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Blackpool Pantograph 167 returns home

Probably the highlight of the past week has been the return of Blackpool Pantograph 167 to Crich after two very succesful loan spells at Beamish and Blackpool. 167 had left the familiar surroundings of the Crich Tramway Village back on 27th January and after three months at Beamish - where it proved popular - it moved on to Blackpool (28th April) where it proved even more popular with full loads on most of its journeys during its periods of operation on the heritage service. So just over four months after arriving in Blackpool (and seven since touching rails at Beamish) the tram is now back at Crich where it will play a starring role at the forthcoming Electric 50 celebrations (but more of that later!)

The loan of 167 to Blackpool has shown that it is possible for loan trams to run on the upgraded tramway and its popularity during its visit wil hopefully pave the way for further loans in the future. But lets not forget that the home fleet at Blackpool is also full of popular trams as can be seen with the recent return to service of Coronation 304 during the August Bank Holiday weekend. With the new Blackpool Heritage Trust now formed it seems the heritage operation is going from strength to strength.

And as promised back to Electric 50 at Crich! The last week has also seen the planned programme of events for this two day event released and it looks set to be an excellent event (we here at British Trams Online are certainly looking forward to it!) with three loan trams in action on both days (Blackpool & Fleetwood 40, Newcastle 114 and Blackpool 711) and also the planned launch of Blackpool 762 into service - for the first time in preservation. Up to 25 trams will be in action on each day and they will form cavalcades to show the development of Crich's tram fleet. We will have a full preview on the event shortly so keep an eye out on the News pages for this.

This week we also bring you another Photo Gallery, this time bringing you some more photos from the Isle of Man with 11 days of action enjoyed by David Mee including both the Manx Heritage Transport Festival and the preceeding Isle of Man 50 Group private hires.

31st August 2014

Picture of the Week: Blackpool Coronation 304 & Blackpool Brush 290

Two Blackpool trams which have dominated our news page of late are Brush car 290 and Coronation 304; therefore it seems fitting that both feature in this week's front page photo. 304 is seen at Pleasure Beach on one of its first test runs on 21st August prior to re-entering service a few days later, with the newly repainted 290 visible on its display siding in the background.
Photo: Colin Macleod

Upcoming Events

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th September: Autumn Gala Weeekend - East Anglia Transport Museum

Sunday 7th September: Trans Lancs Transport Show - Heaton Park Tramway

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September: Electric 50 - Crich Tramway Village

Full details of events for 2014 can be found on our Events Diary.

This page was last updated on Sunday 31st August 2014

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