The Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric Railway
North Wales was an area rich in tramway schemes but poor in actual lines. Of the few that were constructed, probably the most famous is the Great Orme Tramway, if only for the reason that it still operates today. The second most famous, and undoubtedly of more interest to the tramway enthusiast, was one that also served Llandudno: the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway. Despite its title it was a tramway, not a railway, and of all of the North Wales tramways it had the longest route mileage, the largest car fleet and, at the outset, the greatest problems. How it overcame those, and what happened thereafter, is the subject matter of this book.
This account was originally based on the relevant sections of the author’s North Wales Tramways, published in 1979 but for many years now out of print. For this history the opportunity has been taken to expand the narrative at several points where further information has come to light, to increase greatly the number of photographic and other illustrations and, wherever relevant, to bring the story up to date.
The year 2007 marks the centenary of the opening of the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway, and it is fitting that this revised, enlarged and updated history of this much-loved tramway, still fondly remembered by a generation of holiday-makers, should be published at this time. Since the first edition appeared more than a decade ago further historical and technical details of the line have come to light, and the opportunity has been taken to amend and expand the account as appropriate - even though this has meant that the previously-accepted version of exactly which tramcars were renumbered what and when has had to be changed accordingly.
The story has also been updated with respect to possible future developments for in recent years the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Tramway Society has gone from strength to strength and - the question is now not ‘Will the trams ever return to Llandudno?’ as suggested in the first edition, but ‘When?’
Softback, A5 format, 160 pages with 200 photographs, maps and illustrations.
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