SEATON TRAMWAY, COLYTON GRAMMAR AND COLYTON HERITAGE CENTRE LAUNCH ‘COLY TRAIL’ GUIDE

Seaton Tramway, Colyton Grammar School and Colyton Heritage Centre have partnered to create a new leaflet guide for visitors called ‘Coly Trail’.

The partnership comes from Seaton Tramway’s ‘Travels Through Heritage and the Axe Valley’ project which is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Tramway has been working with students from Colyton Grammar School and volunteers from Colyton Heritage Centre to produce a brand new ‘Coly Trail’ leaflet for Colyton. Designed and printed by the students themselves, the leaflet includes a ‘Brief History of Colyton’ timeline and a map of the key points of interest around the town, including Colyton station. For each point there is also a fun activity for children, so there is something for everyone.

Nicola Berry, Learning and Activities Manager at Seaton Tramway said;
“The aim of the Coly Trail project was to engage local young people with the fascinating history of Colyton, giving them opportunities to research, plan and design a leaflet that will appeal to visitors of all ages. It has been a delight to work so closely with the school and the Heritage Centre and we’ve been impressed by the students’ commitment to the project especially given the difficult circumstances due to covid”

The guide will be available from 24th July at Seaton and Colyton Stations & Colyton Heritage Centre and was researched and designed by students Olivia Petrini, Sophie Thwaites, Emily Hales, Meggy Hemery, Marnie Broomby and Sophie Hilton from Colyton Grammar School.

C Harris, Assistant Head teacher, Teacher at Colyton Grammar Said;
“This project was of great value to all of the students involved and several of the Year 13 student leaders are now going on to study History or a related course at university. Not only did it give the students a chance to learn some fascinating local history and get stuck into some primary research in the local archives, but it also allowed them to see through the process of designing, developing and finalising a heritage industry brochure for use by the general public. On that note, a special thanks must go to Year 13 Olivia P whose exquisite original artwork helped to bring the final booklet to life.”

Jacqueline McCollough from Colyton Heritage Centre said;
“It was a real pleasure for CPHS to participate in this innovative project, initially by supporting Seaton Tramway in its successful bid to the NLHF and then to be able to work with and support students from Colyton Grammar School as they formulated and developed their ideas for designing a new self-guided town walking trail leaflet aimed at younger audiences. The leaflet identifies sites of local interest and key events and facts about the long history of Colyton. This project shows what can be achieved when local organisations work together for the benefit of Colyton and visitors to the town”

This is one of many community-based projects recently announced by Seaton Tramway. Its partnership with Colyton Heritage Centre continues with its new ‘Train’s, Tram’s & Trade’Guided Walk of Colyton scheduled for departure from Colyton Station at 10:30am 14thSeptember. Tickets are available now from Seaton Tramway.

The new guide will be available for purchase at Seaton Tramway stations, Colyton Heritage Centre and Colyton Grammar School.

SEATON TRAMWAYS AWARD WINNING TRAMATHON 24 HOUR FUNDRAISER RETURNS 5th JUNE

Seaton Tramway is excited to announce its Award winning TRAMATHON Fundraising Appeal, which will see a 24-hour continuous tram trip streamed online to help raise money for the charity and secure the future of the Tramway and its industrial heritage.

From Saturday 12 Midday 5th June, Seaton Tramway will be going live on Facebook for a continuous  24-hour tram trip between our Seaton and Colyton Stations. This will all be streamed live online for the full 24 hours as we raise money for our charity. 

The Tramway celebrated its 50th anniversary of operating at Seaton in August 2020 and like other heritage railways has seen an abrupt halt to its income that helps keep trams serviced, the track maintained and its future secure. Reopening in 2021 with excitement about new projects and offers for our loyal passengers, bills continue to need to be paid and projects still need completing. Railways and tramways like ours are supported by visitors and generous supporters that we love welcoming every year.

To combat this crisis, we invite everyone to come together in person or in your living rooms to watch our TRAMATHON live. This fundraising appeal will see a continuous 24-hour broadcast live from the tram as it travels between Seaton and Colyton Stations. With a spread of themed departures and never before seen videos about the tramway, this is an event not to be missed. Visitors can get involved by donating directly to the appeal, purchasing special items like Seaton Tramway signs and sections of rail or by joining the Tramathon team live on the trams on one of the trips.

Tickets for the Tramathon trips are on sale now, and include a Tramathon return trip and all day travel on the date of issue. Trips begin at 12 midday, 5th June  with the 24 trips going through the night and ending on arrival at Seaton Station at 12 midday Sunday 6th June. Tramathon 2020 was award ‘Most Innovative Fundraising Idea’ by the Heritage Railway Association at its award ceremony this April.

With the generosity of donations, we want to give back too. Which is why we will be awarding prizes away prizes and experiences as we hit fundraising milestones, like Driver’s Eye Experiences, Half Day and Whole Day Tram Driving Lessons, Free Tickets and a Years Free Travel. All anyone has to do to be in with the chance of winning is donate a minimum of £5 before June 12th to be entered. Prizes will be drawn live on Facebook during the 24-hour TRAMATHON. Full terms and conditions can be found on our website.

In line with our fundraising appeal, we have also launched our new ‘HERO Ticket’ which can be purchased and redeemed as an All-Day Explorer ticket on any day we’re open to the end of December 2021. These tickets are available now and will go towards our TRAMATHON Fundraiser. 

Seaton Tramway has operated from Seaton for 50 years and has seen everything from Snow blizzards to storm washouts but Covid-19 has proved one of the greatest challenges that its ever had to face. 

You can find out more about the giveaways and milestones and how to donate at www.tram.co.uk/tramathon

Seaton Tramway receives Prestigious Award for their TRAMATHON 2020 24 hour LIVE appeal.

The team at Seaton Tramway tuned in live to the 2021 Heritage Railway Association (HRA) awards on Wednesday 28th April. Joined by other heritage railways across the UK, the Association makes awards in only 10 Categories.

Seaton Tramway won a brand-new award, Most Innovative Fundraising Idea, for its Tramathon Live Appeal, and were up against Talyllyn Railway, Mid-Hants Railway & Bahamas Locomotive Society and Bluebell Railway.  It is awarded to the HRA operating member that has produced the most innovative fundraising project during the COVID crisis.

© Seaton Tramway

The Coronavirus was unprecedented & created difficult times across industries also shared with Heritage Railways in leisure & hospitality. Railways & tramways like Seaton Tramway survive because of the amazing support from visitors through donations and ticket sales. In a time when people are rightly self-isolating, charities’ futures can be put at risk.

The Tramway celebrated its 50th year of operation at Seaton in 2020, and like other heritage railways saw an abrupt halt to its income that helps keep the trams serviced, the track maintained and its future secure. With excitement about new projects and offers for visitors, bills need to be paid and projects still needed completing. 

© Seaton Tramway

On Friday 11th June 2020, Seaton Tramway went live on Facebook for a 24-hour continuous tram trip, between Seaton and Colyton stations. Starting at 12 midday on Friday, a team of volunteers shared shifts through the 24 hours and streamed the entire trip live online.

The fundraising appeal was a week of live videos which took you behind the scenes of the tramway, introducing you to new projects that will be accessible on reopening, a live Driver’s Eye experience and Q &A’s, seeing out the week with a 24-hour continuous tram ride, all to be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own home. The tramway staff got stuck in, even dressing up in exchange for more donations.

With many generous donations, Seaton Tramway managed to raise over £30,000.

© Seaton Tramway

Chief Executive – Jenny Nunn commented “Tramathon has proved a novel & ingenious way to reach new audiences whilst stuck at home during lockdown and we very much look forward to the next one starting 5th June. My grateful thanks to HRA for the award, to the great public support and to all of those who gave their time freely to make Tramathon such a success”

© Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway has also had support from the Cultural Recovery Fund totalling £657,600. The funds will go directly to support wages, major overheads, such as track & tram maintenance and the creation of new offers and projects with world class partners and exhibitions.

Seaton Tramway recently received the Travellers Choice award on TripAdvisor and won ‘Tramway of the Year’ and ‘Event of the Year’ with British Trams Online.

Seaton Tramway is now open every day 10am-5pm until October 31st
The now award-winning Tramathon Live will return in 2021 on 5th-6th June for another 24-hour live trip, streamed online. This year visitors will be allowed to travel on this unique event.

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You can watch the LIVE Seaton Tramway Riverside camera below…..

Seaton Tramway Reopens 12th April

Following the recent Government announcements, we are delighted to say that Seaton Tramway hopes to re-open 12th April at 10am, subject to lifting of government restrictions 

Seaton Tramway is pleased to be resuming its tram service from 10am 12th April with trams running every 30 minutes until 5pm. Journey back in time to a golden age of travel and enjoy the panoramic delights of the Axe Valley. 

The health and safety of Seaton Tramway’s staff and visitors remain our number one priority. The successful covid safe response which was put in place in 2020 will continue from 12th April in line with Government guidelines. Capacity on trams will be reduced. Hand Sanitising stations will be present at all entrance and exits. The Rule of 6 will be in place until at least 21st June.  Our full covid response can be found www.tram.co.uk/covidresponse

2021 continues the 50th operational year of trams operation in Seaton following its anniversary on 28th August 2020. Seaton Tramway hopes to start introducing new offers to visitors days out on the Axe Valley. The 2021 season will see opening of two new halts across the 3-mile line, Riverside Halt and Wetlands Halt which we aim to open before the summer. Families can include Gilbert’s Trail as part of their visit to Seaton Tramway, with a 14 page booklet full of activities, information and stamp hunt! Visitors will also notice the installation of new interpretation across the Tramway which will increase the exciting things you can learn and discover when enjoying a day out. 

Tickets can be purchased now for your visit Seaton Tramway. You can also purchase the HERO TICKET* before 12th April 2022 for use as soon as we reopen this year, valid through to 31st December 2021. 

Loyalty Cards can be purchased now to save you up to a 1/3 off All Day Explorer tickets plus one other guest! Save with Loyalty Card Off Peak fares on Friday and Saturday service (excluding Red Service).

  • Annual Payment £10.00 Adult and £5.00 Child (2-15). Card is valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. 
  • 10% saving on our Special Days Out programme and Special Events.
  • 10% off at the Seaton Tramway Shops (card holder only).
  • 10% off at the Tramstop Cafe, Colyton Station (cardholder only) which offers an extensive menu of hot meals and snacks.
  • Free return trip when you collect 10 tickets.

Money raised through these tickets will ensure the continuation of our much-loved Tramway as we look forward to once again taking you on a trip through the wonderful Axe Valley!

The majority of our events and experiences will continue after 21st June following updates from the government guidance. Please note that if you have purchased a ticket to an event or experience prior to this date, you will be contacted soon by a member of staff.

The recent lockdown has been devastating blow at the end of an already difficult 12 months for attractions and heritage railways like Seaton Tramway. Once again the tramway is appealing to its visitors through its TRAMATHON 2021 appeal. Donations can be made via the website or added to tickets purchased. Visitors are also reminded to Gift Aid their tickets at no extra cost to them. Gift Aid allows Seaton Tramway to claim an extra 25p per £1, making your money go further.

TRAMATHON 2021 will be celebrated with a 24 hour live tram service 5-6th June. Seaton Tramway will go live online for 24 hours with programmed entertainment planned to support the fundraiser, this time with passengers! More information can be found at tram.co.uk/Tramathon. 

Updates will continue via tram.co.uk regarding tickets, new operational times and our new Covid Safe procedures

Find out more about what we are doing to re-open here: www.tram.co.uk/covidresponse

Culture Recovery Fund grant as Seaton Tramway sets to reopen

Seaton Tramway in East Devon has received a grant of £217,500 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. 

Nearly £400 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Seaton Tramway in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Seaton Tramway, which is a registered charity, has been operating in Seaton since August 1970 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. The Tramway operates a 3-mile track between the coastal town of Seaton and the town of Colyton and has a fleet of 14 trams. The trams range in age from 1904 to 2007 and include a fleet of heritage trams of which ran on the streets of London, Bournemouth and includes the last surviving tram to run on the streets of Exeter.

The funding comes at welcome time for the Tramway as it has had to endure huge losses during the Covid-19 lockdown, closing from 23rd March to 4th July, 5th November – 2nd December and has been permanently closed since 30th December 2020. The Tramway has been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation from Visit England and the AA ‘Covid-Secure’ badge. The trams have been running at a lower capacity since 4th July due to social distancing. However, with the hard work of staff & volunteers, we have successfully kept the site covid secure and welcomed many delighted visitors over the brief summer season.

Seaton Tramway hopes to reopen again from 10am, 12th April. www.tram.co.uk

READ MORE: https://www.tram.co.uk/news

It’s Heritage Jim, But not as we know it…..

Heritage railway cameras have always been a very popular side to Railcam, over the years we have welcomed aboard such locations as the Swanage Railway, West Somerset Railway and more recently the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, covering both standard and narrow gauges.

But one thing was missing……. A heritage tramway camera.

We are delighted to announce that we have now ticked off that target with the addition of a camera at Seaton Tramway.

Seaton Tramway is a 2 ft 9 in (838 mm) narrow gauge electric tramway. The 3-mile (4.8 km) route runs through East Devon’s Axe Valley, between the coastal resort of Seaton, the village of Colyford, and the ancient town of Colyton.

It operates over part of the former Seaton Branch Line, which closed in March 1966. The tramway was established in 1970 by Claude Lane, founder of Modern Electric Tramways Ltd, which had previously operated in Eastbourne between 1954 and 1969.

Fourteen tramcars are part of the visitor attraction, which sees about 80,000 visitors per year. All of the tramcars are based on classic British designs, and vary in size between half-scale (1:2) and two thirds-scale (2:3). Most were built from scratch by Claude Lane and/or his successor Allan Gardner, but three were rebuilt from full-size cars which originally ran in London, Bournemouth and Exeter.

3 miles of unspoilt countryside along the beautiful Axe Valley

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.

Our camera is situated on the depot and overlooks the Riverside Halt, with the beautiful River Axe estuary as a backdrop. A truly stunning vantage point which covers trams starting and finishing their days work in the depot yard, services to and from Seaton Station, passing loop and tides coming and going in the River Axe in the background. Something to entertain you whenever you watch!

Our camera, mounted on the depot at Riverside Halt. Give us a wave when you pass……

Josh Castree, Marketing Manager & Project Officer at Seaton Tramway added,

“We are really excited to launch our first ever public webcam in partnership with RailCam. It is the perfect addition to our offer to make Seaton Tramway more accessible onsite and online. Overlooking the Depot yard and our new Riverside Halt with the backdrop of the beautiful Axe Valley, we know people will love getting a little more behind the scenes at Seaton Tramway”

We go LIVE on Monday 5th April 2021, which should see plenty of driver refreshment activity in the lead up to the return of visitors on Monday 12th, with the Orange timetable in operation for the rest of the month,

Booking is not essential but is recommended, You can book now by clicking Booking Information and any questions you may have about the re-opening are answered at Re-Opening FAQ

As things, hopefully, begin to return to normal, the roll out of events and experiences will begin after the 21st of June, but a date for your diary will be the 24 hour LIVE Tramathon on the 5th-6th June, Find out more here

The camera will be available to all Railcam members on the Railcam Website & YouTube channel as well as the Seaton Tramway Webcam Page

Find out more by visiting the Seaton Tramway Website and follow on Facebook and Twitter


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