Friday, 6 May 2011

Staircase stanchions trial fitted

Recently fabricated by Bri-Met Engineering in Poulton are the staircase stanchions for 143, copied directly from a set borrowed off Standard 147. They were trial fitted to 143 on Thursday 5th May and this has revealed a few minor tweaks are required, but these are best done in situ.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Standard 143 update

It has been a long 8-months with seemingly no visible progress on Standard 143. However, behind the scenes has not been inactive.

Work on preparing the double deck Balloon cars with widened doorways for the post-2012 tramway has occupied the workshops over the winter months and there is a growing uncertainty over the role of the 'vintage' trams on the upgraded tramway. Both of these issues have resulted in Blackpool Transport parking up 143 over the winter months.

However, a kit of body parts required to complete the bodywork restoration of 143 now exists and awaits assembly. For example, the open balcony stanchions and panelling, the balcony staircase panelling, staircase grab rails and balcony seat brackets and the end destination boxes. All of these are ready to be delivered to Rigby Road depot for fitting to 143.

We are currently discussing with Blackpool Transport an arrangement whereby the LTT would contract BTS to do the work over the summer months.