Brush Car 621 returns to service

September 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

621 at Bispham621 at BisphamIn the only 15 minutes of sunshine of the day, the fantastic looking Brush Car 621 in 1950's green and cream livery pauses at Bispham en-route to Pleasure Beach 23.9.17 In November 2004, Brush Car 621 was mothballed along with most of her sister cars as part of a general reduction in the size of the fleet.   After a period in store, 621 was purchased by the Fleetwood Heritage Transport Trust and moved into further storage at Kirkham Prison.   621 was then purchased by a group of enthusiasts and donated to Beamish Museum in Northumberland, arriving in 2014.   Beamish had planned to restore the tram as 284 in the original 1930's style, however a change in policy left the tram surplus to requirements and 621 found its self heading home to Blackpool after the tram was donated back to the Blackpool Heritage Tramway Trust.   621 arrived back in Blackpool in December 2016.

With the 80th Anniversary of the Brush Cars being celebrated during 2017, 'Trams Magazine' sponsored the work required to return 621 back to service in time for the 132nd anniversary weekend.   Fortunately 621 was still in reasonable condition despite 13 years out of service, however it did require a re panel and some electrical work, including the fitting of a transponder.   The tram was repainted into the 1950's livery and made its debut back on the prom on 22nd September.   621 performed faultlessly all weekend.

621 looks absolutely fantastic and all credit goes to the workshop team at Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours for the excellent job they have done on 621. 

602, 605, 621 and 708 at Rigby Road602, 605, 621 and 708 at Rigby RoadBoats 602, 605 and withdrawn Brush Car 621 and withdrawn Balloon 708 stabled in Rigby Road Depot 26.9.10 621 at Rigby Road621 at Rigby RoadBrush Car 621 seen in the Electrical Compound at Rigby Road (photo taken through the fence) 29.4.17 621's panels621's panelssome of Brush car 621's old body side panels 24.9.17 621 and 623 at Bispham621 and 623 at BisphamBrush Car 621 heads south with a heritage service to North Pier while 623 prepares to pull forward into the centre track at Bispham 24.9.17
621 Stored behind Boats 602 and 605 26th September 2010 621 in the electrical Compound 30.4.17 Old panels from 621 with part of it's old Hot Ice advert  in the Fitting Shop 24.9.17 621 and 623 pass at Bispham 24.9.17

 


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