Friday, 27 July 2012

Tramnik One lights up

Blackpool's Illuminations Department have made excellent progress with the refurbishment of the our preserved Rocket tram (732) which they are overhauling for static display during this year's illuminations. The Rocket is set to make its return to Blackpool's Promenade as the centrepiece of a 'space theme' display which will occupy Gynn Square roundabout this year, returning the tram to prominence for the centenary of Blackpool's illuminations.  
Progress so far has seen the tram stripped of most of its external illuminations (although not yet those from the nose cone, as seen here), which will be replaced, whilst the lighting circuits to the headlamps and advertising panels have been repaired and energised. The cab has received a repaint in dark green, carried by the tram in its latter years in use and replacing the original blue, much improving its appearance.

The lower skirt panels and rear fins, removed to assist with transportation of the car from Rigby Road, will be replaced by removable sections to allow for future movement of the tram.