Heaton Park gets ready for Stockport No. 5’s comeback

SOLE-surviving Stockport Corporation tram – No. 5 – is on the cusp of its post-overhaul return to service at the Heaton Park Tramway.

The 1901-built Dick, Kerr open-top four-wheeler is owned by the Stockport 5 Tramway Trust, but in the care of the Manchester Transport Museum Society (MTMS).

Stockport Corporation No. 5 at Heaton Park following completion by Heritage Painting. IAN HEWITT

It was first restored in 1996, and initially saw service in Blackpool, before arriving at Heaton Park in 2011.

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After further renovation work it joined the working fleet in early 2013, but had to be withdrawn the following year owing to a ‘minor’ leak in the upper deck floor/lower deck roof.

Further inspection revealed the leak was more severe than originally thought, resulting in rotten roof timbers and considerable water damage.

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