Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway 7 is to make its first public appearance of 2023 with it due to be on display at the Llandudno Transport Festival this coming Bank Holiday weekend. For the first time in several years the tram can be found on the main festival site at Bodafon Fields with the parade through the streets of the town not taking place this year.
7 – a former runner-up in the British Trams Online Tram of the Year contest – was created from the body of Bournemouth 126 which was discovered in the early 1980s. Although not one of the Bournemouth cars which did transfer to North Wales as many did it was good enough to form the basis of the replica tramcar – with volunteers from the Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Tramway Society completing the work which was finished in 2007.
After that the tram was a regular performer on the local transport rally circuit and it even made it as far as the Wirral Bus and Tram. More recently its been out of the public eye as it had to undergo maintenance but it was put on display again at the end of 2022 and now its time to be out and about once more.
On Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May it will be on display at the Transport Festival on Bodafon Fields – where trams used to run before the tramway was abandoned in 1956. It will joined by the ex-Crosville bus for the first time, which will include the working tramway layout donated to the society a couple of years ago.
- Details of the Llandudno Transport Festival can be found at http://llantransfest.co.uk/