Sunday, 30 January 2011

A Peek in the Tram Sheds

10 October 1981. A nice man did something that no one would do today. He allowed me to go into the tram sheds on Rigby Road Blackpool for a look round and to take some photographs for an article I was writing for The Lancashire Magazine.

"Just mind those inspection pits - we don't want to have to fish you out..." he said. By heck, they were daring days...

The first thing that caught my eye were the two battered and ancient trams in the corner that were then serving as engineering cars.

These Blackpool Standard trams dated from the 1920s and whilst this may not have been the best way to see them, at least they had been saved from the scrapyard!

The 1934 open air trams replaced the earlier open-sided Toastracks and became known as Boats due to their streamlined bow.

No automated washing in those days! A one-man-operated tram gets a wash and brush up from two workers at the depot.

Oops! Crashes between trams have always been rare occurrences. The worst occurred when a tram was unexpectedly diverted by the points at a loop into the path of an oncoming tram.

Large versions of the photos: engineering cars, boats, tram wash, damage

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