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Blackpool Coronation Tram

Completed October 2012
Featured on Brick Fanatics on 8th October 2012
On display at Crich Tramway Village Models Weekend from 20th October 2012 to 21st October 2012
On display at Stafford Model Railway Exhibition from 2nd February 2013 to 3rd February 2013
Side view of a LEGOŽ model of a Blackpool Coronation tram

A number of years ago, I wanted to build a large scale tram from LEGOŽ bricks, but the idea never really went very far and I don't really have the space for it. After various ideas and inspiration from pictures of other models, I eventually decided to try to build a smaller scale one. The decision was made to try to build a Blackpool Coronation Car having found a scale drawing published in a Blackpool Tram book. I scanned the drawing into the computer and then printed it out to be approximately O gauge (7mm = 1 foot), which made my LEGOŽ version of the tram 7 studs wide and about 43 studs long.

Working over the top of the scale drawing, I managed to make some good progress with designing most of the Blackpool Coronation and keeping it to scale, but the front windows and the doors at the centre of the tram proved difficult, so I left those until I'd completed the rest of the model in the correct colours. After a few days of playing with different possible ideas for the doors and front winndows, I did eventually come up with a solution that seemed to work fairly well.

The tower for the trolley arm to sit on top of was another difficult part of the model. The top is supported by a couple of clear parts in the centre, while the upright parts on the corners are actually short lengths of electrical cable bought from Maplins that are bent to shape. This is more flexible than the official 3mm flexible tubing that LEGOŽ produce and alot easier to get hold of in white.

Although I've included many details such as the springs on the trolley base, aswell as the fenders and tow bar coupling on each end, I did miss off the headlights. The bogies, wheels and lifeguards are also in the wrong colours, but I think I've managed a fair representation using the parts and colours available. This is only a static model though, so won't run on any of the LEGOŽ train sets, but it is the correct gauge for the tracks that LEGOŽ produce. Due to the design of the bogies and side panels, there isn't space for the bogies to rotate, so can't negotiate any curves.

For displaying my LEGOŽ Blackpool Coronation tram, I built a basic plinth for it to stand on that looks like a section of road with tram tracks running along it. The main road is buit with the bricks on their side, using 1 x 4 bricks with a groove running along the length of one side as the tram rails. I also added a small plaque at the front of the plinth to say what the model is.

Click on the images to go to my Flickr page if you wish to leave a comment about my model.

Overall view of a LEGOŽ model of a Blackpool Coronation tram

A close up of one end of a LEGOŽ model of a Blackpool Coronation tram

A close up from the side view showing the centre entrance doors and the trolley towerof a LEGOŽ model of a Blackpool Coronation tram

A close up from the side view showing the slight angle to the front windscreen of a LEGOŽ model of a Blackpool Coronation tram

View of the roof of the tram aswell as the trolley arm and trolley tower of a LEGOŽ model of a Blackpool Coronation tram

For those that don't know what a Blackpool Coronation tram looks like, I've created the following image. A quick comparison picture between a LEGOŽ model of a Blackpool Coronation tram and the real thing

And another similar comparison picture comparing the detail of the trolley base on the model and a real trolley base on display at Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire. A quick comparison picture between the trolley base on a LEGOŽ model of a Blackpool Coronation tram and a real trolley base on display at Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire

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