Hythe Pier, Hampshire
|Construction:||Pairs of cast iron piles with cross bracing, steelwork supporting timber deck|
|Restoration:||1896, 1947, 1960s, 1970/1, 1982, 1987/8|
Construction of the pier began in October 1879 and it opened with considerable pomp and ceremony on 1st January 1881. A 2 foot gauge, third-rail electric tramway opened in 1922 using ‘Brush’ locomotives. This followed the introduction of a baggage line in 1909, which was then adapted to take passenger traffic after World War II. Trains still carry passengers to the pier-head and the railway is the World’s Oldest Pier Train (an official Guinness World Record) having been in continuous operation since 1922.