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Seaton Tramway

A Unique Tram Collection on the Former Seaton Branch.

Running for about half it’s length alongside the Axe Estuary, the Seaton Tramway offers great opportunities for spotting wildlife while riding aboard it’s unique historic trams.

Seaton Tramway at a Glance

Type: Preserved tramway on railway trackbed

Gauge: Narrow, 2’ 9”

Length: 3 miles

Stations: 3

First opened: 1868

Closed: 1966

Re-opened in preservation: 1970


Getting there

By Train - The nearest main line station is Axminster on the Waterloo to Exeter line which is served by South West Trains. Seaton is about a 6 mile bus ride from Axminster.

By Car - Seaton is the ideal place to join the Seaton Tramway as the station is adjacent to a large pay and display car park. There is very limited parking at Colyton and none at Colyford.
The tram station is adjacent to the Underfleet car park in Seaton on the B3172, which is accessed from the A3052 Exeter to Lyme Regis road. Refer to the map above for directions and postcodes.


The map below shows the location of all the stations and stops on the Seaton Tramway together with Riverside Depot (not open to the public). Click on any of the markers to see the station name and postcode (where applicable). Use the zoom and pan tools to explore the map.


The unique Seaton tramway is quite close to where I now live so I visit fairly often these days. Modern Electric Tramways Ltd relocated to Seaton at about the same time I became interested in anything that runs on rails so had read about it many times before I finally paid my first visit in 2001.

From the Seaton terminus, the 25 minute journey begins on a stretch of line with some sharp curves before joining the original branch line trackbed at Riverside Loop. The line then follows the river Axe estuary, past Axmouth Loop, over Bobsworth Bridge and Swans Nest Loop and into Colyford.

This southern section is of particular interest to twitchers, you can usually see waders, ducks, geese and gulls and occasionally something more exotic, from the tramway. Even in hot weather, it can be chilly on this stretch aboard an open topper so a coat is advisable.

The tram stop at Colyford is right next to the White Hart Inn and just down the road from the Motor Museum which is housed in a former garage where TE Lawrence (of Arabia) was a regular customer. If you choose to alight here on a busy day you will need to be prepared to wait for a tram with available seats to continue your journey as many trams run full between Seaton and Colyton.

The line crosses the A3052 on a level crossing immediately after the Colyford tram stop and there is a distinct change in the countryside from marshy estuary to farmland and woodland. Two more loops are passed before the beautifully refurbished station at Colyton is reached.

Whichever direction you are travelling, all passengers are required to alight at the terminus, you can then rejoin the same tram or catch any other later tram for the return journey.

No matter what the weather is doing, the Seaton tramway has suitable trams to suit it, open toppers for sunny days and enclosed saloons for rainy days. Likewise, the Tram Stop Restaurant at Colyton has tables indoors and outdoors so you can have a great day out, rain or shine. If you are visiting Devon, don’t miss the chance to travel on this unique line.

Attractions and Facilities


Contact Details

Headquarters Address:




Seaton Tramway,
Harbour Road,
EX12 2NQ

01297 20375

Seaton Tramway

Map | Getting there | Attractions & Facilities | Operation | Brief History | Review | Links




Trams run every day from April to October and every weekend in November, December, late February and March. Frequency is every 20 minutes in Spring and Summer and every 30 minutes in Autumn and Winter. Refer to the Seaton Tramway website for timetable (see link below).

Passengers are required to alight from the tram on arrival at Seaton and Colyton therefore, the recommended minimum time for a return tram trip is 2 hours. Longer should be allowed at peak periods or if you wish to break your journey. On busy days, some trams may run full from Seaton & Colyton, resulting in delays at Colyford.



Brief History

The history of the Seaton Tramway is an amalgamation of the Seaton and Beer Railway and the Lancaster Electrical Company in Barnet, North London, which built battery electric vehicles such as milk floats.