In Pictures: Lanarkshire 53 in action at Summerlee

Over the weekend of 10th and 11th August the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life held a Steam Fair with plenty of traction engines and small steam vehicles attending. Of course, Summerlee is also the home to Scotland’s only heritage tramway which runs the length of the museum site for around about a quarter of a mile and with fine weather on Saturday 10th August Lanarkshire 53 was the allocated tram.

If you visit Summerlee during the week you are more than likely to see Dusseldorf 392 or Glasgow 1017 in service as the trams are crewed by paid staff but in fine weather at weekends Lanarkshire 53 is more often pressed into service with volunteers on hand to provide a conductor to ensure everyone is safe on board the open topper. And so it was on 10th August as seen in the below photos.

Lanarkshire 53 waits at the mine/cottage terminus of the line.

The lower deck interior of 53.

53 with a traction engine passing and the tram driver wondering where to put the baby buggy!

53 leaves the entrance with most passengers preparing an open top tram ride to staying inside. (All Photographs by Trevor Hall, 10th August 2019)

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