Sunday, 3 February 2013

Tigerrific tram to return

The iconic Tigerrific advert tram is to return! Car 622, acquired in 2010 to provide a set of overhauled trucks to roll under car 632 (sponsored by TRAMS magazine), was never intended for preservation. Following an approach by Anchorsholme Primary School in Cleveleys, car 622 is to gain a new lease of life as a static classroom within the school grounds and in respect of the tram's heritage, the Tigerrific style advert livery is to be reapplied.
Some interior upgrading will also feature in the work. Four seats will be removed at each of the cab ends of the tram to be replaced by a teacher's desk, whilst concealed fluorsecent lighting, floor mounted fan heaters and some power sockets will also be installed. However, the majority of the swingover seats will be retained for classroom seating. Work is expected to start on the preparation of the tram later this month with on-site delivery possibly during the Easter school holidays.
The work on 622 is being funded by Anchorsholme School, in partnership with Blackpool Council and with contributions from the ward budget of Councillors Tony Williams (Leader of the Conservative Group) and Paul Galley.