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Taken at 12.40 a.m. in Park Row, City Square, Leeds, where the two Rail Derricks, 1 & 2, were removing the overhead wiring after the last tram from Lawnswood had passed through City Square.
I had photographed the last tram, Horsfield 222, at Lawnswood at 11.55 p.m. on the 3rd March, and travelled on it, departing at 11.56 p.m., to City Square, arriving there c.12.20 a.m. on the 4th. Waiting at the crossover at the top of Cookridge Street, as we passed, was Rail Derrick 2 (ex tram 420), which then used the crossover to follow 222 towards town.
Rail Derrick 1 (ex-2) was waiting on the outbound track and they both then removed the overhead wiring, running by gravity from Park Row to Bishopsgate Street, after the service had ceased.
Rail Derrick 1, which had been renumbered from 2 in 1953, and is now preserved at Crich displaying its original number, had been constructed in 1931, using the truck from tram 110A (ex-110), The tower, third hand, had come from a previous Rail Derrick where it had been fitted as a second-hand unit, mounted on a Four Wheel Drive Lorry Co. Ltd. standard railroad chassis, entering service in April 1925. The tower had originally been fitted to a horse derrick, one of the four built between 1897 and 1902.
In December 1953 the truck under Rail Derrick 2, which had come from 110A, was replaced by the truck from the previous Rail Derrick 1, which had come from tram 80A (ex-80) in January 1935, and it was then renumbered from 2 to 1, because new Rail Derrick 2, seen alongside, had been converted from tram 420 in September 1953.
The exposure data was:- taken on Ilford FP3 film using a Balda "Rangefinder Baldix" 2¼" square camera : f-8 at 1/50th second, 40' focus and a PF14 flash-bulb.
Photo taken by John Kaye, Sunday 4 March 1956, Park Row, City Square, Leeds
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