A large depot and workshop has been constructed at Riverside, and these workshops not only maintain the existing fleet but have an on-going programme of restoration of old tramcars, suitably modified for the narrow gauge, and new construction of trams particularly suited to the environment in which they operate; the latest cars being constructed have a centre low-floor section for use by the less agile members of our society.
One tram, No.17, has been constructed in the style of a Manx Electric toast-rack car with a section specifically designed for the carriage of wheelchairs.
Let's look at the fleet starting with the cars originally operated at Eastbourne.
It is seen on the stretch of line between the depot and town centre which has tight curves (like any real tramway!) and the track is either grassed or paved.
Here it loads at the Colyton terminus having just reversed under the trolley reverser which saves the driver having to get out to change the pole around by hand.
Car 7 arrives at the smart and very vintage looking tramway terminus in Seaton Town Centre. It includes traditional style queuing barriers for busy periods as well as the not-so-traditional gift shop - disguised as a ticket office!
Car 8 was constructed at Eastbourne in 1967/8 but it was in fact the first car built specifically for the 2ft 9in gauge.
Colyford is the only intermediate stopping place although there are several passing loops on the line. Adjacent to the tram stop is the White Hart Inn - but beware this closes at 3:00 - but they serve real food and, more to the point, real ale too!
Colyford Village has its own website here.
Here, No.12 comes off the level crossing into the passing loop at Colyford on a private hire job, closely followed by the Manx car, No.17.
You can find the official Seaton Tramway website here. It has timetables, fleet information, details of various special events - they even run tram driving courses.