Leeds City Tramways No. 2

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Photo: Jim Dignan

Leeds Works car no. 2 is a tower wagon (or derrick) and was purpose-built  in 1931 to assist in the construction of a number of off-road ‘reserved track’ routes that were laid on railway-style ballasted sleeper tracks, such as the Middleton Light Railway. Existing road-based tower wagons were not so suitable for this purpose, which explains why no. 2 came into being.

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Works 2 tower wagon, Sovereign Street. R.B. Parr, 7/5/1954.

The tram reflects the “make-do-and-mend” attitudes of the day as it was based almost entirely on second-hand parts of trams that were about to be broken up. It originally utilised the cantilever truck of a decommissioned tram (110A), to which the tower and frame of a pre-existing four wheel tower wagon were attached, together with two cabs of match boarding. Subsequently it acquired a replacement truck from tower wagon number 1 (ex 80A) when that car was scrapped in 1954. One of its most unusual features is that it was initially fitted with both a trolley pole and a bow but, when bows became standard in Leeds in 1938 it acquired a second bow, which it retained for the rest of its life.

Specification

Type of tram
Works car
Livery
Grey and red. [N.B. the tower should also be grey]
Seating capacity
Date built
1931
Date entered service
December 1931
Manufacturer of body
Leeds City Tramways
Manufacturer of truck
Peckham Cantilever
Gauge
4’ 8½”
Motor
GE 58 2 x 28 hp
Controller
DK DB1 K3
Current collector
Trolley pole and Fischer bow
Modification

The original truck was swapped for a similar one that was salvaged from another tower wagon (No. 1), when it was scrapped in 1954. At this time No. 2 was re-numbered as No. 1 until the system closed in 1959

Withdrawn from service

1959, on closure of the system.

Restoration history

It was preserved through the efforts of the Middleton Railway Preservation Society and the Leeds Transport Historical Society.

Current status
Restored; non-operational
Current location
Depots
Timeline
  • 1931 – 1959Fully operational as works car on original tramway
  • 1960 – 1964In storage
  • 1964 – 1969Undergoing restoration
  • 1969 –Fully 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.