Tuesday 31 January 2017

Paisley 16

The lower saloon of former open-top tram 16 of Paisley District Tramways outside the fitting shop
During early December 2016 an old tram body appeared outside the fitting shop at Rigby Road depot. The new arrival is the lower saloon of open-top car 16, which was part of a batch of 40 trams built by the British Electric Car Company in 1904 for the newly electrified routes of Paisley District Tramways. 16 later became 1016 in the fleet of Glasgow Corporation Tramways, after the Paisley system was absorbed by the larger operator in 1923. The lower saloon, truck and various other equipment belonging to the tram have been acquired by the Blackpool Heritage Trust from the Scottish International Tramway Association, being transported from Glasgow to Blackpool on 3rd December last year. This tram is obviously going to be a very long term restoration project, given the number of other trams that are currently awaiting restoration at Rigby Road and the limited manpower available.

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