After a short spell in Blackpool’s Electrical Compound, Brush Railcoach 621 is now able to move around under its own power for the first time in several years. As reported previously, the tram is being restored to running order to mark the 80th anniversary of its class, with sponsorship from TRAMS magazine, and will regain its 1950s green and cream livery on completion of the current work.
621 only moved into the compound a few weeks ago but work has already progressed to the extent that it can now be driven around the depot area. It has been fitted with a pantograph and tower – although the tower will actually need to be repainted as it is green and to suit the chosen livery it will need to be changed to cream! After some essential checks, the car was driven from the Electrical Compound to the Fitting Shop on May 5th for work to continue. There, its bogies, brakes, resistors and sanding gear will be worked on whilst its traditional lifeguards will also be refitted. None of these jobs should be too extensive; indeed all early signs indicate that, despite not having run in passenger service since 2004, the car is in remarkably good condition and only an intermediate overhaul should be required. It is expected that this work will take roughly one month, and then 621 will move to the Body Shop where it will be re-panelled before receiving its fresh coat of paint. All of this positive news is a reminder of just durable these trams really are, and it is amazing to think that after many years of storage, this tram will soon to be fit to run again in return for a modest outlay.
Due to the sponsorship deal, photographs of 621 are generally being reserved for use by TRAMS magazine, but a special Facebook page has been set up to keep its fans informed of all major progress and this can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/BlackpoolBrushCar621/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED