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Last Updated Sunday 9th November 2008

This page details the nominees and winner of the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2005. To return to the index of the Tram of the Year contest click here.

And the Winner Is...

Which tram has done enough to earn the accolade for 2004?
Blackpool Frigate 736 (9)
NET 203 (9)
Blackpool Toastrack 166 (5)
Blackpool Boat 600 (5)

Total of votes: 28

The 2004 contest has seen a tie! Blackpool Illuminated Frigate 736 and Nottingham Express Transit 203 each get 9 votes and as such they both have won the title! Thanks to everyone who voted and lets look forward to see which trams are going to be up for the award in 2005! Last year the inaugural award was won by Leeds 602 which had been the star of the Crich Tramway Village Tramathon. For full details of all of last years contest click here.

The Nominees

Blackpool Toastrack 166

166 has spent a number of years since the late 1990s out of service at Crich due to a defect. However, 2004 saw a new fund set up by the Tramcar Support Organisation and Fylde Tramway Society to help Blackpool tram projects at the Crich Tramway Village and this was the first such project of that. After extensive work the tram was readied for a relaunch at the Enthusiasts Day in September. Despite the inclement weather on the day the tram proved to be a success and has performed on the odd occasion since faultlessly.

Final Position: Joint Third

Blackpool Boat 600

This is the one nomination that really caused a lot of problematic thinking. There were three major possibilities for the fourth and final nomination, 600, Balloon 700 and Open Top Balloon 706. All of them were of course stars at the 70th Anniversary Celebrations at the start of September in Blackpool and all have been key servants for the Blackpool Tramway in all those years. 700 was a big contender as it had also performed a lot on the Fleetwood service earlier in 2004 as it had high intensity headlights. However 600 got the final nod for a varity of reasons. Firstly, it is looking likely that the tram is to be stored for 2005 with the huge downsizing of the tram fleet. Secondly, I like the Boats! Finally, (and another really selfish reason!) I was on 600 as it was running on the Prom on 11 September on specials after the procession. The heavans absolutely opened and the tram was terminated short at Manchester Square and went to depot. Little did I know then that that was its final journey. I knew there was a reason I got absolutely soaked!

Final Position: Joint Third

Blackpool Illuminated Frigate 736

This tram was always going to be popular amongst people for the 2004 award as it re-entered service following a major overhaul and rebuild. The tram last ran in 2001 when it had to be withdrawn due to safety concerns but throughout 2003 and 2004 the tram underwent major attention in the Blackpool workshops to return it to service. The tram now looks marvellous with some extra special touches such as a helicopter on the roof. It was officially launched on the evening of 11 September (in the pouring rain!) with a special ceremony outside Blackpool Transport Services Limited offices.

Final Position: Joint Winner!

Nottingham Express Transit 203

For the second year in succession Nottingham provides the only second generation tram on the list. 203 was another tram which was going to be very close to getting on the shortlist as it ran the very first tram in public service on NET. 203 operated the 0558 Phoenix Park to Station Street service on 9 March and will always be remebered for that. Sister 202 was also considered for the shortlist because it was renamed Pudsey and helped to raise 1500 for Children in Need in November but 203 pipped it to the post.

Final Position: Joint Winner!

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