A new four-coach tram from Severn Lamb is now in service in Northern Ireland, offering a welcome diversion for visitors to the Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Replacing the steam engines that used to run along the Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Railway (GCBR), the tram runs up to 10 times daily along a beautiful 2-mile (3.2.km) stretch of coastline.
“We do still get some diehard fans asking for steam, but the new rolling stock is a million times better and really looks the part,” says GCBR managing director Kathleen Miller. “Severn Lamb were very amenable and made sure everything was up and running to our satisfaction.”
The bespoke tramcars are fitted out with wooden benches, period style features and a public address system and were designed to replicate the original hydroelectric tramcars that operated along the GCBR line from 1883 to 1949.
“The finished product is a stunning example of the craftsmanship and capabilities of Severn Lamb in providing a unique product to a unique location,” notes Severn Lamb managing director Patrick Severn Lamb.
The result of an ancient volcanic eruption, the Giant’s Causeway is an intriguing network of interlocking basalt columns overlooking the Atlantic Sea. As well as the 2-mile (3.2km) train line, the Giant’s Causeway & Bushmills Railway also includes a model railway and gift shop.