Following the successful completion of negotiations between the Blackpool Heritage Trust, and Robert Mortimer – the owner of the surviving lower saloon of 1924 built Lytham St. Annes ‘Pullman’ tramcar 43, we are pleased to announce that Lytham 43 will be moving to secure storage at Rigby Road tram depot during January!
Tramcar 43 is the only electric tramcar known to have survived from the Lytham St. Annes fleet, and is a significant ‘missing piece’ in the jigsaw of Blackpool’s rich and varied tramway history. Lytham’s trams were regular performers over the Blackpool tramway as far north as Gynn Square until the closure of the system in 1937, but sadly no examples were to survive intact for the benefit of future generations. However, the lower saloon of 43 had managed to survive against all odds, and salvation for the venerable tramcar came from Robert Mortimer who stepped in to prevent possible destruction of the remains and then set about the painstaking process of reconstruction. By 2014, the parts were starting to look like a tram once more, and following communication between Robert, and Bryan Lindop of the Blackpool Heritage Trust, it was agreed that 43 could move to Rigby Road once the lower saloon had neared completion, to allow the BHT to begin fund raising to allow for a future restoration.
Now we are at that stage, and 43 is set to join the other heritage tramcars at the historic Rigby Road depot to await its place in the queue for restoration. Once completed, this will produce a unique and stunning show piece, which will be available to be enjoyed by all on the famous Blackpool tramway – along which it once operated!
The Blackpool Heritage Trust would like to extend thanks to Robert for his generosity in placing Lytham 43 on long term loan, and appreciation for his outstanding dedication and superb workmanship which has brought the tram up to a condition suitable for consideration for a future full restoration.