We’ve reported a lot over the past few weeks about the restorations at Crich coming toward an end and now we get the chance to look around the Workshops just to see what progress has been made on the three major projects at the moment – London Transport 1622, Newcastle 102 and London County Council 1. As well as those three trams we also see a tram being shunted towards the Workshop for a hoped for commissioning although in the event it has ended up being sidelined. Peter Whiteley provides us with these images.
The Workshops at Crich are always a hive of activity and throughout the pandemic and revised working practices they have been busy with three major projects. London Transport 1622 has gone through a major overhaul – one of those jobs which ended up being bigger than at first anticipated – and as we saw recently it has undergone its first test run on the mainline in preparation for full commissioning and testing ahead of a return to service later this year.
Newcastle 102 has been in the Workshops for nearly three years now undergoing another major overhaul – supported by the Tramcar Sponsorship Organisation – and it is hoped that this may also be completed in 2021.
The final tram in the Workshops is London County Council 1 – “Bluebird” – which is under restoration so that it can run in service at Crich for the first time. The work on this tram is also now at an advanced stage although it will be the last of the three to return to action.
As well as these major projects the Workshop team have been busy commissioning the initially much reduced operating fleet for 2021. We have seen in previous articles those trams which have already entered service this year and it was hoped that Blackpool Jubilee 762 – with its Nickelodeon Land advert still in place – would be able to join them. However, when it was moved to the Workshop a motor armature issue – which has been under observation for a while – was found to have deteriorated to an extent where the decision was made to withdraw the tram from service to prevent any further damage.
The Workshops will remain busy over the coming months with not the only three major projects mentioned above but in due course Blackpool Standard 40 will be lifted to enable this to be returned to service in the future. It is likely to enter the Workshop once Newcastle 102 is mobile once more.