Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Wantage Tramway

A little Edwardian transport porn for a Sunday evening. I know what you like.

Wikipedia explains:
The Wantage Tramway Company was a two mile tramway that carried passengers and freight between the Oxfordshire town of Wantage and Wantage Road Station on the Great Western Main Line. 
Formed in 1873 to link Wantage Road station with its terminus at Mill Street, Wantage the line was cheaply built parallel to what was then the Besselsleigh Turnpike, and now the A338. 
The tramway closed to passengers in 1925 and to goods traffic in 1945.
Better still, the photo shows the tram approaching Grove Bridge over the Wiltshire & Berkshire Canal.

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