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Blackpool Tram 1 began a new series of numbering when she entered service in October 1972. She was rebuilt from English Electric "Railcoach" 616, which had entered service in 1935 as 269.
The trams were runumbered in 1968 to avoid confusing the council's computer which, apparently, did not know the difference between a bus and a tram. Mr Luff is said to have expressed the view that it must have been a bit dim.
The rebuild for One Man operation kept the 48 seats and the centre doors, which were now used for exit only. New entrance doors were beside the driver, and the controls were to his right. The idea could have worked better than it did, if only moew strengthening had been applied to the frames, which distorted.
In this view, she has lost the blackcurrant and custard livery in vavour of a more sedate strawberry and cream. She has just arrived at the Fleetwood Ferry terminus and is unloading. The blind has been changed already. It has to be said that the traditional step down from tram to road level was not ideal.
Photo taken by Pete Davies, Monday 15 September 1975, Fleetwood Terminus
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