The Seaton Tramway has become the latest organisation to reveal their special events planned for 2013 with the highlight for the enthusiast being the return of the Classic Car Show on Sunday 9th June which will also include many of the traditional tramway gala events.
The Classic Car Show itself will be held on the Underfleet car park in Seaton (right next door to the tramway terminus) and it is expected that there will be a wonderful line up of vehicles. But the day is not all about the classic cars as the opportunity to hold a celebration on the tramway will also be taken. As has become traditional with this type of
event at Seaton there will be depot visits and photographic opportunities alongside the chance to take part in the “Driver’s Eye Experience”. There will also be trade stands at Colyton Station, plenty of trams in service and wonderful food on offer at the Tramstop café. The Classic Car Show will take place between 1000 and 1700.
The events scheduled for the remainder of the year are unlikely to appeal to the tram enthusiast especially although on numerous occasions the “Driver’s Eye Experience” will be offered at £25 per person to give members of the public the chance to fulfil their dream of driving a tram on the Seaton Tramway. There are also the traditional Halloween specials, Santa specials, guided bird watching trips, the return of the Seaton Pearl, lots of entertainment (including Rod Stewart and Neil Diamond tribute acts) and themed menus at the Tramstop Restaurant.
Work is continuing in the Riverside Depot workshops on a number of trams over the close season at Seaton with 9, 10, 14 and 16 all recently being worked upon. For tram 9 the window frames have now been rubbed down and are receiving a new top coat whilst the handrails from the cabs have been removed ready to be sent away for powder coating. Work is also being undertaken on the two destination boxes.
Work on tram 10 has seen side panels removed from the central section in order to be repainted. The central handrails and cab handrails have been removed and will also be sent away for powder coating whilst the lower deck seats have been fully revarnished with all seat panels replaced including new kick plates.
Tram 14 has had the west side rocker panel lettering and lining now completed whilst fellow single decker 16 has had works to solve a small electrical issue with the control gear.