Posted on 18th October 2016 / 590
Industry Type : Transport
Power Type : Electricity
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Restored

Hythe Pier Railway is Britain’s oldest continuously operating electric pier train.

And is also in the Guinness Book of Records!

A Southampton-Hythe ferry was first recorded over 400 years ago, but it wasn’t until 1881 that the present pier was opened for business. A hand-propelled Narrow Gauge railway was built on the pier in 1909 and was electrified in 1922. The Hythe Pier Railway has been operating ever since and is the longest continuously running pier train in the UK!

The pier opened in 1881.

The Hythe Ferry provides a link between the city of Southampton and the village of Hythe on the opposite side of Southampton Water.

The track is laid to 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge and is electrified at 250 V DC by a third rail on the seaward side of the track.

It still uses the original engine and rolling stock and continues to connect with the half hourly ferry service to Southampton!

The Transport Trust awarded Hythe Ferry & Pier Railway a prestigious Red Wheel on July 14th 2010.

Check out the following website for more info – HERE!

 

Hythe, Hampshire

Hythe Pier Railway

Hythe Pier Railway is Britain’s oldest continuously operating electric pier train.

And is also in the Guinness Book of Records!

A Southampton-Hythe ferry was first recorded over 400 years ago, but it wasn’t until 1881 that the present pier was opened for business. A hand-propelled Narrow Gauge railway was built on the pier in 1909 and was electrified in 1922. The Hythe Pier Railway has been operating ever since and is the longest continuously running pier train in the UK!

The pier opened in 1881.

The Hythe Ferry provides a link between the city of Southampton and the village of Hythe on the opposite side of Southampton Water.

The track is laid to 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge and is electrified at 250 V DC by a third rail on the seaward side of the track.

It still uses the original engine and rolling stock and continues to connect with the half hourly ferry service to Southampton!

The Transport Trust awarded Hythe Ferry & Pier Railway a prestigious Red Wheel on July 14th 2010.

Check out the following website for more info – HERE!

 

Hythe, Hampshire

Hythe Pier Railway
Industry Type : Transport
Power Type : Electricity
Public or Private Site? : Public Access
Condition : Restored
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