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Engineering students bring Albert to life

Published on 26/02/2020 by DTHACK

B&FC students have been instrumental in the reconstruction of a World War I tank tram.

The young engineers started working on 'Albert', the four-fifth scale tank tram developed with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, after discovering it during a visit to

Blackpool Transport's heritage centre. The machine needed some work and students offered to help out as part of their industrial placements.

Since then students have worked with the CAD drawings of project leader Nick Valentine - who last weekend showcased the machine at the CHAIN 2020 engineering event in Manchester - to ensure work on the tank tram was carried out to faithfully represent the original, which would have been used to rally people across the UK to buy bonds sponsoring the war effort.

B&FC engineering tutor Adam Plummer said: "This project has had a real impact on our students.

“They've not only been able to work on a large-scale engineering project - but learned a great deal about our history and how feats of engineering made a huge difference to the UK and wider world.

"The tank tram project has given the students a real feel of engineering and construction. This experience will stay them for the rest of their lives."