In Pictures: Midland Metro 11 goes retro

As previously reported on British Trams Online Midland Metro have become the latest transport undertaking in the UK to go all retro with the painting of 11 in a representation of Birmingham Corporation Tramways livery. The tram was officially launched at Birmingham Snow Hill on Friday 23rd August with Theresa Stewart, who the tram is named after, on hand to do the honours.

The tram has been repainted to mark the 60th anniversary of the closure of Birmingham’s original tram system and follows on from Stagecoach Supertram in painting one of their vehicles in an old tram livery. This becomes only the second livery that 11 has carried since it was introduced in 1999.

We are grateful to those who have sent photos to us of the tram which are provided below. In addition you can find extra photos from Midland Metro driver Pete Buckingham on Flickr at which includes some shots of the tram during the repainting.

11 at Birmingham Snow Hill waits departure on 24th August. (Photo: Michael Averill)

11 at Wednesbury Parkway on 24th August. (Photo: Michael Averill)

11 stands at Wolverhampton St George's between journeys. (Photo: Ken Jones)

A close-up of the Birmingham Corporation Transport crest on the side of 11. (Photo: Ken Jones)

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7 Responses to In Pictures: Midland Metro 11 goes retro

  1. paul says:

    Great new fleet colours beats the silver and purple colours my a mule

  2. Clifford Stead says:

    Superb! Paint the whole fleet like this, really beats the ghastly liveries used on these trams to date. To the livery purists, this shade of blue is the shade used by West Midlands from 1970, Birmingham used a very dark “Prussian Blue” almost black. The same error of shade was used on the Sheffield recreation too.

    • Paul says:

      NE painted the old MCW double deckers some years back in various old liveries, Birmingham, Wolverhampton,Walsall, West Bromwich was used.

  3. Nigel Pennick says:

    An interesting re-livery, very American style numbering.

  4. That’s WMPTE livery and not the old Birmingham livery.

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