As much as it's a relief to see some trace of the system's history retained, I really think they've utterly ruined 700.
She was clearly an ideal candidate as a heritage car; already in near-original condition, well kept and looking absolutely superb. Why on earth did they have to go and carry out a bizarre half-rebuild?! She now looks awful, with heritage-spec destination screens, cab visors and square-edged windows, but with a bloody great pair of automatic doors each side and now a totally mis-matched modern livery as well, it makes you want to weep. As sad as it is to see those other cars stuffed and in a museum instead of out on the steel where they should be, I can't help feeling that 700 would have been better off joining them
And yet, we have 717 - which looks amazing I must say, all credit to the depot staff - which already has the front end mods, and surely would have been a far more logical candidate? Seems BT have lost the plot in every sense.
Anyway, excellent pics by the way!
Three 'Boats' have been retained. One was out on Sunday till it failed, and unfortunately the public didn't seem to be using the Heritage Trams - the handful of people riding on them on Sunday were enthusiasts, rather than tourists. On the other hand, a lot of the Flexity trams were full and standing. There are plans, I believe, to use Heritage trams on the Illuminations Tours when they start. I guess the success of these will depend on whether people are prepared to fork out to travel on them.