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The Selsey Tram

The Selsey Tram

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The Selsey Tramway was one of the most remarkable country railways in Eng-land. Less than eight miles long, it boasted not less than I I stations. It used antiquated engines and extraordinary petrol railbuses and had an unenviable record of unpunctuality and unreliability. For most of its life it ran with no legality as a railway at all. Yet in its 38 years it became a much-loved institution, playing a vital role in the growth of Selsey and bringing proper public transport to the peninsula for the first time.

Much has been written about this unique railway, but this new book is the first detailed and definitive account of its entire history. After describing its origins and opening, the author recounts the life of its engineer, Colonel Stephens, which explains much of the line's eccentricity. There is a detailed account of its construction, including its stations, locomotives, rolling stock, timetables and customers, with chapters on the 1910 floods, the 1923 fatality and its eventual bankruptcy and closure. More than just a railway history, however, the narrative makes the fullest use of personal reminiscences and anecdotes to provide a robust and entertaining story.

In addition to the book's obvious appeal to the railway enthusiast, it makes a significant contribution to local history, not only from the painstaking research into documentary sources undertaken, but also from the careful recording of incidents - many humorous or bizarre - still fortunately within living memory. For the local resident and many who visit this corner of West Sussex these eye-witness accounts, together with many rare photographs and maps, add greatly to the fascination of this intriguing story.

Hardback with dust jacket, 134 pages, black & white photographs, maps in end papers

Condition: Good - ex library

ISBN: 9780850338393

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