1899 Cruden Bay Tram

Objects from this contributor

1899 Cruden Bay Tram

The Great North of Scotland Railway Company built a magnificent hotel at Cruden Bay in 1898. Electric trams were used to carry passengers and luggage between the hotel and the station.
In 1898 work commenced on the building of a 3' 6" gauge tram line and a special generator to supply the 500 volts DC for the overhead live wire. Construction of the rolling stock was put in hand at the Kittybrewster works and consisted of 2 single deck 4 wheel trams.
The hotel opened in March 1899 and the tramway immediately began to carry traffic - although the trams had to be horse-drawn until the generator station was completed in June of that year. The Cruden Bay Hotel was profitable in its early years but by 1921 was showing an annual deficit. In 1932, the railway line through Cruden Bay closed to passengers and the hotel's isolation was heightened. The trams continued to carry goods and laundry until the army requisitioned the hotel in March 1941. At this time, the 2 trams were dismantled, with the metalwork being scrapped for the war effort, and the saloon bodies sold locally for use as summer-houses.
In the late 1980s, a restoration project was begun to restore the tram to its former glory.

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline

Location

Alford, Aberdeenshire

Culture
Period

1899

Theme
Size
Colour
Material

View more objects from people in North East Scotland.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.