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The Great Orme Tramway is Britain's only remaining cable operated street tramway and one of only three surviving in the world. The line is in two sections and passengers change cars at the Halfway Station. The lower section has a maximum grade of 1 in 4 and climbs 400 feet in about half-a-mile. It was opened for passengers on July 31st 1902. The upper section, opened in 1903, is less steep and climbs 150 feet in about the same distance to its terminus near the Summit Complex.

The tramway is situated on the Great Orme, a mountain by the town of Llandudno in the County of Conwy in Wales.


Please read the description for Regional: Europe: United Kingdom: Wales: Conwy County Borough: Llandudno: Travel and Tourism: Attractions: Great Orme for further information.

Also, please read the description for Regional: Europe: United Kingdom: Wales: Conwy County Borough: Llandudno and the description for Regional: Europe: United Kingdom: Wales: Conwy County Borough for general information about the area.


If you are looking for general UK tram information, please see Regional: Europe: United Kingdom: Recreation and Sports: Transport: Public Transport: Trams, and, if you are looking for general tram information, please see Business: Transportation and Logistics: Urban Transport: Tramways and LRT and Recreation: Trains and Railroads.

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Great Orme Tramway
Official site of the United Kingdom's longest cable hauled funicular tramway and one of only three cable hauled street tramways in the world. Included are a brief tramway history, details of how the tramway works and information for visitors. A comprehensive information pack for school teachers and pupils is available for download.
The Great Orme Railway
Archive photographs of the tramway in 1952 by Dewi Williams. Detailed coverage of stations, winding house, trackwork and cars.
Great Orme Tramway
A selection of pre-1977 black and white photographs.
Great Orme Tramway
Photographs of the tramway taken in April 1999.
Great Orme Tramway
Pictures of the trams on July 9th 2000.
Great Orme Tramway - Travel Photos
Fine collection of photographs taken from the trams
Great Orme Tramway : The Cable Car of Wales
One of three systems in the world in which "cable cars" operate on city streets. The others are in San Francisco and Lisbon. A notable American view by Walter Rice.
Great Orme Tramway: Tramshots
Photographic slide show.
Historic trams collide in Llandudno
Report and discussion about the accident in which two trams collided on April 30th 2000 injuring 17 people.
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