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

Working to conserve for display, trams and artefacts of the longstanding coastal tramway serving Blackpool, Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

 

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