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South Shields 196 | by Terry Pinnegar Photography
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South Shields 196

The latest change to the tram fleet at Beamish Museum is now complete and ready for service. The 1935-built former Oporto 196 has now been re-liveried as South Shields 196.

 

This tram, a four-wheeled single decker, was built by Boavista Works of Companhia Carris de Ferro do Porto (Oporto Tramways Company) to a 1909 American design. It is mounted on a Brill 21E design of truck, equipped with a pair of GE(USA) 270A 55hp motors, controlled from licensee-built B54E controllers.

 

The change is, perhaps, a little fanciful in that South Shields Corporation never had any trams of this type and, although their fleet did include single deckers, their highest fleet number when they closed in 1946 was "52" - so they never actually had a "196".

 

On a positive note, the tram looks magnificent and looks even better now that the eight advertising hoardings (including the iconic "Shop at Binns") have been added to the roof. Another credit to the work of Phil Anderson. You can see more of Phil's work on his website at www.philandersonsigns.co.uk

 

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Taken on August 31, 2012