Blackpool Corporation No. 167

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Blackpool 167

Photo: Jim Dignan

Blackpool 167 was built in 1928 as a successor to the by-then antiquated Fleetwood ‘Box cars’ with their wooden seats and poor ventilation (see Blackpool and Fleetwood number 40) and the even older Blackpool and Fleetwood racks with their bench seats and open sides (see B&F number 2). Blackpool Corporation’s decision to replace some of its older rolling stock was largely prompted by complaints from ‘through’ passengers who had transferred from the rather more comfortable and up-market Lytham Pullman cars at the Gynn.

Blackpool Corporation’s response was to order its own small fleet of ten ‘Pullman’-standard cars at a cost of £2,000 each from Preston-based English Electric Company. These tramcars offered a much higher level of accommodation for both passengers – who now enjoyed upholstered seating – and also crew – who benefited from the more modern looking fully-enclosed vestibule.

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167, North Station. H. Nicol, circa 1930.

Specification

Type of tram
Single deck all-enclosed bogie electric tramcar
Livery
Green and cream
Seating capacity
48
Date built
1928
Manufacturer of body
English Electric.
Manufacturer of truck
Preston McGuire equal wheel bogies
Gauge
4’ 8½”
Motor
2x 30 hp BTH B265C (originally 2x 50 hp GEC WT28L)
Controller
BTH B510A
Current collector
Trolley Pole with fixed head
Modification

1933 – pantograph replaced by trolley poles; folding doors and larger metal windscreens installed and appearance of destination boxes modified by the addition of curved mouldings.
1934 – original red and white livery replaced by green and ivory.
1936 – rebuilt platforms, improved windscreens, fitted platform doors and more streamlined destination indictor box. They were given a cream railcoach-style livery at this time.
1945 – repainted in (current) wartime green livery with cream vee flare

Withdrawn from service

Withdrawn from passenger service in July 1953 and became an engineering car the following year.
1954 – original 50hp motor replaced by a less powerful 35hp one. Repainted in plain green livery in 1957. Finally withdrawn on 17th May 1962.

Subsequent history

Used as engineering car until 1962, when it was donated to the Tramway Museum at Crich. In travelling to Crich, it became the first tramcar to use a motorway (the M62).
In 1990 it conveyed passengers along 500m of track at the Gateshead Garden Festival.

Restoration history

1983-5 – restored in Bolton to original 1950s condition in time to take part in Blackpool’s centenary celebrations of 1985

Current status
Restored to operational condition. Commissioned for service as part of the operational fleet during the current season.
Date started operating at Crich
1985
Total mileage covered at Crich
24,732
Current location
Depots
Timeline
  • 1928 – 1953Operational on original tramway
  • 1954 – 1962Operated as engineering car on original tramway
  • 1962 – 1983On display
  • 1983 – 1985Under restoration
  • 1985 –Operational at Crich and elsewhere apart from two brief periods while undergoing repairs

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.