Monday 24 August 2020

Coronation 663 returns to Blackpool

Coronation 663 on its low loader in Lytham Road after arriving from Heywood

Blackpool Coronation 663 has returned from Riley & Son Locomotive Engineers in Heywood, near Bury, where it's been since 22nd August 2018. The work done at Riley's was a complete rebuild of the Maley & Taunton HS44 bogies, using many new components. Following completion of the bogie work, 663 was transported back to Blackpool on a low loader of Reid Freight Services of Stoke-on-Trent, using the same truck that moved the tram to Heywood in 2018. Coronation 663 was loaded onto the transporter at Heywood on the morning of Monday 24th August, on arrival at Blackpool around 1:30 pm the tram was unloaded and moved into the depot, with the aid of Engineering Car 754.

Reid's low loader reversing from Lytham Road into Hopton Road

Reid's Mercedes-Benz Arocs 4158 SLT and low loader reversing along Hopton Road

Reid's low loader manoeuvring into position in Blundell Street

Coronation 663 beginning to descend the unloading ramp

Coronation 663 half way down the unloading ramp

BTS Enviro 230 on staff bus duty passing Coronation 663 back on Blackpool rails

Engineering Car 754 leaving the tram depot to collect Coronation 663

Coronation 663 being pushed along Hopton Road by Engineering Car 754

Engineering Car 754 shunting Coronation 663 into Rigby Road tram depot

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