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Selsey Tramway

Selsey RailcarColonel Stephens was engineer and subsequently manager and laterly effectively owner of this railway. It was was opened in 1897, without benefit of legislative sanction, from Chichester to Selsey Town and extended a further mile to Selsey Beach in 1908, though this latter section fell out of use in 1914. Generally known as the Selsey Tram the railway suffered greatly from road competition after the early 1920's. Perahps the most ramshakle of Stephens' line, due mainly to the previous owners under investment, it closed in 1935. The Southern Railway actively considered purchase to turn it into an electrified holiday line but was deterred by high reconstruction costs.
Railway Map

Further reading:

The Selsey Tramway, Volumes 1 and 2. Laurie Cooksey. Wild Swan Publications. 2006

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