Warrenpoint and Rostrevor Tramway

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Warrenpoint and Rostrevor Tramway
Tram Cars, Rostrevor, Co. Down.jpg
Tramcars at Rostrevor
Locale Warrenpoint, Rostrevor
Open July 1877
Close February 1915
Status Closed
Track gauge 3 ft (914 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Horse
Route length 3.3 miles (5.3 km)

The Warrenpoint and Rostrevor Tramway operated 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge, horse-drawn tramway services between Warrenpoint and Rostrevor, County Down, (in what is now Northern Ireland) from 1877 to 1915.[1]


The Warrenpoint and Rostrevor Tramway offered passengers a connection from its canopied terminus platform at Warrenpoint railway station through to Rostrevor. The company was established in 1875 and services started in 1877. It was promoted by Francis Needham, 3rd Earl of Kilmorey. It was the first tramway service in Ireland. The Earl sold the tramway in 1884 for £4,000 (£363,805 as of 2014).[2] [3] In 1910, the manager was Bernard Reilly.[4]


In 1890 the fares[5] were

  • 1st Class single 6d (£2.4 as of 2014) [2]
  • 1st Class return 9d (£3.6 as of 2014) [2]
  • 3rd Class single 4d (£1.59 as of 2014) [2]
  • 3rd Class return 6d (£2.4 as of 2014) [2]

Extension plan[edit]

In 1908 plans were made to purchase the tramway, electrify it and extend it as far as Newcastle, County Down,[6] however, these plans came to nothing.


Early in 1915 a storm washed away part of the line and following this, the service never resumed.


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ a b c d e UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  3. ^ The British architect: a journal of architecture and the accessory arts, Volume 21 1884
  4. ^ Belfast and Ulster Towns Directory for 1910
  5. ^ Ireland (part I.): Northern counties, including Dublin and neighbourhood. Mountford John Byrde Baddeley. Dulau, 1890
  6. ^ The Electrical engineer 1908