Since the launch of Liverpool 245 into passenger service last September, members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society have turned their attentions to Wallasey 78 which has been lifted from its truck for an overhaul. Unfortunately, this has revealed a few unforseen problems which have pushed up the costs of getting this tram back into running order.
It had been planned to re-tyre 78, but cracks in its wheel spokes have been discovered. An expert contractor will now be repairing these as well as carrying out the previously planned work. In addition, the car’s two motors have also been removed and sent away to be re-wound. In all, the cost of the work is now expected to exceed £20,000 which is obviously an unwelcome blow to the MTPS’ finances. The work on the car’s wheelsets is expected to take several months, suggesting that it will be out of action for much of 2016, but at least this investment should ensure that it remains fit for use for many more years to come.