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Rest Home for 645

Two Centenary cars are at rest in the Fylde - having been acquired by private owners at the great cull of Blackpool trams in 2010/2011. A third of course (641) remains with the FHLT and is a constant feature of interest at the Pleasure Beach tram loop despite its now dated material for Blackpool Football Club. The Trust are in talks with a potential sponsor for a new makeover of this car in 2017.

Elsewhere tucked away next to a building at Farmer Parr's visitor attraction close to Broadwater and the A585 is Centenary car 644 which carried advertising for the venue in its later years of operation before withdrawal. Slightly further inland at 'Windy Harbour' Caravan Park off the A585 (again) is the singular rebuilt 643 with its flat front and angular features. Again purely as a static 'exhibit' the tram was to provide a cenre piece for younger visitors but would seem to have been little used in this context.

Now looking somewhat worn through its external exposure and despite the graffiti painting which adorns the sides - the tram remains very much at rest for the forseeable future. Given the plans of the FHLT for a scheme at Wyre Dock, there may be a new role for 645 subject of course to the current Owners intentions. Our intrepid Trustee Colin MacLeod ventured out to the remoter reaches of the Fylde this week to record this solitary exile for the Blog. Both Images : Colin MacLeod

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