TRAM 643

TRAM 643 RESTORATION TIMELINE

  • The Trust at present has no specific plans for the tram’s display.

  • Number 643 represents an interesting opportunity as a unique information point/box office/refreshment stand or similar use.

THE HISTORY OF TRAM 643

  • Number 643 was built in 1986 as one of a total of eight similar one man operated trams destined to become the last design of all-British trams by East Lancashire Coachworks 

  • It was known as a ‘Centenary Car’ along with the other members of this class 

  • Blackpool Transport’s workshops at Rigby Road carried out mid-life overhauls of the class from 1999 and in so doing made adjustments to the driver’s cab windows and roof 

  • Number 643 was altered to a modified appearance along with sister car 646 

  • It operated in regular service up to November 2011 when it was sold to the Partington Family - Owners of two leading holiday home parks in the Fylde 

  • 643 was transferred to the park at Broadwater, Fleetwood and repainted in the former cream and green colours of Blackpool’s transport system.  It was also fitted internally with a small kitchen at one end and back to back seats with tables - for use as a cafe 

  • The family donated 643 to the Trust in 2014 in order to free space for commercial use, it was then transported to storage at Wyre Dock, Fleetwood