SD8303 : Tram 96 at Heaton Park

taken 2 years ago, near to Prestwich, Bury, Great Britain

Tram 96 at Heaton Park
Tram 96 at Heaton Park
No 96 LinkExternal link was built in 1901 by Hurst Nelson for the Hull Corporation SD8303 : Hull Corporation Transport, 96 originally ran as an open top double deck car. The car was totally enclosed about 1930, having platform doors fitted and bulkheads removed.

She was cut down to a single decker in 1933 and used as a stores car and snow plough. The closure of Hull's tram routes led to 96 being sold with a number of passenger cars to Leeds in 1942-45. Here it ran as stores car number 6, until the closure of Leeds City Tramways in 1959.

96 was bought by a local enthusiast and stored on the Middleton Railway before being moved near to Wakefield and in 1974 back to Leeds. The MTMS later bought the car, restoring it as a single deck passenger car at Mode Wheel workshops in Salford. 96 Has run at Heaton Park since 1988.

In 1994 it visited the Metrolink depot at Queens Road for its wheels to be re-profiled. It was also on show at the Metrolink depot open day that year.

2008 saw 96 receiving a bodywork, truck and motor overhaul. 96 emerged in the autumn in a grey livery as Leeds Works Car 6 in which guise it was loaned to Beamish from April 2010 to April 2013. After an extensive 2 year restoration Hull 96 returned to service on 11th October 2015.

Seen here near the Boating Lake tramshed.

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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 .
Heaton Park :: SD8304
Heaton Park, which comprises the grounds of a Grade I listed neoclassical 18th-century country house, Heaton Hall (SD8304 : Heaton Hall) is located 4 miles north of Manchester city centre. Covering an area reported as over 640 acres, it is the biggest park in Greater Manchester and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Heaton Park is listed Grade 2 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and there are nine listed structures in the park. Details can be found on the English Heritage website LinkExternal link .

Heaton Park was sold to Manchester City Council in 1902, by the Earl of Wilton, to be kept for the enjoyment and recreation of the public. Manchester Council later used part of the north side of the park for the construction of a large gravity feed reservoir; interrupted by the First World War, this work was only completed in the 1920s. A municipal golf course (SD8304 : Heaton Park Golf Course) was also laid out and a large boating lake excavated (SD8303 : Heaton Park Boating Lake). The former facade of the first Manchester Town Hall on King Street (SD8303 : Heaton Park - Town Hall Colonnade) was re-erected as a backdrop to the lake.

During the First World War the Manchester Pals used the park as a training depot. The park was also used as the site of a Royal Air Force depot in the Second World War.

At the end of the 20th century the park was renovated and some of the buildings and original vistas from the 18th century landscape design were restored as part of a millennium project partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund and Manchester City Council.

LinkExternal link Heaton Park website
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Saturday, 23 September, 2017   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 23 September, 2017
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Railways 
Date (from Tags)
1901  1930  1933  1959  1974  1988  1994  2010  2013  2015 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8307 0388 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:31.8780N 2:15.4128W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8308 0386
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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