London County Council Tramways No. 106

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LCC 106

Photo: Jim Dignan

106 is a London County Council “B” class tramcar dating back to 1903 and it represents the typical standard four-wheel open-topped design that was built by established manufacturer Dick-Kerr during the early electric era. This type of tramcar was a standard ‘off-the-peg’ product (known as the ‘Preston’ design) and was supplied to operators all over the country including Leicester, whose number 76 would also have looked remarkably similar when first delivered.

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Photo courtesy of LCCTT collection. 106 on High Street, Lewisham. Date unknown but appears to have been taken between 1906 and 1910.

 

During its early years 106 obtained its power from an underground conduit system by means of a ‘plough’ that picked up the current from an additional slot rail rather than an overhead power-line.

Like the rest of its class, No. 106 was subjected to a number of modifications in the years following its introduction. One of the earliest – on the orders of the Metropolitan police – involved the replacement of the original type of staircase, known as ‘reversed’ stairs, with a type known as a ‘direct’ staircase. One of the problems with the original design (which can still be seen on Leicester 76) is that the staircase almost completely obscured the driver’s nearside rearward vision, which made it very difficult to see anything that might be approaching from behind on that side.

Specification

Type of tram
Open-topped double deck four-wheeled electric passenger tram
Livery
Crimson Lake and cream
Seating capacity
56 (34 on top deck; 22 downstairs)
Date built
1903
Manufacturer of body
Electric Railway and Carriage Co., Preston, for Dick, Kerr & Company
Manufacturer of truck
Brill 21E with conduit
Gauge
4’ 8½”
Motor
Westinghouse 220 2 x 42hp
Controller
Westinghouse T2C
Current collector
Trolley (originally conduit)
Modification

By 1906; the original reverse stairs had been replaced with direct stairs and the car had been fitted with a fully enclosed top cover.

Withdrawn from service

1925 (passenger service); 1952 (as a works car)

Subsequent history

Converted into snow broom in 1925 which involved removal of top deck, raising of lower deck to accommodate revolving brooms and the addition of a long trolley pole. Renumbered as 022. Continued in service as a works car until 1952

Restoration history

Earmarked for preservation in 1951 and initially placed in storage for preservation (including a period at the British Transport Museum in Clapham). The process of restoration commenced in 1971 and was completed in 1983.

Current status
Restored in operational condition. Commissioned for service as part of the operational fleet during the current season.
Date started operating at Crich
1983 for 8 years, then 1993 for 6 years, then 2001 for 6 years, then 2015
Total mileage covered at Crich
21,229
Current location
Depots
Timeline
  • 1903 – 1925Operational on original tramway
  • 1925 – 1952Converted to snowbroom and remained operational on original tramway
  • 1952 – 1971In storage
  • 1971 – 1983Undergoing restoration
  • 1983 – 1991Operational at Crich
  • 1991 – 1993Undergoing restoration
  • 1993 – 1999Operational at Crich
  • 1999 – 2001Undergoing overhaul
  • 2001 – 2007Operational at Crich
  • 2007 – 2013On display
  • 2013 – 2015Undergoing overhaul
  • 2015 –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.