A Birkenhead car under construction at Hong Kong Whitty Street Depot in 1992. (TVR)
Before going into service in Birkenhead at the end of 1994, the two HKT-built trams went to Blackpool. They rarely ventured out into the network except on private charters, partly because of a propensity to derail on Blackpool’s sleeper track.
Birkenhead’s short tramway is normally open only on Saturdays and Sundays. It runs west from the Woodside Ferry Terminal to Egerton Bridge, where it turns south to terminate by Taylor Street Depot. The total line length is approximately one mile (1.6 km). Woodside Ferry Terminal is served by the solitary serviceable Mersey Ferry: the Mersey ferries once bore comparison with the ‘Star’ Ferry in Hong Kong, but the remaining ferry service is expensive, infrequent and aimed at tourists. As for the tramway, until recently there had been plans to expand the initial line into a functioning network, but this idea has not been pursued. The tramway operates under the auspices of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society.
A strange face to face shot of the two Birkenhead HK cars in the museum(Sunset Dan Photo)
BT 70 leaving Blackpool’s Rigby Road Depot en route to Birkenhead.
Photo: Tony Armitage (JUN-1994)
Photo: B. J. Cross (Ash Street, Fleetwood, 17-JUL-1994)
BT 69 in contemporary blue livery inside the depot. (Sincere thanks to Chris)
Today tram 69 sports this modern Birkenhead livery. The original trams in Birkenhead had long ceased operation before this splendid livery was introduced on the town’s buses.
Photo: John Harrison (Woodside Ferry terminus, Birkenhead, 19-MAY-2007)
Birkenhead 70 waits for its trolley pole to be reversed
Special thanks to calflier001
An interesting view of a Hong Kong tram, which had been based on British technology and practice, operating in its ‘spiritual motherland’.
BT 69: David Flett Photo (7-MAR-2009, Birkenhead East, UK)
This good monochrome shot of Birkenhead 69 resembles old photographs of Hong Kong trams.
In this picture Birkenhead 70 has been decorated to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Birkenhead’s original trams in 2010. In the background is single-deck Lisbon tram 730.
BT 69&70: David Photo (3-OCT-2010, Birkenhead East)
A relatively rare photograph of Birkenhead 70 at Fleetwood Ferry terminus, north of Blackpool.
Photo: Tony Armitage (18-JUL-1993)
BT 70 approaching Shore Road Gate, Birkenhead.
Photo: Lars F. Richter (13-MAY-1995)
This view shows Birkenhead 70 displayed in Taylor Street Depot, with former Liverpool Corporation ‘Baby Grand’ 245 behind. (Special thanks to Alexander Cunningham)