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The Rye & Camber Tramway : A Centenary History
Cooksey, Laurie A
Plateway Press
ISBN 10: 1871980267
ISBN 13: 9781871980264

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The Rye & Camber Tramway : A Centenary History
Cooksey, Laurie A      
ISBN: 1871980267
Plateway Press Norwich, Norfolk, England 1995 First Edition  Hard Cover 160 pages b/w photos maps - First ever full-length history of the 3ft gauge light railway connecting Rye (Sussex) with Camber Sands. The Rye and Camber was part of the celebrated "Colonel Stephens" group of light railways, and operated from 1895 up to the beginning of World War 2. Exclusively a passenger carrying line, its motive power was two attractive Bagnall tanks, replaced in later years by a petrol tractor. This centenary history gives the full story of its turbulent life and untimely demise, plus newly discovered facts about its service after 'closure' in the defence of the realm. Comprehensively illustrated with many 'new' photographs, plus track plans and scale drawings for the guidance of the railway modeller. The Rye and Camber Tramway was an English narrow gauge railway in East Sussex. It was of 3 ft (914 mm) gauge. It operated from 1895 until 1939, connecting Rye to the nearby coast at Camber. It was a very short line, only about 13/4 miles (2.8 km) in length, and boasting only three stations - Rye, Golf Links and Camber Sands. It operated mainly to transport golfers from Rye to the nearby golf links and holidaymakers to the coastal dunes.Although initially quite successful, increasing competition from automobile and bus transport eventually caused the tramway to enter a gradual economic decline, as was the case with many small railways. Passenger service was ended at the outbreak of World War II but was extensively used by the Government to convey parts for the P.L.U.T.O. (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) project for which a special siding leading to a new pier near Golf Club Station was constructed by Canadian troops.The line was in such a run-down a condition by the end of the war that it was deemed irrecoverable and was sold for scrap in 1947. The Rye & Camber Tramways Co. Ltd. was liquidated in February 1949.  New/New
Price: $59.40 (AUD)
Book Number: EPPP-4512
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