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 preservation 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.
*Stockport

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

Operating as usual

Manchester 765 in service yesterday with appropriate destination blinds for this evening.A 5-3 scoreline may be a bit am...
11/07/2021

Manchester 765 in service yesterday with appropriate destination blinds for this evening.

A 5-3 scoreline may be a bit ambitious but if its an England win we'll take it.

Manchester 765 in service yesterday with appropriate destination blinds for this evening.

A 5-3 scoreline may be a bit ambitious but if its an England win we'll take it.

We're mixing it up a bit with our service cars this weekend to give Blackpool 623 and Stockport 5 a rest. This Saturday ...
09/07/2021

We're mixing it up a bit with our service cars this weekend to give Blackpool 623 and Stockport 5 a rest.

This Saturday sees Manchester 765 operating our tram service from 12-5 for its first service operation of the year.

Then on Sunday it's the turn of Hull 96 to run the service again on service for the first time this season.

All journeys operate as out and back from Lakeside and social distancing and mask wearing is still in place.

We're mixing it up a bit with our service cars this weekend to give Blackpool 623 and Stockport 5 a rest.

This Saturday sees Manchester 765 operating our tram service from 12-5 for its first service operation of the year.

Then on Sunday it's the turn of Hull 96 to run the service again on service for the first time this season.

All journeys operate as out and back from Lakeside and social distancing and mask wearing is still in place.

Another tram that we haven't featured much recently is Blackpool 702.Although not part of our operating fleet we have be...
09/07/2021

Another tram that we haven't featured much recently is Blackpool 702.

Although not part of our operating fleet we have been carrying out some cosmetic work on 702 so that the tram is more presentable when brought out on display.

This has included a thorough internal and external cleaning, re-waterproofing the roof and filling and repainting of the front dome that was damaged before arrival at the tramway.

Another tram that we haven't featured much recently is Blackpool 702.

Although not part of our operating fleet we have been carrying out some cosmetic work on 702 so that the tram is more presentable when brought out on display.

This has included a thorough internal and external cleaning, re-waterproofing the roof and filling and repainting of the front dome that was damaged before arrival at the tramway.

#ThrowbackThursdayAt the opposite end of the scale to the city streets full of large bogie cars was somewhere like the s...
08/07/2021

#ThrowbackThursday
At the opposite end of the scale to the city streets full of large bogie cars was somewhere like the small town of Glossop, with just a handful of 4 wheel open toppers and this 'demi car'. It's seen at the end of the branch line to Whitfield that served the Charlestown Paper mills and it was set up for one man operation, with its driver seen alongside the tram.

#ThrowbackThursday
At the opposite end of the scale to the city streets full of large bogie cars was somewhere like the small town of Glossop, with just a handful of 4 wheel open toppers and this 'demi car'. It's seen at the end of the branch line to Whitfield that served the Charlestown Paper mills and it was set up for one man operation, with its driver seen alongside the tram.

The tram most closely linked with our tramway is probably the one we have featured least just recently.Manchester 765 ha...
07/07/2021

The tram most closely linked with our tramway is probably the one we have featured least just recently.

Manchester 765 has been in the works for some attention to its paintwork and a leaking roof but this weekend saw 765 given a commissioning service ready for some filming work it is taking part in this week.

The tram most closely linked with our tramway is probably the one we have featured least just recently.

Manchester 765 has been in the works for some attention to its paintwork and a leaking roof but this weekend saw 765 given a commissioning service ready for some filming work it is taking part in this week.

The weather may not have been the best but its still been a busy weekend for our hard working volunteers.Blackpool 623 h...
06/07/2021

The weather may not have been the best but its still been a busy weekend for our hard working volunteers.

Blackpool 623 has been our service car of choice but Hull 96 has also been out on the line in order for our next batch of guard trainees to have their initial induction.

The weather may not have been the best but its still been a busy weekend for our hard working volunteers.

Blackpool 623 has been our service car of choice but Hull 96 has also been out on the line in order for our next batch of guard trainees to have their initial induction.

WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS!Hopefully through this page you get a sense of how hard our volunteers have been working on impro...
05/07/2021

WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS!

Hopefully through this page you get a sense of how hard our volunteers have been working on improving the tramway for the future.

Well now we need your help! In order to start returning some of our demic trams to the rails or in some cases putting them on our rails for the first time we will be launching a series of fundraisers.

The first of which is for our Works Car, Blackpool 752/1 which we need to raise £15'000 for in order to repair its motors and buy other materials required to get it back to running condition.

If you can help us please visit https://buff.ly/3hwYm6J and donate whatever you can as every penny makes a massive difference to us and if everyone following this page donated just £3.50 we could be ready to go in no time.

WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS!

Hopefully through this page you get a sense of how hard our volunteers have been working on improving the tramway for the future.

Well now we need your help! In order to start returning some of our demic trams to the rails or in some cases putting them on our rails for the first time we will be launching a series of fundraisers.

The first of which is for our Works Car, Blackpool 752/1 which we need to raise £15'000 for in order to repair its motors and buy other materials required to get it back to running condition.

If you can help us please visit https://buff.ly/3hwYm6J and donate whatever you can as every penny makes a massive difference to us and if everyone following this page donated just £3.50 we could be ready to go in no time.

#ThrowbackThursdaySomething different today - trams in the urban landscape - and what a landscape. Overlooking Mersey Sq...
01/07/2021

#ThrowbackThursday
Something different today - trams in the urban landscape - and what a landscape. Overlooking Mersey Sq Stockport from above the fire station, with Heaton Lane tramshed over to the right. This view taken some time in the 1940s is a stunner from the collection of our late Chairman Bob Hill.

#ThrowbackThursday
Something different today - trams in the urban landscape - and what a landscape. Overlooking Mersey Sq Stockport from above the fire station, with Heaton Lane tramshed over to the right. This view taken some time in the 1940s is a stunner from the collection of our late Chairman Bob Hill.

A picture that sums up the last few weekends for us rather nicely.Hull 96 on its last weekend of a full month of Tram Dr...
28/06/2021

A picture that sums up the last few weekends for us rather nicely.

Hull 96 on its last weekend of a full month of Tram Driving Experiences to clear our backlog before it settles into a much more relaxed pattern of one weekend a month.

Blackpool 623 at rest after having started the days service before the weather warmed up.

Stockport 5 working hard, shifting the biggest Covid safe loads it can through the sunny park setting.

A picture that sums up the last few weekends for us rather nicely.

Hull 96 on its last weekend of a full month of Tram Driving Experiences to clear our backlog before it settles into a much more relaxed pattern of one weekend a month.

Blackpool 623 at rest after having started the days service before the weather warmed up.

Stockport 5 working hard, shifting the biggest Covid safe loads it can through the sunny park setting.

At this time of year its a constant battle with the trees, plants and undergrowth.Luckily the team has the right weather...
23/06/2021

At this time of year its a constant battle with the trees, plants and undergrowth.

Luckily the team has the right weather for carrying out this work.

As we've previously mentioned Hull 96 has rather busy catching up on our Tram Driving Experience Backlog, here it is hav...
22/06/2021

As we've previously mentioned Hull 96 has rather busy catching up on our Tram Driving Experience Backlog, here it is having a rare rest in Middleton Road Depot.

For Social distancing reasons 96 is sadly not very practical

As we've previously mentioned Hull 96 has rather busy catching up on our Tram Driving Experience Backlog, here it is having a rare rest in Middleton Road Depot.

For Social distancing reasons 96 is sadly not very practical

We were delighted last week to have our first Induction session for guard candidates since 2019.With Hull 96 still very ...
21/06/2021

We were delighted last week to have our first Induction session for guard candidates since 2019.

With Hull 96 still very busy at weekends reducing the backlog of Tram Driving Experiences a Midweek session was held.

All our trainees did very well and we wish them luck as they progress with their training.

We were delighted last week to have our first Induction session for guard candidates since 2019.

With Hull 96 still very busy at weekends reducing the backlog of Tram Driving Experiences a Midweek session was held.

All our trainees did very well and we wish them luck as they progress with their training.

As mentioned earlier this week 765 hasn't yet entered service for the season.As well as the paintwork being carried out ...
18/06/2021

As mentioned earlier this week 765 hasn't yet entered service for the season.

As well as the paintwork being carried out on the car it has also received attention to repair a leaky roof and attention from our engineers.

Test runs have recently been completed though and it is hoped that 765 will rejoin the operational fleet sometime next month.

As mentioned earlier this week 765 hasn't yet entered service for the season.

As well as the paintwork being carried out on the car it has also received attention to repair a leaky roof and attention from our engineers.

Test runs have recently been completed though and it is hoped that 765 will rejoin the operational fleet sometime next month.

#ThrowbackThursday We're off to Salford today the city tramways that lived under the shadow of its larger neighbour for ...
17/06/2021

#ThrowbackThursday We're off to Salford today the city tramways that lived under the shadow of its larger neighbour for all of their life, but worked hard to serve its citizens throughout until 1947. Possibly taken at the end of the route to Weaste where you can still see trams today on the Metrolink route to Eccles

#ThrowbackThursday We're off to Salford today the city tramways that lived under the shadow of its larger neighbour for all of their life, but worked hard to serve its citizens throughout until 1947. Possibly taken at the end of the route to Weaste where you can still see trams today on the Metrolink route to Eccles

If you do come and visit us then expect to get a ride on Blackpool 623 or Stockport 5 depending on volunteer availabilit...
15/06/2021

If you do come and visit us then expect to get a ride on Blackpool 623 or Stockport 5 depending on volunteer availability.

Hull 96 is on Tram driving experience duties until we reduce our backlog of bookings.

Manchester 765 is not yet available for the operating season

If you’re planning to come visit us at weekend, make sure you don't wait for us at Middleton Road.Head straight to Lakes...
14/06/2021

If you’re planning to come visit us at weekend, make sure you don't wait for us at Middleton Road.

Head straight to Lakeside, see our welcome stand & get yourself sorted for a tram ride, hopefully we will be able to get you on straight away, but if we're busy due to short capacity then we can get you booked on for a place.

If you’re planning to come visit us at weekend, make sure you don't wait for us at Middleton Road.

Head straight to Lakeside, see our welcome stand & get yourself sorted for a tram ride, hopefully we will be able to get you on straight away, but if we're busy due to short capacity then we can get you booked on for a place.

Great to see members of the tramway team helping out round the wider park to keep it looking tidy.
11/06/2021

Great to see members of the tramway team helping out round the wider park to keep it looking tidy.

#throwbackthursdayWe recently were given a collection of scanned photographs from our late Chairman Bob Hill. Among many...
10/06/2021

#throwbackthursday
We recently were given a collection of scanned photographs from our late Chairman Bob Hill. Among many images both of Bob's work in restoring our trams, were many he'd collected of original tramways including those around Manchester. This view shows 1927 built 'replacement car' at Southern Cemetery in the 1930s.

#throwbackthursday
We recently were given a collection of scanned photographs from our late Chairman Bob Hill. Among many images both of Bob's work in restoring our trams, were many he'd collected of original tramways including those around Manchester. This view shows 1927 built 'replacement car' at Southern Cemetery in the 1930s.

In Pictures: Heaton Park Tramway returns! | British Trams Online News
08/06/2021
In Pictures: Heaton Park Tramway returns! | British Trams Online News

In Pictures: Heaton Park Tramway returns! | British Trams Online News

Its been a great week for the Heaton Park Tramway as quickly following on from the news they have been Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service they are now back running again for the first time in 2021 – and the first normal operation since the pandemic began. On Saturday 5th June to mark the occasi...

Hi I’m Lucy!When I tell people about my favourite hobby, they’re usually surprised to hear that I spend a large portion ...
07/06/2021

Hi I’m Lucy!

When I tell people about my favourite hobby, they’re usually surprised to hear that I spend a large portion of my free time restoring heritage trams. Not only is it quite a rare hobby, being that there are now only a handful of Heritage Tramways still in operation across the country, it’s also a very male - dominated pass-time.

I started my volunteer journey with the MTMS when I was working in a fairly mundane office job and was simply looking to spend some more time outdoors, meet some new people and use some creative flair. It was by chance that I discovered the MTMS, and I feel so lucky to have found it. I never thought I would fall in love with the trams themselves, but I was so wrong!

Not only are they an important part of Manchester’s history but they are beautiful, ornate, hand-crafted machines with personalities of their own. I am continually learning from the other volunteers, who are all so passionate and willing to teach a huge range of skills. I have learnt to lay tram tracks, done delicate paintwork on the body of a tram older than my grand-parents and even helped lay the cement floor in our tram shed.

In the future, I can’t wait to learn how to become a Trolley-Guard, learn how to drive the trams and hopefully encourage more women volunteers to join the crew! This is the perfect hobby for women that have a creative streak, want to meet some amazing passionate people, do the odd bit of heavy lifting or get outside more.

If you'd like more information in getting involved with us then email: [email protected]

Hello, my name is Ethan. I have been volunteering at Heaton Park Tramway since December 2020; however, I have been a mem...
07/06/2021

Hello, my name is Ethan.

I have been volunteering at Heaton Park Tramway since December 2020; however, I have been a member since 2013. I first discovered the tramway as part of a bike ride with my parents. Ever since that day, I was hooked, and I wanted to keep coming back every weekend to ride the trams. As I grew up, I started to develop a passion and learn about how large the tram network used to be as well as the extensive history each tram had. I knew that I wanted to volunteer on the tramway from a young age to be a guard, which is why shortly after my 16th birthday, I asked if I could become a working member and they happily said yes!

During the Lightopia event last year, I helped with ground duties such as manning the Lakeside crossing. Even though it may only be considered a small role, it was a key part of the night's operation and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to help operate a tramway that I grew up with as well as talk to other people. The main reason why I enjoyed it was because we are all like a family – we all get along with each other, and we all have the same goal to make the tramway better! After Lightopia, I expressed my interest in becoming a guard, so I am hoping to begin the first stages of my training in early July. I honestly cannot wait to do my childhood dream and the reason why I am here at the tramway today is because of that bike ride back in 2013.

I actively encourage people to volunteer whether it is a heritage tramway such as ours or even something such as a Cafe as you will realise how rewarding it is to meet new people and develop a passion you may not think you would have had otherwise. I hope that you have enjoyed reading my profile and I look forward to seeing you at the tramway!

If you would like to Join us email [email protected] to find out more

Hello, my name is Ethan.

I have been volunteering at Heaton Park Tramway since December 2020; however, I have been a member since 2013. I first discovered the tramway as part of a bike ride with my parents. Ever since that day, I was hooked, and I wanted to keep coming back every weekend to ride the trams. As I grew up, I started to develop a passion and learn about how large the tram network used to be as well as the extensive history each tram had. I knew that I wanted to volunteer on the tramway from a young age to be a guard, which is why shortly after my 16th birthday, I asked if I could become a working member and they happily said yes!

During the Lightopia event last year, I helped with ground duties such as manning the Lakeside crossing. Even though it may only be considered a small role, it was a key part of the night's operation and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to help operate a tramway that I grew up with as well as talk to other people. The main reason why I enjoyed it was because we are all like a family – we all get along with each other, and we all have the same goal to make the tramway better! After Lightopia, I expressed my interest in becoming a guard, so I am hoping to begin the first stages of my training in early July. I honestly cannot wait to do my childhood dream and the reason why I am here at the tramway today is because of that bike ride back in 2013.

I actively encourage people to volunteer whether it is a heritage tramway such as ours or even something such as a Cafe as you will realise how rewarding it is to meet new people and develop a passion you may not think you would have had otherwise. I hope that you have enjoyed reading my profile and I look forward to seeing you at the tramway!

If you would like to Join us email [email protected] to find out more

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

Opening Hours

Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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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Sharon and Paul were brilliant on the tram today, and we all really very much enjoyed it, particularly our little boy who was in his element! Can't wait to return!  Here are a couple of photos of "96" today! https://www.facebook.com/ollyhitchenphotography/posts/1033349723869034
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Great to be back!
Congratulations on the Queens award. Fantastic news. 🚂😀
Do you have any plans/hope of extending the tram way in the park?
A couple of pictures of No. 1 on 10th March 2015.
I thought I asked a question on here, but it seems to have vanished. I am looking for a colour picture of Manchester 1007 on the last day - I have been asked if I can produce some transfers for an O gauge model someone is building and I want to know what colour the bunting round the tram was. Does anyone have a colour picture ? Thanks
I put the following on the Model Tramway group, but should have put it here too ! I have been asked if I can make a set of O gauge transfers for Manchester 1007 as it was on the last day. Does anyone have a colour picture of it ? Or does anyone know what colour bunting was used (I think it was multi coloured) ? It is the bunting that I want to try to re-create. Someone has suggested that there is a colour picture of the trams on the last day, but I haven't been able to find one ! Thanks
Nice to see the trams out
Are trams running in Sept ?
Nice to see some of the trams out