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The Giant's Causeway Tramway, operated by the Giant's Causeway, Portrush and Bush Valley Railway & Tramway Company Ltd, was a pioneering 3 ft gauge electric narrow gauge railway operating between Portrush and the Giant's Causeway on the coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, a distance of 9 miles. Promoted by William Atcheson and Anthony Traill, the line was engineered by Siemens Bros., and was both the world's first electric railway of more than 5 miles long and the first to be powered by hydro-electricity. The line opened on 28 September 1883. The tramway was originally on the third rail system, but changed over to the 250 V DV overhead system in 1899. The lined was closed on 30 September 1949, but part of it has subsequently been reopened as a steam hauled heritage line.
Map of the Giant's Causeway Tramway
Giant's Causeway Tramway at Dunluce Castle. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Giant's Causeway Tramway at the Causeway Hotel
Portrush Station, Giant's Causeway Tramway. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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