Burton & Ashby 14’s new home revealed

It has been confirmed that the recently repatriated Burton & Ashby 14 has now arrived at a new home close to its original home system. The tramcar is now based at the Statford Barn Railway, just sixteen miles away from Burton itself, as revealed by the local press. Although the site is not normally open to the general public a small number of open days will allow interested enthusiasts to see the tram, the first such event of 2015 falling on 28th March.

The Burton Mail has revealed that plans are already being discussed for the future of car 14 with the ultimate intention being to operate it on a suitable length of track at the railway where it now resides. This would certainly be a huge turnaround in the fortunes of a tram which has been stored out of use since 2003, when the heritage line in Detroit on which it formerly ran was closed down for good. The tram will require an overhaul before this can happen, although initial assessment seems to suggest that its condition is actually better than was originally thought, which should help make this a more achievable goal. Early estimates suggest that this work would take about one year to complete.

Please note that the Statford Barn Railway is a closed access site and that visitors are only allowed on advertised open days, for which advance tickets must be purchased.

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3 Responses to Burton & Ashby 14’s new home revealed

  1. Geoff, Isle of Man says:

    To assist those looking for the Railway’s website, note that its name is ‘Statfold’ rather than ‘Statford’.

  2. Having been one of the three “enthusiasts” who inspected, photographed and reported back to the representatives of Graham Lee in the UK, I have known 14 was headed to Statfold since November 5th. At the November 1st meeting at the National Brewery Museum in Burton on Trent, the 17 individuals present voted to support the proposal by arepresentative of the Statfold Barn Railway to completely fund the purchase and repatriation of 14 to the UK, at the request of both the National Railway Museum and the Beamish Industrial Museum. Mr Lee requested all involved remain silent until 14 was safe at Statfold, which we were happy to comply. As we witnessed in Detroit, the upper deck was not connected to the lost level. While the trolley pole was in the lower cabin, the vertical standard was gone. The upper level seats had all been removed, with most in one large pile on the upper deck. Some seats and floor panels were about a hundred feet away and were not part of the auction. MeLee had to negotiate for the later. All of the control handles, controller lids and other parts were missing. Statford has confirmed 14 was stripped of copper wire. 14 was reassembled while in temporary storage in Hamilton, Ontario. Alexander Pollock, former City of Detroit Planner, confirms the entire fleet of trolleys, including 14, were I’ll-maintained, poorly operated by some and suffered the long term effects. Alex chose not to bid on14, indicating its proper place was in the UK. Alex did purchase 247, the open sided (rack)tram, which will eventally again run at the Ashtenaw County Fairgrounds. Michael Washenko, Liz Patterson and myself (all of the Michigan Transit Museum) are go honored to have apart of this most successful effort. Congratulations.
    Gary J Michaels

  3. Voyager says:

    And there is even at least one original Burton & Ashby passenger who has taken an interest in 14’s return and is looking forward to seeing it again soon – remarkable considering that the line closed best part of 90 years ago!

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