THE HISTORY OF TRAM 627

  • The tram was built at Loughborough in 1937 by the Brush Engineering Company.

  • Originally numbered 290 as one of twenty trams numbered 284 to 303 which operated on the Fleetwood service from North Station (and other routes) up to 1963.  

  • Was the very last tram to operate from North Station to Fleetwood in October 1963

  • May form part of a special display feature in the new tram / train interchange development now in the planning stage by Blackpool Council.

TRAM 627 RESTORATION TIMELINE

  • 2010 - Purchased from BTS FOR 'Friends of Fleetwood Trams' by a Fleetwood company and now owned by Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust.  

  • 2012 - Transported to HM Prison Kirkham. Work started on repanelling the roof sections and generally repairing external parts on the tram in a project involving a small team of Offenders together with Colin MacLeod, Trustee 

  • June / July 2012 - Repainting of the tram with undercoat and top coat in special Diamond Jubilee livery designed by Blackpool Illuminations and the Trust. Illuminated fittings applied to the tram by Bpl Illuminations - at the prison. Windows given individual vinyl panels with designs produced by students at two Fwd High Schools and the B&FC School of Art. 

  • August 2012 - Diamond Jubilee Tram display for 2012 Illuminations

  • 2013 - Tram given new look with urban street art design by ‘Inkie’ for 2013 Illuminations.

  • 2014 - Tram renumbered 290 and repainted by Trustees in former Corporation Transport green/cream style of the 1960s.

TRAM 627