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  • Writer's pictureJohn Woodman

Lytham Dock to Wyre Dock

Tobias Morris - Legal Counsel of Helical Technologies takes an obligatory photo call by one of the Trust's collection at Wyre Dock on his visit to Fleetwood this week.

Helical Technologies on Dock Street, Lytham are owners of a remarkable collection of transport vehicles, steam engines and heritage artifacts. Their property once hosted a working narrow gauge steam railway with extensive trackage, much of which still exists. The collection is currently stored on their premises but not accessible to the public and active plans for a new purpose built exhibition centre (and working narrow gauge line) are expected to be approved during 2018/19. Producing high technology equipment used by the automotive, aerospace and other transport sectors, the company has operations in India and China as well as its expanding presence in Lytham.

A full size former GWR locomotive (4979) which resided at one time on Dock Street, Lytham next to the company's property. It has since moved on to a permanent home elsewhere. The author is admiring this unusual visitor to Lytham some years back.

Discussions with Wyre Dock Development include joint marketing of the two transport collections and venues extending to possible leisure cruises around the Fylde coastline from Lytham to Fleetwood in season. The company's steam train line being featured along with the Wyre Dock tourist tramway in a complimenting heritage transport joint attraction. Below : Another tram another pose....

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