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.
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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 preservaton debut in January 2012 currently on loan in Blackpool *Hull 96 A 1901 built tramcar which was our last major workshop project being completed in October 2015. *Blackpool 619 - replica of a Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramroad vanguard built in 1987 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 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.

Mission: Current projects for the 100% volunteer based society include the overhaul and return to service of 1901 Built Open Top Tram Stockport Number 5, tidying and improving the areas immediately adjacent to the tramway and increasing our volunteer numbers

Operating as usual

Another working day and another glimpse of 752 shows the latest area of Lakeside depot being tidied, ballasted and ready...
25/09/2020

Another working day and another glimpse of 752 shows the latest area of Lakeside depot being tidied, ballasted and ready for concreting so that more racking can be erected to allow the tidying and organising to continue.

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#throwbackthursdayAs Blackpool 1 (752) has been so heavily featured this week, we though we would show a picture of it i...
24/09/2020

#throwbackthursday

As Blackpool 1 (752) has been so heavily featured this week, we though we would show a picture of it in 2009 not long after it arrived from Blackpool.

It is seen here stabled on depot road

Its amazing what a few days can do.Despite Wednesday evening making the side of Blackpool 1 (752) very cluttered, by the...
23/09/2020

Its amazing what a few days can do.

Despite Wednesday evening making the side of Blackpool 1 (752) very cluttered, by the end of Saturday the area was much, tidier with all the stored items being much clearer and tidied away.

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Sometimes to get the work completed we need to move a lot of trams outside to have room.On this occasion Blackpool 702, ...
22/09/2020

Sometimes to get the work completed we need to move a lot of trams outside to have room.

On this occasion Blackpool 702, Blackpool 1 (752) Manchester 173 and Blackpool 623 were all outside. Despite quite a nice day there was a large amount of shade just outside the depot.

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We thought we would show you another sneaky peek of the work going on inside Lakeside.Somehow it seems Blackpool Works C...
21/09/2020

We thought we would show you another sneaky peek of the work going on inside Lakeside.

Somehow it seems Blackpool Works Car 1 (752) has managed to creep into all these pictures so we will be seeing a lot of it this week.

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The landscaping team down at Middleton Road depot are not to be forgotten with the back breaking but visually pleasing w...
18/09/2020

The landscaping team down at Middleton Road depot are not to be forgotten with the back breaking but visually pleasing work they have been carrying out.

Depot road is now looking much more loved again from the overgrown condition that we returned to find it in.

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17/09/2020

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#throwbackthursdayWe've been doing some research into tramway overhead fittings and styles and came across this image in...
17/09/2020

#throwbackthursday

We've been doing some research into tramway overhead fittings and styles and came across this image in our archive.

As its only just up the road from where we are based we thought we would share it with you despite not having a tram in the picture.

Other than the lack of overhead wires and tram tracks the scene is not much changed today.

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#workshopwednesdayYou can see the roof of the workshop so that counts right?During recent repair works to our overhead a...
16/09/2020

#workshopwednesday

You can see the roof of the workshop so that counts right?

During recent repair works to our overhead a few months back a temporary repair was carried out which unfortunately left the wire twisted and very difficult to run trams through.

This has now been corrected by our overhead team and some of the looseness in the wire removed in the process.

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Our team have continued to make the most of the sunshine with the paint brushes coming out again.This time it was the tu...
15/09/2020

Our team have continued to make the most of the sunshine with the paint brushes coming out again.

This time it was the turn of our lifting frame which was wheeled outside in order to be rubbed down and primed with red oxide ahead of a repaint.

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Its always nice to see the rare members of our fleet outside & the work inside Lakeside has given us plenty of opportuni...
14/09/2020

Its always nice to see the rare members of our fleet outside & the work inside Lakeside has given us plenty of opportunity to do this.

This Saturday was another one of those occasions with 173 towed out into the sunshine in order to allow work alongside road one to be carried out.

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As part of our efforts to clean up and make the tramway more presentable we have been lavishing some much needed care an...
11/09/2020

As part of our efforts to clean up and make the tramway more presentable we have been lavishing some much needed care and attention upon Lakeside railings.

These have all been sandblasted to remove any debris or loose paint before being painted back up with fresh coats of Hammerite to preserve them from the Manchester elements.

#throwbackthursdayThe sight of Hull Tram 96 waiting at Middleton Road gates is a very common one normally.However on the...
10/09/2020

#throwbackthursday

The sight of Hull Tram 96 waiting at Middleton Road gates is a very common one normally.

However on the 14th June 1988 that sight was seen for the very first time as Hull 96 arrived at Heaton Park fresh from its overhaul from dilapidated works car to operational passenger car.

Image courtesy of Keith Chadbourne

Although we haven't quite made it into our workshop yet we have been cleaning along the depot road approach track to red...
09/09/2020

Although we haven't quite made it into our workshop yet we have been cleaning along the depot road approach track to reduce the weeds.

We're always very aware of the role we play within the park and strive to keep the areas we are responsible for presentable.

As pictures of our shunt went down so well last week we thought we would bring you one more but from a slightly differen...
08/09/2020

As pictures of our shunt went down so well last week we thought we would bring you one more but from a slightly different perspective.

This fantastic image shows 7 of our fleet stabled at Lakeside. Blackpool 702, 619 and 623. Manchester 765 and Hull 96 with the two top decks of 173 and Stockport 5 also in view.

Its not just inside Lakeside depot that's been receiving some much needed attention.We're trying to improve the whole ar...
04/09/2020

Its not just inside Lakeside depot that's been receiving some much needed attention.

We're trying to improve the whole area around it and as part of this a team of people have been scraping, sanding and painting which even after just one coat of paint we think shows a major improvement.

#throwbackthursdayThis 1940 Image taken by Stan Hope captures not just the tram itself but a real scene of the times.Man...
03/09/2020

#throwbackthursday

This 1940 Image taken by Stan Hope captures not just the tram itself but a real scene of the times.

Manchester Tram 1052 is seen here in Hazel Grove surrounded by buildings, vehicles and sign written adverts of the period.

With a good chunk of the heavy work starting to come together in Lakeside we've been planning for the next phase of our ...
02/09/2020

With a good chunk of the heavy work starting to come together in Lakeside we've been planning for the next phase of our works and this has meant a bit of a reshuffle of the fleet.

Therefore last Saturday a large shunt took place which meant that at one point all of the trams in our collection were at Lakeside leading to some great photo opportunities such as this one showing Manchester 765, Manchester 173, Hull 96 & Stockport 5.

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01/09/2020
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28/08/2020

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With Oldham 43 enjoying a day out last weekend, the area around it could be tidied the rails of road 3 where it normally...
28/08/2020

With Oldham 43 enjoying a day out last weekend, the area around it could be tidied the rails of road 3 where it normally resides extended and ballasted..

Extending this track to the wall will give us a bit of extra railed space in order to store our Permanent Way trolleys on the rails making them much easier to extract.

#throwbackthursdayThis week we're changing location and travelling back in time a bit further to 1898.The Location is Lo...
27/08/2020

#throwbackthursday

This week we're changing location and travelling back in time a bit further to 1898.

The Location is London Road outside the train station in an area not unfamiliar to trams even now. However the horse trams seen in this image are very different from todays modern vehicles.

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26/08/2020

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#workshopwedenesday becomes Permanent Way WednesdayOur team are making the most of having full possession of the running...
26/08/2020

#workshopwedenesday becomes Permanent Way Wednesday

Our team are making the most of having full possession of the running line to catch up on our track maintenance with work recently focusing on assessing and tightening loose track joints along the length of the line.

Our ongoing works inside Lakeside depot gave us a rare opportunity this weekend for Oldham Corporation Tramways 43 to be...
24/08/2020

Our ongoing works inside Lakeside depot gave us a rare opportunity this weekend for Oldham Corporation Tramways 43 to be pictured outside.

This 1901 built future restoration project can be seen here at Lakeside points alongside Blackpool 623 and Manchester 765.

The battle against nature never stops.It doesn't seem that long since the area at Lakeside was an empty building site an...
21/08/2020

The battle against nature never stops.

It doesn't seem that long since the area at Lakeside was an empty building site and devoid of vegetation.

Our volunteers have been working very hard on taking this undergrowth and self seeded trees back to the hill line in order to improve the appearance of the area at Lakeside

#throwbackthursdayIt seems Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square was often used as a back drop for photos as this image ...
20/08/2020

#throwbackthursday

It seems Manchester Town Hall in Albert Square was often used as a back drop for photos as this image from 1905 shows.

Pictured this time is Manchester 136 a 4 wheel open topped tram similar to our own Manchester 173.

#workshopwednesdayOne of our next projects for completion in our workshops is Vanguard 619 seen here at the newly laid e...
19/08/2020

#workshopwednesday

One of our next projects for completion in our workshops is Vanguard 619 seen here at the newly laid end of Lakeside depot's road one where no tram has been before.

With the recent good weather though the team have understandably been focussing their efforts on outside works.

Manchester 765 has been out for a run recently in order to identify areas of our track that may require some attention d...
18/08/2020

Manchester 765 has been out for a run recently in order to identify areas of our track that may require some attention during our current works.

Whilst out on the line we couldn't resist stopping for a minute to appreciate the wonderful backdrop of the Heaton Park & Hall Landscape

Despite us not operating at the moment it important to keep our trams as spick and span as possible especially with so m...
17/08/2020

Despite us not operating at the moment it important to keep our trams as spick and span as possible especially with so many dirty jobs going on around them.

We are especially grateful for the assistance of volunteers from the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society for helping in this task whilst there own tramway remains closed.

Its not just Lakeside where all the action is at the moment either.In order to tidy up the areas along the tramways rout...
14/08/2020

Its not just Lakeside where all the action is at the moment either.

In order to tidy up the areas along the tramways route and ensure that the required clearance from the track is maintained a small band of volunteers has been doing some "apocalyptic pruning" as we like to call it.

We certainly think the area looks much tidier already even before they move on to weeding and tidying up the stone setts.

#throwbackthusrdayThis weeks image is this fantastic photo of Albert Square in Manchester taken in 1942 as Manchester Pi...
13/08/2020

#throwbackthusrday

This weeks image is this fantastic photo of Albert Square in Manchester taken in 1942 as Manchester Pilcher car 242 is seen outside Manchester Town Hall.

We know we said we weren't going to show any more images from inside Lakeside till it was done but we just couldn't resi...
12/08/2020

We know we said we weren't going to show any more images from inside Lakeside till it was done but we just couldn't resist this one.

Manchester 765 is seen here on road one of Lakeside depot lights ablaze alongside our new concrete floor.

We are delighted to announce the latest additions to our CollectionWe are very excited to announce that we are becoming ...
11/08/2020

We are delighted to announce the latest additions to our Collection

We are very excited to announce that we are becoming the new custodians of the 7 1/4" gauge Wooton Tramway complete with functioning overhead and two trams constructed and owned by Howard Burford who has kindly donated the system to our tramway

We are very grateful for Howards generosity and aim to ensure intend to take the very best care of the tramway and use it as our outreach program and continue to tour it to events in the future using the portable track and specially adapted caravan that the equipment is contained within.

As soon as storage arrangements are finalised the team will be heading to the Isle of Wight to collect it.

Our recent work to improve Lakeside depot has been made much easier by the valued assistance of Creamy Crete and their f...
03/08/2020

Our recent work to improve Lakeside depot has been made much easier by the valued assistance of Creamy Crete and their fantastic service.

We're not showing too many much pictures inside the shed now as we want to save the impact of the finished job for you all to see.

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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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Nice to see the trams out
Are trams running in Sept ?
Nice to see some of the trams out
I thought that you might be interested in this piece of history. I was decluttering today and came across my grandfather's wallet containing what I believe to be an old tram ticket between Hollinwood and Stephenson's Square. On the reverse of the ticket is an advertisement for Black and Green's tea (which I've never heard of and I'm 55) :)
Our newsletter just arrived, Jamie is thrilled that the trams have written to tell him they are missing him as much as he is missing them. Can’t wait to see you back in action.
I wonder whether anyone can confirm whether this photo was taken in Heaton Park? It was posted by a friend in another group and he would love to know more about it.
It would be nice to see vehicle 1007 in the museum. It was the vehicle I had my driving assessment on many many years ago.
This image has been doing the rounds for some time, under the description of Emmeline Pankhurst and other Suffragettes obstructing a tram in Heaton Park circa1908. The reason for this is that it was posted on flikr by Greater Manchester Police and this is how it is described there. However, when I was searching for more information about the event I came across a contemporary article from the Manchester Guardian about a rally that the Suffragettes held in the park in July 1908 which seems to point to a completely different interpretation of the picture. For the 1908 meeting the leadership of the Suffragettes commissioned a special tramcar to take them to the park where they were escorted by a small number of police to the meeting, The meeting was reported in the Manchester Guardian on 20 July 1908 as follows: "Friends of the women suffrage movement are entitled to reckon the great demonstration at Heaton Park yesterday, arranged by the Women's Social and Political Union, as somewhat of a triumph. With fine weather as an ally the women suffragists were able to bring together an immense body of people. These people were not all sympathisers with the object, and much service to the cause must have been rendered by merely collecting so many people and talking over the subject with them. The organisation, too, was creditable to the promoters...The police were few and inconspicuous. The speakers went by special [tram]car to the Bury Old Road entrance, and were escorted by a few police to several platforms. Here the escorts waited till the speaking was over, and then accompanied their respective charges back to the special car. There was little need, apparently, for the escort. Even the opponents of the suffrage claim who made themselves heard were perfectly friendly towards the speakers, and the only crowding about them as they left was that of curiosity on the part of those who wished to have a good look at the missioners in the cause." If you study the photograph it doesn't look at all as if anyone is being arrested and the article says that the meeting went off peacefully. If that was the case then why would the Suffragettes wish to obstruct a tram taking people to or from the meeting? In the photo everyone is smiling, the man in the bowler hat appears to be carrying the plans for the event and the policeman standing in front of Mrs Pankhurst seems to be offering his arm for her, or her companion, to link. It looks to me as if Mrs Pankhurst has just alighted from the tram and the police are about to escort her and the other speakers to the hustings. When I posted this on the Greater Manchester History and Architecture facebook group someone, who seemed to have some inside knowledge, said that the original lantern slide was entitled "obstruction" and was printed in a book of the same title along with other training slides and so was possibly just thought to be a good illustration of that subject. I've posted my thoughts on this on the flikr page for the image and GMP seem to agree as they have said they will change the description and add the newspaper story to their archive. see: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmpolice1/4416981622](https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmpolice1/4416981622)
This is a group created by TMS and MTMS members. https://www.facebook.com/groups/565162714355804/?ref=group_header
From the photo collection of an old deceased friend. The photos are taken by Robert Mack and R. B. Parr in 1960. It makes one realize what a great restoration job done on the Manchester 765
Just had a little walk in the park it was nice and quiet
Can I pay my subs online?