The restoration of Glasgow 1245 – a 1937 built Coronation car and reputed to be the last tram in Glasgow – is continuing at Summerlee with recent progress seeing the completion of the restoration of the tram’s motors.
1245 arrived at Summerlee – which let’s not forget is Scotland’s only heritage tramway and up until last year was the only operating tramway north of the border – in 2003 and after a period of storage restoration of the tram commenced during 2012. The tram was split into three main components in 2013 (upper deck, lower deck and bogies) and since this time good progress has been made on the extensive restoration of a tram which has not turned a wheel in anger for many decades.
1245’s 4 x 35HP 600v motors have now been restored and extensive work has also been completed on the two bogies. Extensive repairs have also been completed on the chassis and work is also being progressed on the refurbishment of the lower deck.
A modern controller is now required for the tram and the Summerlee Transport Group have recently been in contact with Wabtec (as a supplier) and Blackpool Transport (to view their heritage fleet of converted thyristor controlled trams) to progress further with this stage of the restoration.
The restoration of 1245 is still very much a long-term project but the small Summerlee Transport Group are making good progress so far with the work and are now seeking further support with funding to complete the work.
The tramway at the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life operates on 361 days a year (only being closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and 2nd January) with one tram normally running. This is taken from the operational fleet of Lanarkshire 53, Dusseldorf 392 and Glasgow 1017 with the German tram being an access tram for disabled visitors. If you are ever in the area why not pay a visit to this hidden UK tramway gem.
* A Facebook page has been created detailing the restoration of 1245 and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/glasgowslasttram.