Weymouth Quay Heritage Campaign
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The Weymouth Quay Heritage Campaign is a movement to save and preserve the disused railway branch line that runs along the harbour in Weymouth, Dorset.
The Weymouth Tramway opened on the 16th October 1865. It closed in September 1987 and several railtours ran until the 2nd May 1999. The tramway has not been used or maintained for seventeen years (2016). The reason of closure is not because of cars, as is generally presumed, rather it was because electrification of the mainline reached Weymouth and was a difficulty with the tramway, thus concluding in closure.
Various campaigns have run in the seventeen years and only one was successful, which a Parry People Mover was tested and failed due to poor maintenance. All other campaigns were either dropped or never got passed the newspaper stage. The Weymouth Quay Heritage Campaign was launched in July 2015 and had a goal to maintain the movement and still does. The campaign featured in the September 1st 2015 issue of the Dorset Echo and many other news reporters. The campaign reached a landmark when it features on BBC Spotlight on the 9th April 2016.
The campaign has the goal of saving the tramway from permanent closure (currently under 'not in use' status) and preserving the line. Once acquired and preserved, the tramway will be continuously maintained and will be made safe. Features like replaced rails, sleepers and rubber tubing will make the tramway fit for all in this day and age. By doing all this, there is a possible chance of running short trains down the tramway route again/
History is a vital part of our planet, without development in history we wouldn't be where we are today. The Weymouth Tramway has played an astounding part in Weymouth's past with the growing town, goods, population and fits into most other features. If the tramway is ripped up, then the next generation will not be able to appreciate what has been a vital part for them being where they are. Heritage Railways, running or not, are very popular even for a non-enthusiast. It is extreme vandalism if the tramway is harmed in anyway and will be regretted in future years. The Weymouth Tramway is the sole survivor of the rare street railways, and must be saved.
By signing the petition, you will play a big part in showing that people want the tramway to stay. Our biggest nemesis' are Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and Network Rail. This petition has already proven useful in reports and the argument against the tramway being ripped up.
Please be sure to also support our campaign by following our websites. Over there, regular updates of news with the campaign and history on the branch line will be posted.
If you have any questions, concerns or complaints, please message us on Facebook and you'll receive a response in less than 24 hours.
Thank you for reading, and hope that you will join the movement on saving our heritage!
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