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Leeds 359 was new in July 1922 and was a top covered open balcony tram built at Kirkstall Road works, by the transport department, seating 36/22 in the body mounted on a Hurst Nelson 21E truck which was replaced by a Peckham P.22 Pendulum truck c1925. The balconies were enclosed in June 1936 and it was last repainted in June 1946, being withdrawn from service on 24th April 1951. It was converted to a decorated car for the Festival of Britain with a revolving globe of the world mounted at one end.
It was used later for other events including a Leeds University Rag week and for a National Savings week as seen here at the terminus at Whingate with a banner obstructing the view of the globe. It was last used on 16th April 1955 and was burned at Lowfields Road Permanent Way Yard.
Photo taken by John Kaye, Friday 18 March 1955, Whingate, Leeds
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