Race to get ‘Coronation’ tram running for 80th birthday


By Hugh Dougherty

THE race is on to complete the restoration of Glasgow ‘Coronation’ tram No. 1245 in time for the streamliner’s 80th birthday.

Glasgow ‘Coronation’ tram No. 1245 under restoration for its 80th birthday in 2019. HUGH DOUGHERTY

Members of the Summerlee Transport Group have reunited the tram’s top and bottom decks in the Coatbridge museum’s workshop and are working hard to complete the work by May 2019, 80 years after the tram entered service.

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Bogies and motors have already been overhauled and work is continuing on the controllers and control gear, with the group designing a 21st century simplified electronic system, while keeping much of the original equipment, to allow the tram to operate on the museum’s heritage tramway.

Body panelling and interior fitting out is now underway to recapture the luxurious, art deco finish of the original tram, which, like its class sisters, was built at Glasgow’s Coplawhill Works, just before the outbreak of the Second World War.

When completely restored, No. 1245, which was purchased privately for preservation in 1962, and which spent periods of time at the East Anglia Transport Museum and at Blackpool, before arriving at Summerlee in 2003, will share its status as an operating Glasgow ‘Coronation’ tram with the Crich Tramway Village’s No. 1282.

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