TRAM 710

THE PLANS FOR TRAM 710

  • As the only ‘Balloon’ car retaining the short lived ‘Metro Coastline’ livery the Trust intends for 710 to retain this style when it is repainted for display

  • One end of the tram however is likely to be returned to the fleet livery used during the Coronation Street episode in which 710 played a prominent role.

THE HISTORY OF TRAM 710

  • Number 710 was built in 1934, an open top streamline double deck car then 247 in Blackpool’s original tram fleet

  • During the Second World War, this and the other twelve examples of the type, it was fully enclosed for extra all year capacity.

  • It remained in regular service following successive overhauls which included the installation of single indicator boxes at each end.

  • 710 ‘starred’ in the famous Coronation Street episode involving the demise of Alan Bradley - the tram involved in the ‘fatal accident’ during a chase sequence

  • In 2004 the tram was repainted in an experimental ‘Metro Coastlines’ colour scheme of purple and yellow. This became the subject of a model produced by Corgi.

  • Subsequently withdrawn in 2006 retaining its new colour scheme it was purchased by Frank Heald, of VoiteQ Ltd, for future display in Fleetwood

  • 710 was brought to Fleetwood as a special display on ‘Tram Sunday. Since been stored by the Trust at Wyre Dock.