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Ex. Blackpool Corporation Tramways "Marton Vambac" Car No. 11.
I had noted this at the time as being Chichester but on doing further research now, the location is actually the goods yard on the north side of the line at Havant Station. The houses in the background are on Eastern Road and 11 would now be in the middle of the Network Rail yard between Centenary Gardens and the railway line.
The tram was awaiting a decision regarding plans to reopen the Havant to Hayling Island branch railway line which had closed in 1963. The reason for the closure of the line was the need to replace Langstone Bridge in the near future. I imagine that the reason for choosing a tram for re-opening was that it's light weight would avoid renewing the bridge. Wikipedia notes that without support from the local authority the plan came to nought.
I have no idea whether the intention was to erect overhead or to use the tram as some sort of trailer as the line was not previously electrified. Note also that the trolley pole has been removed presumably as it would potentially be out of gauge but there would also be the possibility of it springing up if it came untied during transit.

Photo taken by Peter Cook, mid-1965, Railway Station, Havant

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