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Blackpool Tram 9, new as 266 in 1935, built by English Electric as one of the second batch of "Railcoaches". She had 48 seats, in two saloons of 24 each. In the renumbering of 1968, she became 613 and was withdrawn in March 1973.
Withdrawal at the start of the season may seem a little odd, but there we are. She emerged from workshops in December 1974 rebuilt to the "one man car" layout, receiving a new cab end on what was more or less the original body. In order to distinguish these vehicles from the 'normal' ones, they were given the new livery of "sunshine yellow with crimson roof", which I term blackcurrant and custard. As with the Brush cars, some were given illuminated advertising panels on the roof - as we see on number 2, behind her - but not all of either type had them.
The view was taken at Fleetwood Ferry on the afternoon of Tuesday 20 May 1975 so, in this form, 9 was less than six months old.
Photo taken by Pete Davies, Tuesday 20 May 1975, Fleetwood Terminus
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