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Balloon 701 of 1934

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This tram was built by the English Electric Co., Preston, in September 1934 as one of a batch of 12 production open top double deck trams ordered following the success of a prototype example supplied in February 1934. The class…
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Balloon 704 of 1934

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Car 704 was built by the English Electric Co., Preston, in September 1934 as one of a batch of 12 production open top double deck trams ordered following the success of a prototype example supplied in February 1934. The class…
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Balloon 706 of 1934

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706 “Princess Alice” was built by the English Electric Co., Preston, in September 1934 as one of a batch of 12 production open top double deck trams ordered following the success of a prototype example supplied in February 1934. The class…
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Balloon 715 of 1935

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The iconic Balloon class is represented in its 1970 form by car 715. Built as 252 in January 1935 it joined the fleet from the new Rigby Road depot operating on Promenade and Lytham Road services. Introduced by Walter Luff,…
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Balloon 717 of 1935

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717 was built by the English Electric Co., Preston, in December 1934 as one of a batch of 14 similar double deck trams. They were the latest in the streamlined family introduced by General Manager Walter Luff as part of…
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Balloon 723 of 1935

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Car 723 was built by the English Electric Co., Preston, in 1935 as one of 14 enclosed ‘Balloons’. The class formed part of the streamlined family of 116 new trams introduced by General Manager Walter Luff between 1933 and 1939….
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English Electric Railcoach 279 of 1935

English Electric Railcoach 279 and Brush Railcoach 287 (or 259, or 624!) were displayed in the Fitting Shop, which today serves as our main heritage workshop. In the foreground are a pair of Balloon car bogies undergoing overhaul.

Car 279 was built in July 1935, and rebuilt in 1960. It was one of 20 single deck streamlined ‘Railcoaches’ (264 – 283) supplied by the English Electric, Preston. They formed part of General Manager Walter Luff’s five year modernisation…
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Brush Railcoach 287 of 1937

Brush 287 was partially stripped a few years ago to assess its condition for eventual restoration to original 1937 condition. The trolley tower in the foreground is from Coronation 663

Brush 287 was built in July 1937 as one of 20 single deck streamlined ‘Railcoaches’ (284 – 303) supplied by the Brush Electrical Engineering Co., Loughborough. They formed part of General Manager Walter Luff’s five year modernisation plan which saw…
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Brush Railcoach 631 of 1937

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This tram was built in August 1937 as one of 20 single deck streamlined ‘Railcoaches’ (284 – 303) supplied by the Brush Electrical Engineering Co., Loughborough. They formed part of General Manager Walter Luff’s five year modernisation plan which saw…
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Brush Railcoach 632 of 1937

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Brush 632 (originally 295) was built in August 1937 as one of 20 single deck streamlined ‘Railcoaches’ (284 – 303) supplied by the Brush Electrical Engineering Co., Loughborough. They formed part of General Manager Walter Luff’s five year modernisation plan…
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