Although we are not currently able to run trams, our conservation workshop team are never short of work to do, with numerous projects going on.

The restoration of LCC No.1 ‘Bluebird’ continues well, with the latest development being the application of the 1930s slogans on the upper sides of the tram by our signwriter, Trevor.

LCC No.1 with signwriting in progress (photo by Ian Ross)

Meanwhile, Blackpool ‘Balcony’ 40 entered the workshop last November for a lift, inspection and truck overhaul, which is progressing well. The opportunity has also been taken to refresh the paintwork, with the livery being tweaked slightly to make it more authentic to when it was built in 1926.

Over the last few weeks, Matt (our coach painter) and Trevor (our signwriter) have been experimenting to get the correct colour and finish for the waist panel, including using their skills to create a wood grain effect. Based on our research, we have restored the colour of this panel to a much darker finish than it has been during the last few years.

Blackpool 40 in the workshop: Matt & Trevor applying the wood grain effect to the waist panel.

Both the mechanical work and repainting is progressing well, and we look forward to Blackpool 40 being back in service soon!


Blackpool 40 alongside LCC No.1 in the workshop, with MET 331 also close by .


Crich Tramway Village is a brand name for the National Tramway Museum (Accredited with Arts Council England), solely owned and operated by The Tramway Museum Society, incorporated in England with liability by guarantee (no. 744229). Registered charity number 313615. Our ICO number is Z6700136.

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