Blackpool Transport Services No. 630

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Blackpool 630

Photo: Jim Dignan

Blackpool 630 is a tram whose appearance has undergone a radical transformation over the seven plus decades since its introduction in 1937. Originally numbered 293, it was a Brush-built successor to a then-innovative design known as the ‘railcoach’, which sought to emulate the levels of comfort associated with the most advanced road coaches of the day.

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293 at Manchester Square. R.B. Parr, 22/6/1958.

Number 630 was not one of the original railcoaches, which had been built earlier in the decade by English Electric, but formed part of a subsequent batch of 20 very similar looking tramcars that were ordered from Brush & Co. of Loughborough following the closure of the adjoining Lytham St Annes tramway in 1937.

Specification

Type of tram
Single deck, electric, centre entrance bogie tramcar
Livery
Green and cream originally. Now features 1990’s predominantly cream and green Blackpool livery
Seating capacity
48
Date built
1937
Manufacturer of body
Brush Co.
Manufacturer of truck
EMB Hornless Equal wheel bogies
Gauge
4’ 8½”
Motor
Originally 2x Crompton Parkinson C162 Now EE 305 2 x 57hp
Controller
Originally Crompton West CTJ. Now EE DB1 Z4
Current collector
Originally a trolley Pole with fixed head
Modification

1960s – fitted with heaters, motors and controllers from scrapped English Electric railcoaches and renumbered 630 (from 293) in 1968 as part of a general fleet renumbering. Original opening sunshine roof panels and side entrance screens were panelled over and twin destination screens at each end were replaced by single screens. Half drop windows fitted.
Mid-1990s major overhaul of both exterior – new head and indictor lights, rubber bumpers, enclosed tower for pantograph in place of original fixed head trolley pole and replacement windows – and also interior including the installation of fixed seating and new interior lighting

Withdrawn from service

Withdrawn from passenger service in 2011 and repainted by Blackpool Transport Services in mid-1990s cream and green livery.

Subsequent history

Moved to Crich in 2012, where it has joined the operational fleet

Restoration history

The tram was withdrawn in operational condition

Current status
Restored in operational condition. Commissioned for service as part of the operational fleet during part of the current season. It was decommissioned following its last day in service on 16th September prior to a temporary visit to Blackpool
Date started operating at Crich
2012
Total mileage covered at Crich
1,643
Current location
Depots
Future plans

Likely to continue as part of the operational fleet for some time. However, its longer-term prospects are uncertain in view of the fact that the TMS already has a much more authentic and partially restored Brush car, number.298.

Timeline
  • 1937 – 2011Operational on original tramway (major overhaul in mid- 1990s)
  • 2012 –Operational at Crich

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.