Manchester 765

Built in 1914, 765 was one of a third series of combination cars built for routes with low bridges. The combination cars were built with a central saloon and open smoking compartments at each end. 

The conversion of the ’53’ route to buses in 1930 led to most of the combination cars being sold or scrapped. By 1931 only 6 remained, being confined to works duties. The last – 847 – survived until 1948.

The only surviving combination car of those sold was 765. Its body was stored at Pioneer Farm, Blackmoorfoot, near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. In 1960, members of the then Manchester Transport Historical Collection (later to become the MTMS) set about preserving the tram. 

(MTMS archive)

(765 at Crich – MTMS Archive)

After temporary open-air storage at Crich, 765 was moved to Birchfields Road depot at Old Trafford for restoration. 

(MTMS Archive) 

(MTMS Archive) 

It later went back to Crich, running for a couple of years before finally returning home to Manchester in 1979. Since that time 765 has operated regularly at Heaton Park. In 1985, 765 was one of many trams visiting Blackpool to celebrate their tramway centenary. 

765 returned to Blackpool in 2010 for the tramway’s 125th celebrations.

765 then went to Beamish for the Great North Steam Fair in April 2011.

Following a successful appearance, 765 returned to Heaton Park in May 2011.

In February 2019 Manchester 765 left Heaton Park to visit Beamish once again.

This time to take part in Bemish’s Great North Steam Fair 2019.

After a week in Beamish’s workshop for inspection, 765 was ready for a day of test runs.

Manchester 765 testing

Manchester 765 basked in the sunshine today whilst completing a number of circuits around the Tramway as part of its running-in trials.765 is visiting us from Heaton Park Tramway and will star in our Great North Steam Fair from 11th to 14th April 2019. It's currently receiving some maintenance work in our workshops to get it ready for the big event!For more information about our Great North Steam Fair, please visit

Posted by Beamish Museum on Friday, 15 February 2019

On Tuesday the 2nd of July 765 left Beamish to return back to Heaton Park Tramway, in time for the annual “Tramtastic” event.

We waved goodbye to Manchester 765 this morning as it headed back to its home at Heaton Park Tramway! Did you have a trip on 765 whilst it was visiting us?

Posted by Beamish Museum on Tuesday, 2 July 2019

After spending a little longer on the M62 than anticipated, 765 eventually returns back to the park on Wednesday 3rd of July

After unloading, the engineering team quickly rebuilt the life guards and preformed a re-commissioning service, ready for the Tramtastic event a week later.

The Engineering team pose for a quick photo during 765s recommissioning test runs.