Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway

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Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway
Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway.jpg
Map of Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway routes
Locale Rothesay
Open 19 August 1902
Close 30 September 1936
Status Closed
Track gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)
Propulsion system(s) Electric
Depot(s) Port Bannatyne
Route length 4.87 miles (7.84 km)

The Rothesay and Ettrick Bay Light Railway was a narrow gauge electric tramway on the Isle of Bute, Scotland.


The original tramway was opened in 1882 - a horse-drawn 4 ft (1,219 mm) gauge tramway running from the promenade at Rothesay to Port Bannatyne.[1]

In 1901 the tramway was bought by British Electric Traction and closed on 2 March 1902 for modernisation. It was regauged to 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) and electrified. Some horse-drawn vehicles were re-gauged and operated a temporary service until the electrification was complete. Electric services started on 13 August 1902.

On 13 July 1905 a ​2 18-mile extension from Port Bannatyne to Ettrick Bay along a reserved right of way was opened. It had been built by Dick, Kerr & Co.[2]

On 1 January 1914, control of the company passed to the Scottish General Transport Company.



On 1 June 1932, the company name changed to Western Scottish Motor Traction Company, and the tramway closed on 30 September 1936.[1]

The depot in Port Bannatyne is still in use as a bus garage.


  • Twaddle, Graham. Old Bute. Stenlake Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84033-099-1.


  1. ^ a b Holland, Julian (2007). Amazing and Extraordinary Railway Facts. David & Charles. p. 95. ISBN 0-7153-2582-5.
  2. ^ "The Tramway and Railway World". Carriers Publishing Co., Ltd. 5 March 1905: 266.
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