Saturday 30 July 2022

Another Blackpool Tram For EATM

The East Anglia Transport Museum had an interesting arrival yesterday morning. Namely Blackpool Corporation 'Brush' single deck tramcar no.290.

The 1937 built car was acquired from the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust following that organisations abandoning plans to create a museum in Fleetwood and they are seeking homes for the trams in their collection.

Although modernised in various ways in the 1960's it still retains its streamlined appearance. and makes an interesting comparison with Blackpool 'Vambac' no.11 already in the fleet at the museum. Electrically and mechanically no.290 is a much simpler car than no.11 and therefore easier to maintain and operate. It is intended to superficially modify the car to accept wheelchairs and thus become the specialised 'disability tram in the museums fleet.

Having been out of use for a number of years the tram requires some attention before entering into service at the museum.

My thanks to Tim Major for the information and photos.


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