Great Orme Tramway
(Tramffordd y Gogarth)
3rd August 2015
© copyright photographs by Colin Duff
|The Great Orme Tramway at Llandudno is a two section funicular which has operated between since 1902 (lower section) and 1903 (upper section). Despite the tramcars having electrical pickup poles, and the remnants of trackside catenary apparatus (which were only used for communication between the tramcars and the winding operator, since replaced by radio communication) it is cable operated with the cars being permanently attached to the cable (unlike the cable car system in San Francisco where the cars grip the cable when required to move). The lower section between Victoria Station and Halfway Station includes on-road running, whereas the upper section between Halfway Station and Summit Station runs only on a segregated right of way. There are four tramcars - all 1902 originals - numbered 4 - 7. Numbers 1 - 3, shorter 4 wheel trams, had all been withdrawn by 1911|
(above) Tramcar 4 has just departed Victoria Station and is ascending Old Road.
(left) Tramcar 5 loading passengers at Halfway Station for their journey back down the lower section.
|On the upper section Tramcar 6 ascends just beyond the passing section.|
|High above the town, Tramcar 7 approaches the Summit Station.|
A diversion from steel wheel on steel rail,and this photograph will eventually appear on my non-railway transport website when I find the time.
Public transport-wise the Great Orme is also served by Arriva Cymru's service 26 - Llandudno Circular. The registration on this rather old Dennis Dart SLF looked distinctly familiar, and sure enough when checking upon my return home I found the bus was originally allocated to Arriva London North so I would have seen it regularly for years in my (then) home area. (Replacements in North London being ADL Enviro 200s.)
|Tramcar 6 descends towards the passing loop on the upper section.|
|Back at Victoria Station, Tramcar 4 de-trains (de-trams?) its passengers on the right whilst another load waits to board on the left.|