Open Boat 605 departed for Beamish on Wednesday 29th February, after our leap year proposal was accepted by the museum for a two year loan of the tram. Travelling via the M55 and M6 motorways north to Penrith, 605 stayed at Scotch Corner overnight after crossing the Pennines on the A66. It arrived at Beamish on 1st March at 08:15 and touched down one hour later. As usual Scotts Heavy Haulage did an excellent job and the tram was safely unloaded before the start of the day's tram service.
No time was lost in washing off 28-months of dust and dirt accumulated since it last operated in service on Blackpool promenade back in October 2009. Meanwhile, the Beamish Tram Group volunteers started work on dismantling the trolley tower ready for shotblasting and restoration work.