Take a tram ride back to the hal­cyon days of Scar­bor­ough

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Scar­bor­ough’s his­toric Cen­tral Tramway Com­pany is run­ning once more. Fol­low­ing its yearly shut­down for main­te­nance the Marine Pa­radeat­trac­tion­ison­ce­more tak­ing vis­i­tors on a nos­tal­gialaden jour­ney to the seafront.

The tram has been car­ry­ing hol­i­day­mak­ers to the South Bay for more than 130 years, pre­serv­ing a part of the her­itage of the North York- shire coast for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Each year it re­quires months of ser­vic­ing to en­sure that it can keep go­ing for a fur­ther 100 years.

The tramway was built in 1881 as Scar­bor­ough’s pop­u­lar­ity soared fol­low­ing the open­ing of Fore­shore Road, the North Bay pier, Val­ley Bridge, the aquar­ium and many amuse­ments.

The at­trac­tion has been in Neil Pur­shouse’s fam­ily since 1967 and he told the Scar­bor­ough News that it would be around for a long time to come yet.

He said: “Ev­ery six months it un­der­goes a safety in­spec­tion so we close it down each Oc­to­ber for a com­plete over­haul.

“We’ve laid new parts of the track, given ev­ery­thing a new coat of paint and gen­er­ally kept it look­ing in top shape.

“It is a part of Scar­bor­ough and it’s now been here for more than 100 years and we want to make sure that it is for an­other 100.”

The tramway re-opened to the pub­lic on Sat­ur­day and will now carry res­i­dents and hol­i­day­mak­ers through­out the sum­mer sea­son.

Gordon Tay­lor ready to serve cus­tomers. 170502d

Staff Alan Brai­d­ley, Gordon Tay­lor and Char­lie Dalby ready for work. 170502h

The en­gine room. 170502g

An orig­i­nal pic­ture in the Tramway re­cep­tion. 170502c

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