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Monday, 17 June 2019

Seaton Tramway Visit

I recently took a trip to Seaton Tramway with my Mum, Uncle and Grandad as a Fathers Day treat for my Grandad. He is a massive lover of Trams and Steam Trains and my Mum thought it would be a great trip out.

Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in the beautiful Axe Valley, alongside the River Axe estuary and through two nature reserves and giving you a great view of some fantastic wildlife.

When we arrived we walked into the new station at the Seaton end of the line. This only opened in June 2018 and its lovely, it is under cover now, meaning when the weather is not so nice you are not standing around getting soaked. The new station also has a lovely cafe/small gift shop. We decided to have a hot chocolate before boarding our first Tram.

Our Tram for the journey up the line was Car number 15, this was originally built in 1988 (its the same age as me), but was re-built in 2016. It was a single decker car with lovely blue and cream livery.

As you can see my Mum and I enjoyed the trip to Colyton. Along the way we saw Rabbits in the nature reserve, Swans and various other birds along the river, and some fab moo cows. The scenery was lovely and our driver was very entertaining.

It took around 25 minutes to reach Colyton station which is the other end of the line from Seaton. The Trams run every 20 minutes from either end of the line. Once we arrived we disembarked and took a little look around their gift shop, then we headed into the cafe that is attached to the gift shop for a spot of lunch. I had a Tuna cheese melt panini and shared a bowl of chips with my Mum, my Grandad had a cheese sandwich which he seemed to enjoy, and my uncle had bangers and mash with beans which he said was also very good. 

For our trip back down the line to Seaton we had Car number 11 (the pink car). Car number 11 was built in 2007. I had seen this one on the line as we were travelling up and hoped that we could ride back on it. It is a double decker Tram, which means you can sit on the top open decker and watch the world go by. We didn't sit on the top due to my Grandad's mobility not being so great, and we all wanted to sit together. 

As we headed back down the line we had to stop shortly as there was a fox sitting on the line. We also saw rabbits running across the line frequently too. It took again about 25 minutes for the return journey back to Seaton.

I must admit we all had a really lovely family day out. We saw lots of family's with children enjoying the day too. People even bought their dogs along for the ride. We will definitely be visiting again in the future.

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