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Resort's tram could soon be moving again

PUBLISHED: 16:57 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:25 30 June 2010

A tram which served passengers more than 100 years ago could soon be moving under its own power again thanks to volunteers at an east coast museum.

Enthusiasts at the East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville have spent the last five years rebuilding parts of Lowestoft's old number 14 Milnes 1904 tram.

A tram which served passengers more than 100 years ago could soon be moving under its own power again thanks to volunteers at an east coast museum.

Enthusiasts at the East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville have spent the last five years rebuilding parts of Lowestoft's old number 14 Milnes 1904 tram.

Later this month, the partially-completed vehicle is going to be on display for visitors for the first time at the museum's annual classic and vintage weekend.

The museum has been working with local charity Sold (Special Objectives for Local Disabled), where volunteers have undertaken many of the woodworking tasks to make the panels for the tram.

One of the restorers, David Mackley, has also just written a book called Lowestoft Tramways and said that restoring the Lowestoft number 14 has been a long-held ambition at the museum.

“When I became more active in the museum about 15 years ago, someone mentioned that we could make the number 14 into a working tram again.

“We had to take the whole tram to pieces and most of the structure has been rebuilt using the old parts as patterns. There are also some original bits of metal work and the roof is original.

“Eventually we're hoping it will actually be able to move and carry passengers once again,” he said.

The museum's classic and vintage weekend takes place on April 24 and 25, from 11am to 5pm. Buses from the collection will be running a free half-hourly service into Lowestoft, serving the bus and railway stations and the seafront. David Mackley's book, Lowestoft Tramways, will be officially launched at the event.


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