Tramways and Cliff Railways in The South West

South Western Electricity Historical Society

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This document is a collection of memorabilia, data pictures and drawings from the tramways in the South West. They are not arranged to form an article but rather to make a series of Showcases which the visitor can browse through, investigating items of interest more thoroughly. It owes its existence to John Perkin, a member of the SWEHS, who has collected nearly all the data provided here. Peter Davey is providing the information on the Bristol Bath and Weston systems. Thanks are also due to Terry Russell for permission to use his PSU Tramcar Drawings and John Gillham for the Track Layouts used. ( Contact Details at end of document)

The table below gives the details of the number of trams employed in the tramway fleets in the South West:

City or Town Double
Locos Works Total
Bath 34 6   1 41
Bournemouth &
Bristol 237     5 242
Camborne & Redruth 6 2 2   10
Exeter 38       38
Plymouth &
P. S. & D. T. Co.
Seaton & District 8 5   1 14
Taunton 6 6     12
Torquay 39 3     42
Weston-Super-Mare 12 6     18
Bath Electric Tramways Ltd Bristol Tramways & Carriage Co Clifton Rocks Railway Co Lynton Lynmouth Cliff Railway Padstow Camborne & Redruth Light Railways Exeter Corporation Tramways Sennen Cove St Michaels Mount Lizard Point Launceston Falmouth Swanpool beach Plymouth Corporation Devonport Tramways Co Taunton Tramways Babbacombe Cliff Lift Torquay Tramways Co. Seaton & District Electric Tramway Bournemouth Tramway Bournemouth Trolleybusses Bournemouth Cliff Lifts Weston-Super-Mare & District Elec. Supply Co.

The place marked marked on the map below or in the table above is also listed in the left hand column and clicking on that takes you to
The Relevant Tramway/Cliff Railway Showcase

Web Masters Notes

Copies of the Tramcar Drawings and Track layouts are available from the contacts listed at the end of this document.

The pictures and drawings that appear, as you scan the documents, can be enlarged to fill the screen by clicking with your mouse if a + sign appears, clicking again returns it to normal size.

Contact Details

Tramcar Drawings

All Tramcar Drawings Displayed

Terry Russell
"Chaceside", St Leonards Park,
Horsham, W.Sussex, RH13 6EG
Send SAE for complete list of PSU drawings
web site

Track Layouts

All Track Layouts Displayed

209 Gunnersbury Park,
Ealing, London, W5 4NH

Further Reading

Illustrated Tram Fleet Booklets

Bristol Tramways 1875 - 1941 by Peter Davey
Taunton 1901 - 1921 Track Layouts
by Peter Davey ;and John Perkin
Weston super Mare 1902-1937 by Peter Davey

Middleton Press

Bristol's Tramways by Peter Davey
Bath Tramways by Peter Davey & Paul Welland
Exeter and Taunton Tramways by John Perkin

Available from:-

Peter Davey
4 Downs Park East, Bristol BS6 7QD
Tel: 0117 962 0223 Fax: 0117 914 3117

Other Web Sites

Tramway Information

Site Mastered by
John Prentice

Manager of the Festival of Model Tramways,
and the
Chairman of the Tramway & Light Railway Society.

The National Tramway Museum

Crich Tramway Village
A restored period village
that is also home to the
National Tramway Museum.

Funiculars - Funimag

Mastered by Michael Azéma
A regular web magazine
World wide funicular sites visited.

Queries, Information and Additions

All Tramways/Trolleybuses/Cliff Railways
Related Information

Please contact the Web Master

Paul Hulbert
35 Blaisdon, Yate, Bristol BS37 8TH