(All images courtesy: Seaton Tramway)
On Saturday 14th April at the Riverside Depot of Seaton Tramway, two commemorative plaques were placed on tram No.14 in recognition of the work of Gordon Langford in the discovery and restoration of this tram.
Gordon, who died in April 2017, was a tram enthusiast who discovered the tram being used as a chicken coop at a farm in Waltham Cross, just outside London, in the late 1950s.
He, along with a team of other enthusiasts, arranged for the tram to be taken to Modern Electric Tramways in Eastbourne in 1962.
The tram had originally been a double deck London Metropolitan tram, No.94, built in 1904. The restoration work involved removing the top deck and reducing the width of the car to run on a narrower gauge.
When the tramway had to move from Eastbourne a new site was found running along the old British Railway line between Seaton and Colyton. This branch line originally met up with the main London to Exeter line at Seaton Junction, but this was closed due to the Beeching cuts.
Restoration on tram No.94 continued with the help and expertise of Seaton Tramway and is now running as a single deck saloon car re-numbered No.14 of the fleet.
Gordon had lived in Seaton since 1970 and is well known as a music composer, arranger and pianist of international renown. Tram No.14 is affectionately known as “Gordon’s Tram” and along with the Chief Executive Officer of Seaton Tramway, Jenny Nunn, the plaques were unveiled in the presence of Gordon’s son, Philip, and daughter, Joanna.
For the past 48 years Seaton Tramway has been running from the main car park in Seaton for three miles inland through Colyford to Colyton, much of it along the former Seaton to Seaton Junction branch line between the picturesque estuary of the River Axe and the Axe Estuary Wetlands.
All our double-deck trams have open top decks, providing 360 degree panoramic views, but for inclement days there are enclosed single deck trams making it an all-weather family attraction. The fleet of 14 passenger carrying single and double-deck electric trams were purpose built by the company from classic designs based on heritage trams that served our towns and cities in the first half of the 20th century.
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Halloween Tram of Terror: 20th-28th October.
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