Sheffield Corporation Transport No. 264

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Sheffield 264

Photo: Jim Dignan

Although only three years younger than its stable-mate, number 189, Sheffield 264’s altogether sleeker and more modern appearance shows the benefit of Sheffield Transport Department’s continuing quest to keep pace with the latest advances in tramcar development that were being developed in other comparable undertakings. (Edinburgh 35 provides a contemporary example). The result was a batch of ‘improved standard’ tramcars that were often referred to as ‘domed roof’ cars, since this was one of the most obvious visual features that set them apart from their ‘flat-roofed’ predecessors.

264’s semi-streamlined design with its domed roof contrasts with the more traditional flat-roofed design of its predecessors such as 189. Photo: Jim Dignan.

The 67 new cars that were built to this design retained the same dimensions and technical specifications as their forebears, but their pleasingly clean styling with ‘semi-streamlined’ upper deck ends and new cream and blue livery clearly set them apart even though the changes were largely cosmetic. Although they still lacked platform doors, the trams did feature individually opening windows augmented, on the lower deck, by air deflecting ventilators.

Specification

Type of tram
Double deck fully enclosed four-wheel improved standard class electric tramcar
Livery
Cream and azure blue
Seating capacity
61 (37 upper saloon, 24 lower saloon)
Date built
1937
Manufacturer of body
Sheffield Corporation Transport
Manufacturer of truck
Peckham P22
Gauge
4’ 8½”
Motor
MV 102DR 2 x 60 hp
Controller
BTH B510
Current collector
Trolley
Withdrawn from service

Continued in normal operation until the final day of service on 8 October 1960.

Subsequent history

Purchased privately and transported to Crich in December 1960.

Restoration history

Restored over an extended period of time by a small band of volunteers without access to workshop facilities and resources. A detailed account of the restoration process appeared in the Society Journal (no. 213) for January 2011.

Current status
Conserved; on display
Date started operating at Crich
1970 for 10 years
Total mileage covered at Crich
3,152
Current location
Exhibition Hall
Timeline
  • 1937 – 1960Fully operational on original tramway
  • 1960 – 1970In storage and undergoing restoration
  • 1970 – 1980Operational at Crich
  • 1980 –On display

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