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Heaton Park Tramway

Heaton Park Tramway The official Facebook group for the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester, and all of its activities.

The line is jointly run by the Manchester Transport Museum Society, who own a number of vintage trams and Manchester city council. The current operating fleet at Heaton Park consists of:

*Manchester 765 - single deck 'combination' car dating from 1914 and restored locally in the 1970s
*Blackpool Brush Car 623 dating from the 1930's and made its preservation debut in January 2012 currently on loan

The line is jointly run by the Manchester Transport Museum Society, who own a number of vintage trams and Manchester city council. The current operating fleet at Heaton Park consists of:

*Manchester 765 - single deck 'combination' car dating from 1914 and restored locally in the 1970s
*Blackpool Brush Car 623 dating from the 1930's and made its preservation debut in January 2012 currently on loan

Operating as usual

 There could only be one picture that we could share today as our look back at tramway history in the area. The day the ...
15/09/2022

There could only be one picture that we could share today as our look back at tramway history in the area. The day the 17th of July 1992 when the late Queen came to open Manchester's new Metrolink system in St Peter's Square.

09/09/2022

IMPORTANT NOTICE

In line with the rest of our colleagues and friends throughout Heaton Park and the wishes of Manchester City Council, as a mark of respect due to the loss of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, we will not be running a public tram service both this weekend (10/11) and next weekend (17/18), nor will our museum be open.

This does NOT affect our Taster Tram Driving Experiences that are taking place tomorrow - if you are one of these people, please rest assured your session is not affected, please arrive at the time noted on your booking.

For our membership, this also does NOT affect our Annual General Meeting.

We understand that this may cause some disappointment - we thank you for your understanding at this time of great sorrow for the nation and join us in offering our sincere condolences to the Royal Family.

Rest In Peace HM Queen Elizabeth II1926 - 2022We send our deepest sympathy to the Royal Family and pay tribute to the Qu...
08/09/2022

Rest In Peace HM Queen Elizabeth II
1926 - 2022

We send our deepest sympathy to the Royal Family and pay tribute to the Queen’s extraordinary life of public service.

 We're off the the Showground of the North by tram today. Belle Vue, that wonderland just outside the city centre that e...
08/09/2022

We're off the the Showground of the North by tram today. Belle Vue, that wonderland just outside the city centre that entertained millions over the years and also put a good few coppers in the coffers of the tramway operators. Here Salford Car 215 waits on the tramway siding on nearby Mount Road ready to head off back across the city on one of the last joint cross city workings in 1937 in this lovely image by Alistair Gunn.

Another item of lost property from today. A child’s hoppy. Aged 3-4. Both are in the tram shed if you wish to claim them...
03/09/2022

Another item of lost property from today. A child’s hoppy. Aged 3-4.
Both are in the tram shed if you wish to claim them tomorrow

03/09/2022
Is anyone missing this?  It would be gggrreeaatt if we could reunite it with its owner. There’s no Frosties inside thoug...
03/09/2022

Is anyone missing this? It would be gggrreeaatt if we could reunite it with its owner. There’s no Frosties inside though lol.

And we’re open for business
03/09/2022

And we’re open for business

Co-operation. Working with and round the park run team this morning so their hundreds of runners can still get their 5k ...
03/09/2022

Co-operation. Working with and round the park run team this morning so their hundreds of runners can still get their 5k runs in while we get set up for the model trams event. Hopefully some of them will hang around after now they’ve seen the trams out.

 Oldham like many of the former cotton towns surrounding the city of Manchester had trams which not only worked services...
01/09/2022

Oldham like many of the former cotton towns surrounding the city of Manchester had trams which not only worked services within the town but also ran into the city working jointly with Manchester corporation. Oldhams car 7 is seen on one of those joint services the no 20 outside Hollinwood depot at the borough boundary in c1937. It’s an area now vastly changed with the coming of the M60 but oddly enough the pub and a few of the houses behind 7 cling on to this day when all else has been swept away.

Day 3 of the bank holiday weekend and 765 is prepared and ready for service. We’ll be running from 12-4.30 from the lake...
29/08/2022

Day 3 of the bank holiday weekend and 765 is prepared and ready for service.
We’ll be running from 12-4.30 from the lakeside to Middleton road and back if you wish to join us.

With our friends at Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester operating Stockport 97 as one of the buses on shuttles to th...
28/08/2022

With our friends at Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester operating Stockport 97 as one of the buses on shuttles to their wonderful museum from the park today (leaving the park at quarter to the hour until 16:45), we felt it only right to put our Stockport 5 out!

We'll be running the tram from 12:00 until 16:30! Unfortunately our museum and shop are closed due to lack of volunteers - we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Kicking off our three day weekend in style! Blackpool 623 will be in operation today from 12:00 until 16:30 for anyone w...
27/08/2022

Kicking off our three day weekend in style! Blackpool 623 will be in operation today from 12:00 until 16:30 for anyone who needs their fix of the seaside in Manchester!

Our tramway shop will be open but due to some maintenance work, the museum itself will be closed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 thinking of our upcoming photocharter evening in October and finding these images made us think of the challenges of ge...
25/08/2022

thinking of our upcoming photocharter evening in October and finding these images made us think of the challenges of getting good images of the trams in the dark in past times. With very slow film speeds it took a good deal of effort to get something even half decent. Mr Gunn's image of an Ashton car in Piccadilly is a great effort and the other of an unknown Manchester car late at night by the Cathedral is not a bad try too. Come and join us on the 22nd of October and see how your digital camera or phone gets on.

We are delighted to announce that Manchester 4127 will be attending our Photography Evening on the 22nd October! This vi...
22/08/2022

We are delighted to announce that Manchester 4127 will be attending our Photography Evening on the 22nd October!

This vintage vehicle, built in 1950 by Daimler and Metro-Cammell, is attending with thanks to the Manchester 4100 Group, part of the Tameside Transport Collection.

Some more details will be announced about the evening soon - including when tickets will go on sale! Stay tuned to the page.

Here is a quick update on what has been going on in the workshop over the last few months. https://hptramway.co.uk/updat...
21/08/2022
Updates from the workshop – August 2022 – Heaton Park Tramway

Here is a quick update on what has been going on in the workshop over the last few months.
https://hptramway.co.uk/updates-from-the-workshop-august-2022/

Posted on 19th August 202219th August 2022 by hptadminUpdates from the workshop – August 2022 Hi All, Apologies for no recent updates, its been a very busy year for everyone at the tramway. With several of our younger working members studying up for exams to others who are progressing well with ca...

Today's service car, after a little time away having some love and attention from our Engineers, is the wonderful open t...
21/08/2022

Today's service car, after a little time away having some love and attention from our Engineers, is the wonderful open topper, Stockport 5!

You will also see Hull 96 out and about today - this tram is on training duties and won't be in passenger service.

Our museum and shop are OPEN today - see you soon?

Today's tramcar is Blackpool 623, the youngest member of our fleet at 85 years old! Please note that, due to a lack of v...
20/08/2022

Today's tramcar is Blackpool 623, the youngest member of our fleet at 85 years old!

Please note that, due to a lack of volunteers, our shop and museum are unable to open today - we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 Almost an On this day in history post too. August the 15th 1906 saw the opening of Manchester's tram route towards Altr...
18/08/2022

Almost an On this day in history post too. August the 15th 1906 saw the opening of Manchester's tram route towards Altrincham reach Brooklands and Timperley. Altrincham itself wasn't reached until May the following year.
Car 316 built by Milnes did the honours and already shows detail changes since its delivery 3 years earlier. Gone are the wire lifeguards under the platforms and the 4 sided glass destination displays have been replaced with much more flexible destination boxes with the linen roller blind. Even the name of the undertaking has gone from the waist panels, with just the scroll monogram replacing it. 316 would soon undergo bigger changes with a major rebuild to produce a balcony covered car.

Do YOU want to come volunteer with us as part of our Operations Team?If so, we are operating a Guard Induction session t...
16/08/2022

Do YOU want to come volunteer with us as part of our Operations Team?

If so, we are operating a Guard Induction session this Sunday - if you think this a role you'd enjoy, please get in touch with the page, we can run through the details and we can get you booked in.

The role involves assisting the driver in the safe operation of the tram, as well as turning the trolley pole and selling tickets and interacting with our passengers.

Membership of the society is required for insurance reasons, this can be arranged on the day.

Only a limited number of spaces are available!

Today's tramcar (in slightly warmer conditions than in the photo below!) is Hull 96.CORRECTION - thanks to a heroic volu...
14/08/2022

Today's tramcar (in slightly warmer conditions than in the photo below!) is Hull 96.

CORRECTION - thanks to a heroic volunteer, the shop and museum are OPEN today.

If you think you can help us in any volunteering capacity, please speak to a member of the tram crew today or message our page - we have lots of roles available to suit any time commitment.

Another warm and sunny day to enjoy here in the park. Hull 96 is doing the honours today and the shop and museum are ope...
13/08/2022

Another warm and sunny day to enjoy here in the park. Hull 96 is doing the honours today and the shop and museum are open too. Hope to see you there

12/08/2022

Please remember if you're visiting us or the park in general over the weekend NOT to bring your BBQ - save it till you get home. Thanks

We are pleased to announce we will be running a Photography Evening on Saturday 22nd October! This will be a unique oppo...
11/08/2022

We are pleased to announce we will be running a Photography Evening on Saturday 22nd October! This will be a unique opportunity to photograph our tramcars in the hours of darkness.

Stay tuned to the page for more information - it is sure to be a good one!

 sees something different today. A tale of a royal visit and a low bridge. Browsing through the collection, we came acro...
11/08/2022

sees something different today. A tale of a royal visit and a low bridge. Browsing through the collection, we came across this first image of two trams decorated for the Royal Tour of Lancashire of July 1913. An event which is well documented both in photographs and on film, but one of the trams looks different in that it has a full canopy to the upper deck - not something normally seen on Manchester's open top trams - they were what's known as short canopied. However reading further, it seems a small number were rebuilt like this to work the route 10 from Alexandra Park to Cheetham Hill. As until the roadway under the railway at Victoria and Exchange stations just beyond the Cathedral was lowered in 1925 only open toppers could pass under the bridge. The second image also shows one of these few cars running along Deansgate in service.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record please please please the tramway is not a safe place for your photoshoot. W...
07/08/2022

At the risk of sounding like a broken record please please please the tramway is not a safe place for your photoshoot. We’d hate to ruin anyones big day but this is just not a safe thing to do. You wouldn’t think of doing it on the Metrolink tracks well we hope you wouldn’t.

Today's service is brought to you by the number...Please note our museum is closed today due to a lack of volunteers - i...
07/08/2022

Today's service is brought to you by the number...

Please note our museum is closed today due to a lack of volunteers - if you think you can help us, please drop us a message or come see us at the tramway!

Today's tramcar is the lovely Hull 96 - a rare day out for our smallest tram!We'll be in service from 12:00 until 16:30.
06/08/2022

Today's tramcar is the lovely Hull 96 - a rare day out for our smallest tram!

We'll be in service from 12:00 until 16:30.

A reminder that due to a lack of volunteer availability, we will be CLOSED this Saturday (30th July) and no tram service...
29/07/2022

A reminder that due to a lack of volunteer availability, we will be CLOSED this Saturday (30th July) and no tram service will operate. Our museum will also be closed.

We can only apologise for the inconvenience this may cause our visitors - a number of our hard working volunteers are on a hard earned holiday on the Isle of Man for their Transport Festival this week.

We plan to be open on Sunday as usual.

If you think you can help with our volunteer shortage, please get in touch. We have a number of roles to suit any age with as little or as much time as you can commit!

 takes us to Bury this week where adverts for health remedies seemed to be a feature on the town's big red bogie cars. C...
28/07/2022

takes us to Bury this week where adverts for health remedies seemed to be a feature on the town's big red bogie cars. Car 9 stands at the Tottington terminus in this post war image taken not long before the system closed in 1949.

Due to a lack of volunteer availability, we are sorry to announce that we will be CLOSED this Saturday (30th July) and n...
25/07/2022

Due to a lack of volunteer availability, we are sorry to announce that we will be CLOSED this Saturday (30th July) and no tram service will operate. Our museum will also be closed.

We can only apologise for the inconvenience this may cause our visitors - a number of our hard working volunteers are on a hard earned holiday on the Isle of Man for their Transport Festival this week.

We plan to be open on Sunday as usual.

If you think you can help with our volunteer shortage, please get in touch. We have a number of roles to suit any age with as little or as much time as you can commit!

 takes us to Stockport this week - to the top of Lancashire Hill, with balcony car 24 about to start the steep decent in...
21/07/2022

takes us to Stockport this week - to the top of Lancashire Hill, with balcony car 24 about to start the steep decent into the town centre, as fully enclosed car 29 heads up Sandy Lane to Reddish. Car 24 has the prominent H H markings on its dash panels, showing it was one of the cars permitted to work under the low railway bridges in Bredbury on the route to Hyde jointly worked with the SHMD cars. This is one of several images taken at this location in the mid 1930s by local photographer CA Young now in the society's collection.

Volunteers are our lifeblood, as without them the tramway could not operate, as we're a totally volunteer run society. M...
19/07/2022

Volunteers are our lifeblood, as without them the tramway could not operate, as we're a totally volunteer run society. Many members give huge amounts of time, some only a few hours each week or month, but we're grateful to them all.
Have you ever thought you'd like to get involved? Whatever your skills or non, a friendly welcome is assured and you could help make a huge difference to running the tramway for locals and enthusiasts alike.
If you'd like to join us feel free to drop us a message.

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Heaton Park Tramway, C/o Park Manager's Office, Heaton Park, Manchester
Manchester
M25 2SW

Opening Hours

12pm - 5pm

Telephone

01617401919

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The line is jointly run by the Manchester Transport Museum Society, who own a number of vintage trams and Manchester city council. The current operating fleet at Heaton Park consists of: *Manchester 765 - single deck 'combination' car dating from 1914 and restored locally in the 1970s

*Hull 96 A 1901 built tramcar which was our last major workshop project being completed in October 2015.

*Blackpool Brush Car 623 dating from the 1930's and made its preservaton debut in January 2012 Also resident but currently out of service are *Stockport 5 - A four wheel open top Stockport with reverse staircases built in 1901 on loan from it's owning group the friends of 5, currently undergoing overhaul in our workshop. *Blackpool 619 - replica of a Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramroad vanguard built in 1987, currently undergoing overhaul in our workshop * Blackpool 752 - the tramway's multi-purpose works car which was acquired from Blackpool in 2008, *Blackpool 702 - Currently stored in Lakeside depot awaiting overhaul to return to operational condition * Manchester 173 - 1901 built short canopy open topper, currently awaiting workshop capacity for its restoration to be completed * Oldham 43 - Built in 1903 acquired by the society in 2014 after being rescued from a farm, a longer term project. * Manchester Horse Bus * Rawtenstall 23 - awaiting major restoration and currently stored in various pieces Several other trams are housed off-site. Reversible Horse car L53 is in Bury Transport Museum Blackpool 680 is on loan to Blackpool heritage tram tours Blackpool Balloon is in store in Rigby Road Depot, Blackpool.

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💚🥰A W A R D W I N N E R S🥰💚

The team at Heaton Park and Hall are delighted that once again Heaton Park and Hall are the proud recipients of the Green Flag Award. 🥳

The parks management team would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, business partners, communities and army of volunteers that strive to make the park the beautiful place it is. 💚

In addition with this, Heaton Park has also won the much-coveted Green Heritage Site Accreditation, supported by Historic England for the management of its historic features. 🙂

The Green Flag Award scheme, the international quality mark for parks and green spaces is managed by Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Every site is assessed by experienced judges, who inspect the site and meet staff and volunteers. They judge the parks using eight criteria: A welcoming place; Healthy, safe and secure; Well maintained and clean; Environmental management; Biodiversity; landscape and heritage; Community involvement, Marketing and communication; Management

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***Thank you to all those that have taken the time to complete the Heaton Paark Survey - due to the continued interest in completing the Heaton Park survey we have decided to extend the deadline to the 31st August 2022, to give all that wish to do so an opportunity to complete. ***

Scan the QR code or follow the link , over the next couple of weeks we will also have our volunteers in the park to help you if you need help with accessing the survey.

https://www.manchester.gov.uk/heatonparksurvey

This survey opens on Monday 1st August and closes on 14th August 2022.

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🌳😔P U B L I C N O T I C E 😔🌳

**Essential tree felling work due to start tomorrow**

The Heaton Park & Hall team would like to make the public aware that unfortunately a number of Ash trees growing on the pathway from the Hall down to the Tram Museum will be felled tomorrow (Wed 6 July) as they are unsafe to leave due to being diseased with Ash Dieback.

Like the trees that had to be felled along Ash Avenue they will be replaced with English Oak trees during the tree planting season this Autumn.

We know that tree felling can be an emotive issue but want to assure park users that this is necessary action to remove Ash Dieback.

More information on Ash Dieback.🌳

Ash Dieback is a fungus which originated in Asia. It doesn’t cause much damage on its native hosts of the Manchurian ash and the Chinese ash in its native range. However, its introduction to Europe about 30 years ago has devastated the European ash because our native ash species did not evolve with the fungus and this means it has no natural defence against it.
The fungus overwinters in leaf litter on the ground, particularly on ash leaf stalks. It produces small white fruiting bodies between July and October which release spores into the surrounding atmosphere.
These spores can blow tens of miles away. They land on leaves, stick to and then pe*****te into the leaf and beyond. The fungus then grows inside the tree, eventually blocking its water transport systems, causing it to die. The tree can fight back, but year-on-year infections will eventually kill it.
Ash Dieback will kill around 80% of ash trees across the UK. It will change the landscape forever and threaten many species which rely on ash.

🙂The good news is that we will be replacing the diseased Ash trees with an avenue of English Oak trees, these are large, deciduous trees growing to 20–40 meters tall. Also known as Common Oak, this species grows and matures to form a broad and spreading crown with sturdy branches beneath. Oak trees support more life forms than any other native trees. They are host to hundreds of insect species, supplying many birds with an important food source. In autumn, mammals such as squirrels, badgers and deer feed on acorns.

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680 making it's 1st appearance out of the depot since pre-covid in the jubilee parade. 2nd Jun 2022
We're running FREE heritage bus services today!

We'll run heritage service 5 between our museum and Shudehill Interchange (stand E) every hour; and to Heaton Park (Middleton Road gate) every hour to connect with our friends at Heaton Park Tramway.

Full timetable details on our website https://motgm.uk/events-buses.html#centreshuttle4
Is anything special happening over the Jubilee BH
Tomorrow, Sunday 24th April, children's author, Sophie Edgar, will be joining us to sign her book, When Mr Bumble Came to Stay.

Come and say hello!
First tram of the day - 18th April 2022
I,am sure there are those who keep fastidious records but my memory says it was 1996 when I followed Stockport No.5 along the A583 to Blackpool as it collected quite a basket full of greenery which was removed during unloading at its destination.
Photo's by Gary Severn.
Fantastic day today but your drivers do tend to be getting younger these days :-)
Easter - is getting egg- citing 🐣🙂❤

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Thank you everyone for a great two days at Crich Tramway Village!

We’ve been joined by our friends from Heaton Park Tramway, WyvernRail plc - The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Severn Valley Railway, Foxfield Railway.

Look out Beamish Museum, we’re on our way for the next exiting instalment of…. HOPS Roadshow!
😀 S O M E T H I N G F O R T H E W E E K E N D 😀

Happy Friday All! Are you planning for the weekend?😀
Why not visit Heaton Park where you can...

⛳ Play Pitch and Putt then relax in the pavilion with a coffee and free cake Heaton Park Golf Course
🌱Browse beautiful plants, flowers and gifts before enjoying delicious food Heaton Park Garden Centre
🌳Swing about in the trees at Treetop Manchester
🦢 Swan around on the boating lake at Heaton Park Boats
☕ Warm up with hot chocolate and tasty treats with Heaton Park Cafés
🚊 Experience working history with the Heaton Park Tramway
🐝 Bee captivated by the wonderful life of bees at Dower House with the Mbka
🚶 Take a walk and discover more about the fascinating history of Heaton Park and Hall with Jonathan Schofield Tours
🦚 Visit the animals the in Heaton Park
🐕 Just enjoy a great walk with your favourite friend.

Whatever you do this weekend have fun!

hello everyone, i have recently purchased a signed print by Malcolm Root in a charity shop, it shows the No 53 tram in the foreground, iv,e since found out the artist is from down south and didn't paint much up here. Any info, just curious.
thanks.
Your trams looked majestic in the snow yesterday!

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Planning a visit on 14th Nov, your last day of the 2021 season. Could an 'everything that works day' be considered with a start time of 11am?.
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