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Horse tram to return to service
New-look tram
The tram spent its latter years as both a hairdressers and a chip shop
A horse-drawn tram is to return to service in Greater Manchester - more than a century after it was last used.

The 19th century tram L53 was rescued from Glossop, where it was used as a hairdressers and a fish and chip shop.

After 25 years of restoration by members of the Manchester Transport Museum Society (MTMS), it will operate around Heaton Park from Sunday.

The tram is the only surviving complete horse tram from more than 500 designed by John Eades in 1877.

Mr Eades was manager of the Manchester Carriage and Tramways Company's coach building works at Ford Lane, Pendleton, Salford, from 1867 until 1903.

Original tram (North West Film Archive at Manchester Metropolitan University)
The tram was last used in and around Manchester in 1903

The tram, which was built by his firm, is unique among all surviving trams in that it used the horse's own power to turn the body of the tram round on its underframe when reaching the end of the tracks.

The tram was operated in and around Manchester until 1903.

Councillor Mike Kane, Manchester City Council's executive member for arts and leisure, said: "The Manchester Transport Museum Society have done a fantastic job in restoring the tram to its former glory and in rescuing this part of the city's heritage.

"Heaton Park is a popular family attraction and the tram will be an extremely welcome addition for visitors."



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