In March 1960 a tour of the Glasgow tram system was organized by the Liverpool University Public Transport Society. The tour used ex Liverpool car 869 (re-numbered car 1055 in Glasgow) which was one of a number of "green goddesses" that had been sold to Glasgow during the run down of the Liverpool system. During that tour the idea of preserving car 869 came about.
After many years at Leeds and Crich, 869 was eventually returned to Liverpool in 1967 were space was made available for it in Green Lane Depot. After 12 years of fund raising and hard work by the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS), 869 was finally restored and in 1979 was returned to Crich Museum where it operates today. The society has since been very active in restoring other trams including Liverpool "English Electric" car 762 which can now been seen operating at Birkenhead, Merseyside.
Car 293, the official last tram remains at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Maine where it has been since soon after it last ran in Liverpool. This "Baby Grand" was operated at the musuem for a period but was later put in store, for many years out in the open. The car has had no restoration and is now in poor condition but was at least moved to covered storage.
The other "Baby Grand", car 245 which was preserved by Liverpool Corporation Transport also needed work and has become a project for the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS) at Birkenhead.
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