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Friday, 29 June 2012

Finishing touches to LUT 159

The final coats of varnish going on to LUT 159 ready for its official launch on Saturday 7th July

Leeds 345

Here is a photograph taken in the Workshop of Chris and Dave working on Leeds 345 motor suspension bearings.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Paisley 68/ Glasgow 1068

As part of the celebration to mark 50 Years since Glasgow tramways closed, the Museum is pleased to acknowledge sponsorship from Scottish Tramway and Transport Society to enable us to show the car as Glasgow 1068.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

London 159 Launch

Here are some photographs of London 159 on a test run on Saturday 9th June. The official launch date for London 159 will be on Saturday 7th July. Please see website for further details.

Photographs supplied by Peter Whiteley

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Launch of Blackpool 'Luxury Toastrack' 236 on Sunday 3rd June 2012

On Sunday 3rd June 2012 Blackpool 'luxury Toastrack' 236 was launched into public service. The event took place in heavy rain with all participants getting thoroughly soaked.

The day started with an impressive line up of Blackpool tramcars in front of the depot.

Blackpool 236 followed by Blackpool 630 making its way past a Blackpool motor bus on its way to the launch ceremony.


Miss Daphne Luff (daughter of Walter Luff, the Blackpool General Manager who introduced the 'Luxury Toastrack' cars in 1934), together with TMS President Chris Thornburn breaking a stick of Blackpool rock across the coupler of the car to ceremonially inaugurate the car in to public service.

Blackpool 236 pauses at Wakebridge during a very wet inaugural run to Glory Mine.

In the 'dry' of the Workshop, TMS Chairman Colin Heaton presents Daphne Luff with a photo of Blackpool 236 in service at Starr Gate during the 1950's, with TMS President Chris Thornburn looking on.

All images courtesy Mike Crabtree

Friday, 1 June 2012

Flashback to 1985

A flashback to the first ever test run of Blackpool 'Boat' 607 on the car's first visit to the Museum in 1985. Pictured here on a very cold but sunny March evening.

This coming Sunday 3rd June 2012, some 27 years later than it's first ever test run at the Museum, the car now restored as Blackpool 'Luxury Toastrack' 236 will be launched into public service following a ceremony at 11.30 am at Stephenson Place.

Photos courtesy of Mike Crabtree