Sunday, 4 September 2011

1914 'California' Manchester Tram 765


In service at the Beamish Living Museum on a very hot day in April 2011 was Tram 765, a 1914 built 'California' type Tram built for Manchester Corporation Tramways. It was built as a single deck tram for use on tramway routes where low bridges were present, and has open seating compartments at each end for smokers - which are also great for riding on the Tram in hot weather, as I found out. After the Trams were replaced by Motor Buses in 1930, Tram 765 went into storage, and in 1960 was rescued from West Yorkshire and was preserved and restored by the Manchester Transport Historical Collection. The Tram is owned by, and usually in operation at, the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester, where you can find more information and other photographs of their Tram collection

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