The last stretch of Dover tram track lifted for preservation
Work has started in De Bradlei wharf car park on the latest phase of Dover Port’s Western Dock redevelopment. An early part of the work is the lifting of 45 yards of the old tram lines which once ran through Northampton Street, long since demolished. The track, complete with its granite setts, is to be moved to Dover Transport Museum where it will be re-laid in the museum grounds.
Museum Trustee Brian Flood gratefully acknowledged the generous help of both Port of Dover’s management and the contractors, Walker Construction (UK) Ltd. He said, “Port of Dover and Walker Construction could not have been more helpful and we are delighted that this last bit of the once famous Dover tram system has been saved”
Pier District to River Tram, Northampton Quay Tram Track Rescue Work
On its opening in 1897, the Dover tram system, only the second corporation system in the country, was hailed as an example for others to follow. “Leeds first, Dover second, the rest nowhere,” was the report in Railway Magazine. Following its closure in 1936 the system was dismantled and the trams destroyed. The only other surviving remnants of the system are the tram shelter in Folkestone Road and the old tram depot building at Buckland, now Hollis Motors.