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Date/Time: August, 1952.

The Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway was one of the few British examples of an "interurban": that is, a tramway/light rail system that started in a town (running on street track), then ran cross-country, and entered another town. It ran, of course, between the towns of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay, though at one time it continued on to Old Colwyn.

In Llandudno, the L&CBER started at the West Shore, headed east along Gloddaeth St. and turned right onto Mostyn St. before heading out of town. It continued across the Little Orme (a headland at the opposite end of town from the Great Orme) around Penrhyn Bay, and into Colwyn Bay.

The "middle section" (outside of the downtown sections) of the line was:-

Grand Theatre/Craig-y-Don - Double Track (centre of road)
Craig-y-Don/Craigside - Double Track (private right of way - through Bodafon fields)
Craigside/Penrhynside - Double track (south side of road)
Penrhynside/Penrhyn Bay - Double Track (private fight of way - the steep hill)
Penrhyn Bay/Glan-y-Mor Road - Double Track (right of way - north of road)
Glan-y-Mor Road - Double Track (centre of a street - ultimately)

At this time, the L&CBER still had at least one of its original single-deck interurban cars (no. 17) and a batch of open "toast-rack" cars, but also had double-deck cars obtained from Bournemouth and Darwen, and single-deck cars from Accrington.

A couple of notes:

  • The Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Tramway Society has two trams, one of which is being rebuilt completely.

  • I would like to thank several people for sending me information about many of these pictures. Each person's contribution is flagged with a digit in brackets: my apologies to those people who sent me information before I instigated my attribution system!

[11] Dave Matthews
[19] John Bird
[24] Colin & Paddy Spiller

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