Britain`s light railways became famous. Built to the unusual gauge (for England) of 3 feet, it was designed primarily as a means of transporting players to the golf links at Camber, 2 miles from the ancient `Cinque Ports` town of Rye. Constructed entirely on private land, the railway was conceived, laid out, and opened in six months! The first trains ran on 13 July 1895 and, as well as providing a service for golfers and fishermen, soon attracted patronage from the burgeoning day-tripper market, in the balmy late Victorian and Edwardian days up to World War I.

The Rye & Camber epitomised the `Colonel Stephens` tradition in terms of its simplicity of operation and economical use of staff and equipment. At peak times overflow passengers were crammed into open wagons fitted with bench seats, and for a period in the 1930`s the railway was operated by only two men! Motive power was provided initially by two Bagnall steam locomotives CAMBER and VICTORIA. These, together with two carriages bore the brunt of the railway`s traffic for 30 years, until rising costs and road competition caused steam to be replaced by a `Simplex` petrol locomotive. The railway, however had only fifteen years of public service left, as its strategic position caused immediate closure on the outbreak of war in 1939, and it never reopened.

Contents:
Chapter One - The Birth Of The Tramway (1895)
Chapter Two - The Grand Opening (1895)
Chapter Three - Early Years (1895-1899)
Chapter Four - A Transfer Of Ownership? (1899-1901)
Chapter Five - Growing Pains (1902-1908)
Chapter Six - Good Times, Bad Times (1908-1916)
Chapter Seven - The Tramway Comes Of Age (1916-1925)
Chapter Eight - Changing Fortunes (1925-1939)
Chapter Nine - Perchance It Sleepeth And Is Not Dead (1939-1949)
Chapter Ten - A Description Of The Tramway
Chapter Eleven - Motive Power
Chapter Twelve - Rolling Stock
Chapter Thirteen - Timetables, Fares And Tickets
Chapter Fourteen - Personalities
Chapter Fifteen - The Scene Today
Appendix One - A Selection Of Tickets
Appendix Two - Directors' Reports And Accounts

Laurie A Cooksey
Hardback. 22cm x 28cm. 160 Pages
135 Black & White Photographs

 

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