On Saturday 15th February, Liverpool 245 undertook a succesful day of test running on the Birkenhead heritage tramway. This follows some further remedial work to try and rectify problems which had been experienced with the tram following its initial testing after a major restoration, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
245‘s latest woes involved the compressor governor which had been causing some issues, and even after being refurbished in the new year, the same fault arose twice more. However, this now seems to have been resolved, and hopefully – so long as no further hurdles arise – the tram can now settle down into a regular pattern of test running. Once a set mileage has been accumulated, the car can be released into passenger service and its hugely anticipated launch event (originally planned for July last year) can be held. Wisely, the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society have decided not to announce a revised launch date as yet, although hopefully this will be forthcoming shortly.
In the meantime, we are delighted to publish some more stunning pictures of the beautifully restored Liverpool ‘Baby Grand’ streamliner out on test on 15th February, courtesy of MTPS member and volunteer John Hewitt.