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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Southampton 45

Southampton Corporation tramcar 45 arrived at Crich 50 years ago, on 29 October 1960.

It had been purchased from Southampton's Transport Department in 1948 for ten pounds, the first tramcar in Britain to be acquired for preservation by tramway enthusiasts.

The 1903-built low-height vehicle, with its upper-deck back-to-back 'knifeboard' seating, was one of a batch of electric cars designed to pass through Southampton's tight Bargate arch.

After leaving Southampton, it was stored for several years in Leeds and Blackpool, before moving in 1958 to the Montagu Motor Museum (today's National Motor Museum) at Beaulieu for outdoor display.

Leaving Beaulieu on 28 October 1960, it passed through Southampton on its journey north.

45 arrived at Crich the following day. Sheffield 510 also arrived that day.