Take a tram ride back to the halcyon days of Scarborough
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