SD8303 : Historic Tramcar at Heaton Park

taken 3 years ago, near to Prestwich, Bury, Great Britain

Historic Tramcar at Heaton Park
Historic Tramcar at Heaton Park
This Manchester Corporation Tramways double decker tram was built in 1901. Not operational, it is kept as part of the tramway museum at Heaton Park and is seen here outside one of the sheds. Recently decorated as a "Leeds Pals" recruiting tram for a World War I event in Yorkshire, these decorations have been kept for the time being.

The pals battalions of World War I were specially constituted battalions of the British Army comprising men who had enlisted together in local recruiting drives, with the promise that they would be able to serve alongside their friends, neighbours and work colleagues ("pals"), rather than being arbitrarily allocated to battalions (more at LinkExternal link Wikipedia).
Heaton Park Tramway
The Heaton Park Tramway (LinkExternal link ) is a heritage tramway operating vintage trams as a visitor attraction within the Park. It is operated by the Manchester Transport Museum Society.

The Heaton Park Tramway was officially opened in 1980. The trams originally ran on the old Manchester Corporation Tramways spur from Middleton Road to the old tram shelter some 300 yards (270 m) inside the park. This has since been extended, by the use of track salvaged from elsewhere, to a new terminus near to the Boating Lake. The old tram shelter was also restored to form the centre of the society's operations.

The tramway currently (2015) has an operating fleet of 7 electric trams and one horse tram with several others in store or undergoing restoration LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Sunday, 7 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 15 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways  People, Events 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
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Transport 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 830 039 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:31.8942N 2:15.4039W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 830 039
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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