Model Tramcar – St Austell
All aboard . . . self-confessed tramcar nut Peter Hallam adding the finishing touches to St Austell and District 41, the 13ft working model which took 12 months to build.
Peter, who has staged several steam engine and vintage vehicle rallies around the St. Austell area over the years, unveiled the mini engineering wonder during a visit to St. Austell signwriters Parc Signs. The model is based on trams used by the Manx Electric Railway which Peter drove while he was on holiday in the Isle of Man.
“Once in the drivers seat, I had the bug and just had to make my own tram. It’s been a real labour of love but the end result has been well worth it.”
“I’ve also made sure of a patriotic touch by spraying her black and gold and giving her a St. Austell name” said Peter.
He plans to display the tram at events around the county using a stretch of portable tram track.
Peter said the newspaper report was a little far fetched – “Once in the driver’s seat” and they said it was “black and gold” in fact it is red, white and striped black and gold along with the numbering.
He promised a full report for Tramfare when the car is operational, in the meantime there is an invitation to any TLRS member in the area to have a look. Peter is to be found at 41 Gannet Drive, St. Austell.
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