Monday, 29 February 2016

147 departs for Beamish

Engineering Car 754 propelling Standard 147 into Blundell Street at 0755 in the morning
Standard 147 was scheduled to leave for the Living Museum of the North at Beamish on 29th February, in an exchange loan for Marton Box Car 31 which would be coming south to Blackpool for the season. 147 was shunted out of the depot onto Blundell Street by Engineering Car 754 before 0800 in readiness for loading. An early start to the day had been planned, but although the low loader left Leeds at 0630, it was a full seven hours later that it eventually turned up in Blundell Street at 1330, apparently due to a problem with the vehicle. The loading process took most of the afternoon, with Calkeld Heavy Haulage departing from Blundell Street at 1635, with 147 safely chained down on the trailer in preparation for the long journey north to Beamish in County Durham.

The transporter of Calkeld Heavy Haulage arriving in Blundell Street at 1330
Extending the low loader trailer to match the length of Standard 147
The depot fork lift truck pushing 147 up the rail ramp and onto the back of the low loader
717 returning from driver training, the last time that 147 and 717 will be seen together for several months
147 loaded on the trailer and being secured in position in readiness for transport
147 chained down on the low loader and ready to depart
Checking the overall height of the loaded tram and trailer before departure
The low loader of Calkeld Heavy Haulage threading its way between the overhead poles on Hopton Rd
Calkeld Heavy Haulage with 147 onboard, negotiating the turn from Hopton Road into Lytham Road
Standard 147 heading off down Lytham Road at the start of its long journey to Beamish Museum

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