The perfect staycation... camping in old trams | Nostalgia

Some of you of a certain age might remember when you could hire a space in a camping coach alongside a railway siding, usually at country stations.

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 7:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 2:27 pm
Four camping tramcars at Fishers Camp, Fishery Lane, Hayling Island. Picture: Barry Cox postcard collection.

They were old railway carriages fitted out for holidaymakers’ use. The seats were removed and replaced with bunk beds not unlike a modern sleeping car on the Caledonian services although not so plush. In the 1930s the same idea was used but instead of using railway coaches, redundant trams were used.

In this picture taken at Fishers Camp, Fishery Lane, Hayling Island, in 1931, the camping trams had once been used on the Croydon tram system.

I have no idea when sleeping in old trams went out of fashion but if anyone has any information please let me know.

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The memorial plaque to six of the gunners who died at the gun site. Jack Chandler’s name to be added. Picture: Richard Coates

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A wreath laid at the memorial by The Royal Regiment of Artillery, Thorney Island. Picture: Richard Coates