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Operator Tramlink
System Type Light Rail
Year Opened 2000
# of Lines 3
# of Cars 24
Mileage 28 km
Gauge Std
Stations 39
Power Overhead
Fare Media POP
Data Date 2001
1st Visit 2/2001
Last Visit 2/2001
% Rode 70%

Europe Transit > United Kingdom > London
Croydon Trams

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Croydon Light Rail

This light rail, or tram, system opened in 2000. It has three lines that come together to serve Central Croydon. Much of the lines are on former mainline right of ways. The system connects with many different mainline railway stations as well as the London Underground at Wimbledon.

The cars were built by Bombardier. They run as single car trains. Trains on the Wimbledon-Elmers Lane (Line 1)  line run about every 10~11 minutes Line 2 (Croydon loop - Beckenham Junction) is every 10-11 min and Line 3 (Croydon loop - New Addington) is every 6-7 minutes. . Click on any image to enlarge.

TramlinkTrain leaving the downtown single track loop near East Croydon. (2/01 dig.) TramlinkTwo trams are seen at the three track station of East Croydon, it is located next to a busy mainline station. (2/01 dig.)
TramlinkTram on the loop which is currently seen on side reservation. The driver is wrongly using a bus only lane with a still £40 fine. (2/01 dig.) lon-lr-croyden07.jpg (219999 bytes)Tram heading into the downtown loop (2/01 dig.)
lon-lr-croyden10.jpg (176632 bytes)Croydon quickly found advertisers to "wrap" their cars in ads. However they add color to the cars. (2/01 dig.) lon-lr-croyden11.jpg (145522 bytes)Another view of the same car heading into town. (2/01 dig.)
lon-lr-croyden12.jpg (209715 bytes)Tram is seen at Wimbledon station. It actually uses a former railway track (raised) for cross platform transfer, plus a link to the underground using an overpass. (2/01 dig.) TramlinkTram wrapped for Nescafe. (2/01 dig.)
lon-lr-croyden14.jpg (151207 bytes)This tram has just left East Croydon heading into town. (2/01 dig.) lon-lr-croyden23.jpg (18060 bytes)Train squealing around the curve heading to East Croydon (2/01 video.)
lon-lr-croyden24.jpg (18487 bytes)Tram heading into the downtown loop (2/01 video.)  lon-lr-croyden21.jpg (20539 bytes)Another Advertising liveried tram heading to East Croydon (2/01 video.)

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