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Iconic tram restored with HMG Paint

An iconic tram car built in 1901 has been restored back in to its original livery thanks to the help of HMG Paints colour matching expertise and professional painting team, Heritage Painting.

Martin Bryan, from the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester, came to HMG with the hope of restoring the 114 year old Hull 96 Tram to its original white and maroon livery. Over time the colours used in repaints have differed significantly from the trams original iconic colour scheme, but by using original panels as reference, HMG’s colour experts were able to achieve the perfect colour match which was supplied in HMG’s Coach Enamel, a traditional, ultra-high quality, high build, long oil synthetic enamel.
“I am very grateful I made contact with HMG Paints” said Martin, “as their knowledge, experience support and service has been fantastic, not just in matching the paint required but also helping me out with other queries. I guarantee I will be contacting them again soon for other projects.”
Heaton Park, Manchester is one of the largest municipal parks in Europe and is situated in the gardens of 18th Century Grade 1 listed Heaton Hall. The Tramway is run by the Manchester Transport Museum Society (MTMS) and the park is home to around 20 tram cars in an array of models. The tram line, now at 1km in length, runs through the park and is operated by volunteers.
The Hull 96, built in 1901 by Hurst Nelson for the Hull Corporation was originally an open top double deck car but by 1930 had a fully enclosed roof, much to the delight of the passengers riding the tram in the famous British weather. Hull 96 has now been running at Heaton Park since 1988, being of great use as a works car during the three track extensions the park has seen. By 2008 the car was in need of some attention and received body, truck and motor restoration and coated in an all grey colour.

In June of this year Martin came to HMG after struggling to find somewhere able to help him colour match the 114 year old original maroon colour. After visiting the website and learning of HMG’s colour matching services, Martin contacted Steve Hutton, HMG’s colour and quality Manager, who eagerly stepped in to help. “With the help of our colour computer, some polish, and our versatile tinting systems, we were able to match the original maroon colour” Steve said, “it was an interesting project and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

HMG Paints can produce paints in various colour ranges including; agricultural, decorative, industrial, commercial vehicle, pantone, NCS dimensions, RAL & British standard, and maintain an unrivalled colour library of more than 200,000 colours.

Our team of highly trained colour experts provide over 300 custom matches every month for a vast range of distributors and customers. There is no minimum order volume for the HMG colour matching service and the final colour can be used across a majority of HMG bases.