Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tram

Brush car 627, in a paint scheme to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, arrives at the Pleasure Beach loop
Brush car 627 was transported by Scotts Heavy Haulage from Kirkham Prison today, arriving at its new display location opposite Blackpool Pleasure Beach just after 17:45 this afternoon. 627 has spent the last few months undergoing work inside Kirkham Prison, and has been repainted in a gold and white colour scheme in commemoration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The side windows of the tram display paintings produced by Fleetwood schoolchildren, with the name of the artist above each window. It was to be several hours before 627 was finally unloaded, long after dark had fallen, at around 22:00.

Scotts low loader manoeuvred into position ready for the unloading process to begin
Flexity 008 passes by on the way to Starr Gate as 627 sits waiting to be unloaded
With the cab unit separated from the trailer, it now waits for the rail ramp to be built
627 ready to be lowered down the ramp onto the display track in the Pleasure Beach loop
637 starting to be pulled off the trailer by the little Avant 635 loader
8.35pm, the sun has set, but 627 still hasn't left the trailer yet!
Scotts Scania low loader that was used for carrying the rail ramp and spare lengths of rail

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