The new home of Blackpool Centenary car 643 has now been revealed, with the tram arriving at Brooke School in Rugby, which will presumably be its final destination. The tram has been undergoing an interior refurbishment at a railway maintenance facility in the Midlands for the last few months, having been sold on by its previous custodians, the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust.
643 has of course gone through more than its share of ownership changes since it last operated on Blackpool tracks in November 2011, having briefly been used as a static cafe by the Broadwater Caravan Park where it acquired a very smart cream and green livery inspired by the original 1950s Coronation car livery. The tram has now been repainted in a similar livery, but featuring more green than before, including the slightly bizarre addition of green end ‘V’ shapes on its dash panels, in 1930s Railcoach style!
The tram has now moved to the Rugby school where it will be used as a classroom at the newly created beach school for young people with learning disabilities. There, it joins other unusual facilities including a large working school farm and a bushcraft area. The project has been financially supported by Tesco, and the tram’s arrival will be celebrated with a special welcoming event on Saturday 15th October, with representatives of the various organisations involved in its acquisition and refurbishment present.
More details and a picture of 643‘s latest look can be seen at http://www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/news/education/blackpool-tram-brings-seaside-magic-to-rugby-beach-1-7630103?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter