Manchester 173 at Morley, 2 August 2014

The visit to Morley went very well despite some proper Pennine weather.   

On the Friday  (Yorkshire Day) a group of volunteers from Heaton Park loaded the tram onto a Gillespie’s low loader in the pouring rain.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next morning it was taken over the hills to Morley

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArriving at 7.50am.  It was then positioned in Peel Street with a poster in front of it showing the original recruiting tram.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring the day it was used as an impromptu stage for two singers performing a medley of WWI era songs.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd the Mayor of Morley was photographed on the platform of the tram, in between rain showers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were rather dissapointed as Leeds City Council rescinded permission to park the tram next to the Town hall, at the last minute.  However we were able to see the Town hall from where we were parked.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen just after 4pm  the tractor unit was re-coupled and reversed carefully down Peel Steet then turned around for the journey home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArriving at Heaton Park about an our later the ramp was quickly built and the careful journey back to home rails began.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe final part of the ramp consisted of two taper pieces specially made that week after a design conference over the telephone.  These had two pegs on their inside faces that  held the rails to gauge and ensured that the wheels came correctly onto the track.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen finally at 18.02, less than 3 hours after the tram left Peel Street in Morley it was back on home rails.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI hope it won’t be another 79 years before a tram comes to Morley again but don’t hold your breath.

A grateful thanks to all the hard working volunteers at Heaton Park for making this possible and LTHS member Dennis Marshall for coming up with the idea.