Monday, 26 January 2015

Twin Set Motor Car 671 returns to Rigby Road

Calkeld Heavy Haulage on Burton Road in Marton with 671 securely fastened to the low loader trailer
On the morning of 26th January a low loader from Calkeld Heavy Haulage arrived at Jackson's yard in Marton to collect trailer towing car 671 to transport it the short distance to Rigby Road depot. 671 had resided in the open at Marton for three years, since Scotts Heavy Haulage first moved the tram there in February 2012. This now means that all the former Lancastrian Transport Trust trams have found new homes again. The primary reason for the return of 671 is so that its leaf sprung bogies can be used under 279, to help in the recreation of an English Electric Railcoach, 279 is currently sitting on inauthentic rubber sprung Metalastik bogies from an OMO car. Calkeld handled the move with great efficiency, the whole operation taking less than 3 hours from start to finish.

671 in the yard at Jackson's Coaches of Marton before the loading operations commenced
671 being winched onto Calkeld Heavy Haulage's low loader in the yard of Jackson's Coaches in Marton
671 safely loaded onto the trailer of Calkeld Heavy Haulage in the yard at Jackson's Coaches of Marton
Calkeld Heavy Haulage making a three point turn in the yard at the rear of Jackson's Coaches in Marton
Calkeld Heavy Haulage turning right from Burton Road in Marton onto Vicarage Lane
671 heading off down Vicarage Lane in Marton bound for Rigby Road
Calkeld Heavy Haulage turning from Lytham Road into Hopton Road on the last leg of the journey
671 making the tight turn from Hopton Road into Blundell Street
Calkeld Heavy Haulage's transporter and escort vehicle parked up in Blundell St after the short journey from Marton
671 being lowered down the rail ramp using the electric winch on the rear of Calkeld's tractor unit
671 being lowered down the rail ramp using the electric winch on the rear of Calkeld's tractor unit
Unimog 939 pulling 671 off the low loader trailer of Calkeld Heavy Haulage
671 back on Blackpool rails again after a three year absence

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