Picture in Time: Nottingham Express Transit 201

Into the East Midlands for this edition of Picture in Time as we take another look at Nottingham Express Transit with the first Incentro tram, 201, featured.

Although the first numbered tram in the 15 strong fleet of Bombardier built trams, 201 wasn’t actually the first to be delivered to the new Wilkinson Street Depot with that honour falling to 202 (October 2002) but it soon arrived in Nottingham and started the process of being commissioned for service ahead of the network opening to the public in March 2004. Although initially delivered in the then standard fleet livery 201 quickly received an all over advert for Powergen and over the years has carried a number of non-standard liveries.

We catch up with 201 in its second advert for Powergen at Station Street showing to good effect the layout at the terminus with a two track terminus. The date is 29th August 2007.

And we also see a close-up of the name sticker on the same date. All of the original Incentro’s were named after local figures – both current and historical – during 2004 with 201 being named after ice dancers Torvill and Dean who came from the local area.

Both Photographs by Malcolm Storey

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