Twin set 272+T2 has recently become the latest member of Blackpool Transport’s heritage tram fleet to visit the multi-million pound Starr Gate depot, duly becoming the first Twin car to do so. The pair were seen standing over one of the maintenance pits last week, and have since been shunted around the complex.
272+T2 were notable for their absence over the August Bank Holiday weekend due to a defect, and have also failed to appear on illumination tour duty thus far in 2013. However, it is hoped that the faults which confined them to the depot have now been rectified, and they could well make a useful addition to the pool of available enclosed heritage cars for use during the autumn illuminations season. Despite its popularity with tram enthusiasts, the Twin set has only run twice on the heritage service so far this year; presumably the requirement for a crew of three makes it a less appealing choice for use.
Meanwhile, back at Rigby Road, it is believed that stored Twin car 675+685 has spent some time in the Electrical Compound recently following its static appearance at the August ‘Extramaganza’ event, although the reason behind this move is unknown. Whilst many people will no doubt hope that this will signal a return to service for the duo, another suggestion is that it may be robbed of some parts to assist with the repairs to its sister unit, as a short-term measure to get the other Twin car back on the road as quickly as possible.