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Archive 2002


Sunday 6th October 2002


A line-up of buses from the Merseyside Transport Trust collection.
MTPS sales stands at Taylor Street.
78 is engulfed by potential passengers.
We may be able to squeeze you on, sir, but I'm afraid the horse will
have to tag along behind!
78 is diverted to Taylor St....
...for an appointment with the Mayor and Mayoress of Wallasey.
The Mayor and Mayoress cut the ribbon while Society
Secretary, Rob Jones looks pleased to see...
...Wallasey 78 finally inaugurated.
762 on Shore Road (from passing bus).
762 about to return to Woodside.
models at Pacific Road (1)
models at Pacific Road (2)
Classic cars at Woodside.
Woodside terminus.
The trams were well patronised.
Another view inside Pacific Road.



Following the death of local tram enthusiast, James Behan, the Behan family very kindly offered to the society a control panel and model tram depot which James had constructed. These have now been sold on and the sum of £50 has been added to society funds. Our thanks go to the Behan family and Dave Goulbourne (who initially contacted the society) for their generosity.



Tuesday 27th August 2002


The first run was curtailed by a spot of teething trouble with the tensioning of the trolley pole.
A bit of head scratching soon sorts it out!
Bank Holiday Monday 26th August, a fine summers day at last - not a cloud in the sky.
Rounding the curve into Shore Road. This section of Shore Road has now been transformed by the building of a construction site on both sides of the tramway (see below).


Friday 16th August 2002

It is intended that Wallasey 78 will make its inaugural run and be in service on Sunday 18th August 2002.



Tuesday 30th July 2002


HMRI after a final inspection of restored car 78, passed it for operation.An elated Keith Carmichael from the Tramshed said "I'm over the moon". Society Secretary Rob Jones said "we've been waiting nearly a year and had nearly given up hope but it's great news!"



Saturday 13th July 2002



Liverpool Car 245 has been given the go ahead (on 12.07.02) by NMGM for transport from the Museum Store in Bootle to the MTPS/ WBC museum and Tramsheds at Taylor St in Birkenhead.
"This succesful negotiation is the culmination of at least 4 years negotiations" said MTPS Secretary Rob Jones. "It's only phase 1 and leads to phase 2 - which is the Evaluation and Preparation of the Heritage Lottery Funding Bid".

In anticipation of this news Horse Car 43 has already been moved from the running lines, thus making space for another full length car. Committee member Keith Carmichael who got the move of the horse car started, said "I felt it in my water that something was about to happen". Another MTPS member reported that he had seen the car out of the end bay in Juniper st - obviously being checked by haulage firms as to what could and couldn't be done.

Two views of 245 at Juniper Street. Saturday 13th July 2002. ( the boat and pallettes in front of the car make me wonder whether it is intended to float 245 across!)
Ten to five on a sunny July day in 1957 as Babygrand 252 loads up at Pier Head. Maybe 245 was one of the following cars seen in the background. Forty-five years on will 245 be loading up across the river on the waterfront at Woodside? Let's hope so.


Conductor Courses

With a certain panache, MTPS Expert tram conductor Ron Martin instructs a group of trainees in the fine art
of turning the trolleypole.


MTPS celebrates the Queen's Jubilee
Birkenhead 20, decorated for the celebrations, stands outside Taylor Street depot in the evening sunlight.
MTPS members with Birkenhead 20.
Birkenhead 20, with a similarly decorative, but more recent vehicle at Pacific Road.


Friday 14th June 2002

Bob Bowden

Bob Bowden, Driver and Mechanic at Birkenhead Trams had a stroke on Tuesday 11th June and is currently in Arrowe park Hospital, Birkenhead. We wish him well and will miss him at the tramsheds. We look forward to his return.



Thursday 2nd May 2002

Spring News from the Museum

Left: A meeting between MTPS, WBC and NMGM has agreed in principle that 245 will come to Taylor St. for evaluation of an accurate lottery grant, (less than £50000), to be submitted.

Centre: The front of a Liverpool tram from Brian Martin's collection has been bequeathed to the museum and will go on display at Taylor St. courtesy of Mrs. Dot Martin.

Brian's favourite tram - 181 is seen here being taken for scrap in 1956 (B P Martin)

Right: MTPS member Keith Carmichael has been taken on at the museum for the summer to work as a conductor. Keith is well experienced at this having worked for Crosville and Crich (see pic - right). He brings his own enthusiasm to the job showing customers around our exhibits with his own particular kind of humour.


Sunday 17th March 2002

Work in Progress

One of the bogies from under Liverpool 762 receiving attention
from Ray Fripp, MTPS Membership Secretary, at Taylor Street.
MTPS Secretary, Rob Jones at work beneath Wallasey 78,
while Ray sorts out the bogie.
The propped-up body of 762 can be seen on the right of this picture.
Getting down to it.


Tuesday 12th March 2002

Official Launch of Wallasey 78 CANCELLED!

Unfortunately, the official launch of Wallasey 78 this coming Sunday (17th March) will NOT take place, as the safety work required by the Inspectorate has not been completed in time.
M.T.P.S. apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.


Friday 8th February 2002

Official Launch of Wallasey 78

Subject to approval by H.M.Railway Inspectorate, it is intended to launch Wallasey 78 on Sunday 17th March 2002. This date marks the centenary of the opening of Wallasey's electric tramways.

It is hoped to have a similar ceremony to the one for Birkenhead 20 (with less rain, perhaps), so dig out the old 1902 gear and come along. (Edwardian clothing not essential!)