Earlier this week we reported on how the Fylde Transport Trust’s Blackpool Brush Car 634 was on its way to the East Anglia Transport Museum but if that excitement wasn’t enough it can also be reported that they have a second delivery to the museum this week. That delivery is of the lower deck of Glasgow 488 with it now being reunited with its upper deck.
Glasgow 488 has been back in the UK for 10 years now having been repatriated from France in March 2013 having originally headed across the English Channel in November 1961. Upon arriving back in the UK the two decks of the tram were transported to the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales where it was intended to complete the restoration of 488. Plans changed and so the two decks of the tram were moved across the UK to Suffolk – the lower deck was moved in August 2021 (off site storage) and it was followed in March 2022 by the upper deck which has been on site at the East Anglia Transport Museum for a while.
The lower deck and upper deck and now back in the same location for the first time in over two years but remain separate entities for now. Both are currently stored in the West Tram Depot (the newer structure which has been built as part of the expansion of the museum) where they can call Blackpool Brush Cars 290 and 625, Balloon 726 and Amsterdam 474 (which has been moved there for the first time) stablemates.
Blackpool Brush 634 is currently stabled at the original tram depot where it has already had attention since arriving in Suffolk on Tuesday 14th November. The lighting circuits have been tested along with the compressor circuit and all, so far, seems to have gone well.