Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Tram car garden office comes to auction

Here's a chance to own a garden office with considerable pedigree. Going under the hammer at Charterhouse Auctions next month is this 100-year-old Bournemouth tram car, No. 113, built by the Brush Electrical Enginnering Company and in original condition. Lovely in itself, the 23ft x 7.5ft build which originally ran between Lansdowne and Southbourne has also spent the last decade as the garden office of Richard Lee who runs Plankbridge.

"It has been like an old friend in the workshop," says Richard, who found it at a farm in Milton Abbas, "with its peeling yellow and ochre paintwork, ruby coloured glass panels and lovely old painted signage with ‘NO SMOKING ALLOWED’, ‘15 SEATS EACH SIDE’ and ‘DO NOT SPIT IN THE CAR’."

Richard Bromell from Charterhouse (pictured above with Richard) said: " We never know what we are going to be asked to auction. In nearly 40 years of working in auctioneering, this is certainly the first time I have been asked to sell a full sized tram car! 

The estimate is £3,000-4,000.


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