We’ve already announced that the Birkenhead heritage tramway will be playing host to a special event on Saturday 16th September, marking 60 years since the closure of the Liverpool tram system. So far details on what will actually happen on that day have been fairly vague, but more is gradually being released into the public domain including one potentially juicy nugget of information!
It has been revealed that the anniversary event will include a staged photo opportunity which will aim to recreate a scene from days gone by. This will feature some classic 1930’s Liverpool buses and possibly some other vehicles, and most importantly, ‘a minimum of three original Liverpool trams’. This wording is very interesting as the Birkenhead tramway is presently home to three trams from the system – horse car 43, ‘Baby Grand’ 245 and Priestley bogie car 762. The only other survivors from Liverpool’s tramway are ‘Baby Grand’ 293, which is stored at Seashore Museum in the USA in a dilapidated condition, and ‘Green Goddess’ 869 which has been superbly restored to running order at the National Tramway Museum, Crich. If either of these trams were to join the three cars already at Birkenhead, that would be a monumental achievement for the event organisers and surely an early contender for the top tram event of the year!
Whilst it is tempting to speculate about what may happen, it looks like the Liverpool’s Last Tram event will be a very good event and with a procession of original Liverpool buses and trams, the aforementioned photo opportunity and more besides planned, it is to be hoped that the event will be well supported by enthusiasts and those with a general interest in that area’s social history. One unfortunate aspect is that it looks like the anniversary commemoration will clash with the annual enthusiasts’ ‘Tram Day’ at Crich, which will surely dent the potential attendance figures for both attractions.