Site of original tram terminus, Colwyn Bay

Site of original tram terminus, Station Road, Colwyn Bay

Old photo of tram terminus near Station RoadWhen the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway opened its tramway into Colwyn Bay in 1908, the end of the line was here, at the top of Station Road. The old photos are shown on this web page courtesy of the L&CB Tramway Society.

The upper photo shows a tram at the terminus, which was in the middle of the main road. The long pole on top of the tram collected electricity from the overhead wire. Its position shows that the tram in the photo was ready to depart for West Shore, Llandudno, via Rhos-on-Sea. Just ahead of the tram you can see how the track split in two to form a loop, where arriving and departing trams could pass each other.

On the right is the Central Hotel, which had recently been rebuilt – as you can read on our page about the building.

Old photo of tram near Station Road, Colwyn BayThe tramway company’s Light Railway Order, empowering it to build the route, included a terminus outside the railway station, at the bottom of Station Road. The tramway never reached that point. Instead it was extended along Abergele Road to Old Colwyn in 1915. When that extension closed in 1930, the new terminus was near the top of Greenfield Road.

The lower photo was taken from the corner of Woodland Road East. It shows a tram on the recently extended track, with the Central Hotel in the background. Prominent in the picture is one of the many poles which held the electricity wire above the tram track. The shops on the right were replaced in 1930 by a building with an unusual neo-classical frontage by local architect Sidney Colwyn Foulkes.

With thanks to the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Tramway Society

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