Some exciting news concerning Gateshead tram No.10…
Appeal for funds launched to recreate British Railways tram No.26 as operating on the Grismby & Immingham Electric Railway.
As many readers of this blog will know, Gateshead tram No.10’s career extended beyond its withdrawal from service in Gateshead in 1951, with a new working life owned by British Railways and working on the Grimsby & Immingham Electric Railway. The transfer of ownership brought about a marked change in appearance with the tram (renumbered ’26’ by BR) loosing its distinctive roof adverts and gaining an all over green livery complete with white fenders and BR crest (in this case a Mk 1 coach style roundel).
For many years enthusiasts have asked us if we would ever consider a repaint into green and so, with a full repaint looming, the opportunity has presented itself and the intention is to return 10 to its old guise as No.26, sans adverts and in BR green in time for the 30th August – 2nd September Power from the Past event. It will then operate through the autumn and winter in this guise, being withdrawn in the early spring for full restoration (and some overhaul work) as Gateshead 10 once again – in time for the Beamish Tramway’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
To help cover the costs of the repaint we are therefore launching an appeal via the Just Giving website (there is a link to the right of this post) and I would urge anyone wanting to support this endevour to help us by contibuting to the appeal, which aims to cover a percentage of the cost of this work.
The tram will also be booked to appear at our Saturday 1st September evening photographers evening and will also be available for private charter work upon request. This is the last opportunity for some time that this livery can be carried as the next repaint of the car will not be due for (hopefully!) at least 15 years.
Below: A selection of images, seen on this blog previously, showing a former Gateshead tram on the G&I system in green as well as two views of No.26 when stored at Clay Cross after being selected by the British Transport COmmission for preservation. This is the appearance we can look forward to seeing this tram recreating once again, if sufficient funds can be raised via our Just Giving appeal.