Some unusual and fantastic scenes were created earlier this week at the Heaton Park Tramway’s new Lakeside terminus, when a large shunting opportunity created an impromptu photo opportunity featuring an incredible six trams! The movements saw several operational cars appear, along with recent arrivals Manchester 173 and Blackpool Balloon car 702.
The shunting of trams on Tuesday 27th May left Lakeside Depot completely devoid of trams for a short period, with car 702 being dragged from the back of the shed into the daylight. Also making a rare outdoor appearance was the stunning Manchester 173 which had its protective sheeting, normally used to shield the open top deck from the depot pigeons, removed so that it could be inspected by some of the volunteers on site. This tram and fellow open topper Stockport 5 made a particularly fine sight, with Blackpool works car 1 in front of the duo to complete an impressive line of four-wheelers. Completing the spectacle, both of the regular service trams, Blackpool Vanguard 619 and Brush Railcoach 623, also joined in with the fun. With the new depot now virtually completed, sights like this will hopefully become more common at Heaton Park and these mouthwatering scenes open up many exciting possibilities for various line-ups at future special events there.
The same day also witnessed the removal of the two large storage containers which have stood on the siding at the old Lakeside terminus. With most of the construction works at the nearby depot now completed, the containers are no longer required and were removed during this day, being taken away for scrap. Although obviously very useful, they were considered an eyesore by many and their disappearance will make this part of the line much more attractive again.