Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway

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Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway
Map of Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway routes
Locale Rothesay
Open 19 August 1902
Close 30 September 1936
Status Closed
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Depot(s) Port Bannatyne
Route length 4.87 miles (7.84 km)

The Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway was a narrow gauge electric tramway on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.


The original tramway was opened in 1882 - a horse-drawn 4 ft (1,219 mm) gauge tramway running from the promenade at Rothesay to Port Bannatyne.[1]

In 1901 the tramway was bought by British Electric Traction and closed on 2 March 1902 for modernisation. It was regauged to 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) and electrified. Some horse-drawn vehicles were re-gauged and operated a temporary service until the electrification was complete. Electric services started on 13 August 1902.

On 13 July 1905 a 2 18-mile extension from Port Bannatyne to Ettrick Bay along a reserved right of way was opened. It had been built by Dick, Kerr & Co.[2]

On 1 January 1914, control of the company passed to the Scottish General Transport Company.



On 1 June 1932, the company name changed to Western Scottish Motor Traction Company, and the tramway closed on 30 September 1936.[1]

The depot in Port Bannatyne is still in use as a bus garage.



  1. ^ a b Holland, Julian (2007). Amazing and Extraordinary Railway Facts. David & Charles. p. 95. ISBN 0-7153-2582-5. 
  2. ^ "The Tramway and Railway World". Carriers Publishing Co., Ltd. March 5, 1905. p. 266.