Liverpool Tramcar 245, restored by a partnership between National Museums Liverpool, Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS) and Wirral Borough Council over a six year period, was launched back into service on 12 September 2015. Following on from winning Tram of the Year for 2015 it has now been voted the Heritage Railway Association ‘Carriage and Wagon Award for self propelled vehicles.’ The award was presented by railway enthusiast and record producer Pete Waterman at a ceremony in Birmingham on 9 February. Rob Jones from MTPS proudly collected the award on behalf of the partners in the restoration project.
Tramcar 245, a Baby Grand, was built by Liverpool Corporation Tramways Edge Lane Works in 1938 and entered service on 3 July that year. It ran on the tramway until 1957 when it took part in the parade to mark the end of Liverpool's tramway operations on 14 September.
The tram was restored with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the work was carried out by the highly skilled volunteers from MTPS.
Find out more about the restoration project on our website. Tramcar 245 now runs on the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway.