Isle of Thanet Electric Tramways and Lighting Company

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Isle of Thanet Electric Tramways and Lighting Company
Operation
Locale Margate, Ramsgate
Open 4 April 1901
Close 27 March 1937
Status Closed
Infrastructure
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Statistics
Route length 10.84 miles (17.45 km)

The Isle of Thanet Electric Tramways and Lighting Company operated a tramway service between Margate and Ramsgate between 1901 and 1937.[1]

History[edit]

Services started on 4 April 1901 on a route which ran from Canterbury Road, Margate, Cliftonville, High Street Broadstairs, Dumpton Park Road, to a terminus at to Ramsgate Town railway station.

The main depot for the tramway was located at TR 3806 6900 (at the foot of Northdown Hill where it has a junction with Westover Road, Northdown Road and what is now Dane Valley Road).

A smaller depot was located at TR 3382 7006 at the terminus in Westbrook.

Fleet[edit]

The initial livery was maroon and cream.

Accidents[edit]

On 27 May 1905 car 47 failed to take a bend and came off the tracks into a grocer’s shop in Bellevue Road, Ramsgate, seriously injuring the driver, conductor and the grocer’s 7-year-old daughter.

On 3 August 1905, car 41, during a routine descent of the precipitous, and adverse camber leading down Madeira Walk hill into Ramsgate harbour, suddenly careered out of control, jumping the tracks, causing it to crash straight through the railings, so that it then dropped over the 30 feet (9.1 m) cliff edge adjacent. Providentially, only a few passengers were travelling on car 41 that day, and they came out of the ordeal unscathed, but the driver, who was new to the job, sustained some injury.

Closure[edit]

The tramway service closed on 27 March 1937 but the company continued to supply electrical power to the district for domestic and commercial consumption.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.

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