Still Standing! Tram poles in Llandudno

We are off to the North Wales coast for today’s edition of “Still Standing” as we take a look at surviving overhead poles.

Its probably another case of most people will easily just walk on by without realising that they have just passed a bit of history but on Gloaddaeth Street there are four original poles now in use as decoration holders and connected by strings of various coloured lights. One of the poles even still has the original carrier arm for the wire (at least half of it anyway) giving away its history. As if to show how old can be used for new the pole also has a CCTV camera attached!

With the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric Railway closing in 1956 these remaining poles have to be over 60 years old and with the likelihood that they wouldn’t have been replaced in the last years of the system probably at least 70 years old.

One of the poles is seen here with support bracket and CCTV camera. (Photograph by Dave Jones, 18th February 2020)

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2 Responses to Still Standing! Tram poles in Llandudno

  1. paul.ellis589 says:

    This post sadly is a modern one, it’s not an original tram overhead pole. If you look in the book Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Tramway by Stephen Lockwood published by Middleton Press & look at the photos of Gloddaeth Street you will see the poles are of a much thicker diameter. Sorry!!

  2. Mark Andrew Pardoe says:

    Ah! But there are still two standing in Nottingham. One by the Basford Fire Station and the other on Mansfield Road by the junction with Yew Tree Avenue. I’ve heard a rumour of another but I don’t know where.

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