Friday, 26 February 2016

Brush Car 634 returns home

Brush Car 634 on the back of Calkeld Heavy Haulage's low loader on Lytham Road in Blackpool
Brush Car 634 returned home to Blackpool on 26th February after six years in exile. 634 was purchased from Blackpool Transport in 2009 by Andy Ashton for private preservation, the tram was in outside storage for several years at Rushden, where Andy and his daughters spent a lot of time restoring both the outside and particularly the inside of the tram into its current excellent condition. Latterly 634 has been a resident at the North East Land, Sea and Air Museum at Sunderland for a couple of years, from where it began its journey back to Blackpool on 25th February. Andy has kindly agree to donate 634 to the Blackpool Heritage Trust, so that ultimately the tram can become part of the active heritage fleet, and once again operate on its home rails along the Promenade.

Unloading the trolley tower from the trailer with the depot fork lift truck
634 being lowered down the rail ramp off Calkeld Heavy Haulage's low loader by an electric winch
634 being lowered down the rail ramp off Calkeld Heavy Haulage's low loader by an electric winch
634 being pulled along Blundell Street by the depot fork lift truck
A view showing the tremendous amount of work that Andy and his daughters have done on the interior
Saloon clocks have been refitted to both ends of the tram above the cab doors
A brass plaque commemorating the work that Andy and his daughters have done on 634
Brush Car 634 being towed along Blundell Street by Unimog 939
Brush Car 634 being towed out of Blundell Street by Unimog 939
Brush Car 634 being shunted along Hopton Road into Rigby Road depot by Unimog 939

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