When the Blackpool Tramway fleet started to be sold around the country one of the most surprising purchases saw Blackpool Balloon 716 head north to Perth in Scotland where it was planned to be used as an office by Ptarmigan Transport Solutions Limited. But now over three years since it made the journey north its future is in huge doubt after Ptarmigan Transport Solutions Limited went into liquidation in mid November 2013.
716 had been transported to Perth in July 2010 where the owners of the company had planned to convert the vehicle into an office including desks but the project had stalled as Ptarmigan had other commitments which took precedence. Whilst it has sat outside Ptarmigan’s Head Office a few broken windows have been replaced (although at least one corner window remains missing) and external side adverts applied. Apart from that it has remained much as it was when it left Blackpool but now all that could be about to change.
The Interim Liquidators have put the tram urgently up for sale and are seeking to find a buyer within the next few days, otherwise the tram is likely to be sent for scrap. The urgency of the situation cannot be underestimated as if it is not removed from the Perth site within the next few days the Liquidators will dispense with it in other ways. Anyone interested in saving this tram are asked to contact Dale Robertson on 07759 776381.