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Selsey Tramway

Selsey RailcarColonel Stephens was engineer and subsequently manager and effectively owner of this agricultural light railway.It was was opened in 1897 from Chichester to Selsey Town and extended a further mile to Selsey Beach in 1908 but this section fell out of use in 1914. Generally known as the Selsey Tram the railway was laterly the most ramshackle of all Stephens lines, and suffered greatly from road competition after the Great War. It fell into bankruptcy in the early 1930s and closed in 1935. The Southern railway had 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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THE SELSEY TRAMWAY IN ITS LAST DAYS

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