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To aid visibility of the current status of the trams on this fleet list the following colour coding is used:
Operational, Under Attention/Overhaul/Restoration, Stored/Withdrawn, On loan elsewhere

Flexity2 - "A" fleet

Built: 2010-2 by Bombardier, Bautzen, Germany
Seats: 74 (plus room for 148 standing)
Motors: 4 x 120kW (160 hp) three phase AC traction motors
Power Conductor: Single Arm Pantograph
Depot: Starr Gate

No. Date Delivered Entered Service Livery Name Link
001 29th August 2011 4th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
002 16th December 2011 / 1st November 2012 5th April 2012 Purple & White Alderman E.E. Wynne Photo
003 4th February 2012 12th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
004 17th November 2011 4th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
005 9th December 2011 6th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
006 2nd February 2012 4th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
007 17th February 2012 4th April 2012 Purple & White Alan Whitbread Photo
008 2nd March 2012 4th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
009 8th March 2012 4th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
010 16th March 2012 5th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
011 23rd March 2012 4th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
012 5th April 2012 26th April 2012 Purple & White Photo
013 27th April 2012 18th May 2012 Purple & White Photo
014 11th May 2012 18th May 2012 Purple & White Photo
015 8th June 2012 29th June 2012 Purple & White Photo
016 25th June 2012 3rd July 2012 Advert for Fleetwood Freeport Photo

Notes:
002 originally arrived in Blackpool on 16th December 2011 and saw use on driver training before making its debut in service on 5th April 2012. However it was only used in passenger service once - although extensive use was made of the tram on Driver Training - before being returned to Bombardier at Bautzen on 12th May 2012 for some unspecified work to take place. Once this work was completed the tram was displayed at InnoTrans 2012 in Berlin during September 2012. It was finally returned to Blackpool on 1st November 2012.
003 was originally delivered to Derby for testing purposes before moving on to Blackpool. The date in the delivered column is the date it was delivered to Starr Gate Depot.

Modified Balloon Cars - "B" Fleet

Originally Built: 1934-5 by English Electric, Preston
Seats: 700, 713, 719 & 720 - 94 (54 upper/40 lower). 707, 709, 711, 718, 724 - 92 (52 upper/40 lower).
Motors: 2 x EE 305 type, 57h.p. (25Kw)
Trucks: EE 4ft 9ins. wheelbase
Controllers: 2 x EE Z6
Power Conductor: Diamond Pantograph
Depot: Rigby Road

No. Entered Service Livery Name Link
700 February 1934 Purple & White Photo
707 September 1934 Advert for Coral Island Buccaneer Bar Photo
709 October 1934 Advert for Sealife Centre Photo
711 October 1934 Purple & White Ray Roberts Photo
713 December 1934 Advert for Houndshill Shopping Centre Photo
718 December 1934 All over White
719 February 1935 Purple & White Donna's Dream House Photo
720 February 1935 Advert for Walls Ice Cream Photo
724 February 1935 Advert for Lyndene Hotel Photo

Notes:
All these trams have been modified to enable their operation on the upgraded tramway with the most obvious change being the widened centre entrances.
700, 711, 713, 718 & 719 are operational and see use on additional services at busy times and occasionally on heritage services.
718 returned to service on 15th July following the removal of its expired all over advertising vinyls.
707, 709, 718 and 724 were rebuilt in the last 1990s/early 2000s with flat fronts which were at one time unofficially known as "Millenium Cars".

Heritage Trams - "C" Fleet

All heritage trams are based at Rigby Road Depot.

Tram Originally Entered Service Livery Power Conductor Name Link
Blackpool OMO 8 June 1974 Plum & Custard - Photo
Blackpool Marton Box 31 April 1901 Red, White & Teak Trolley Photo
Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 April 1914 Varnished Woodwork & Cream Trolley Photo
Lytham 43 1924 Blue & White - Photo
Bolton 66 1901 Maroon & Cream Trolley Photo
Blackpool Standard 143 April 1924 Red, White & Teak - Photo
Blackpool Standard 147 June 1924 Green & Cream Trolley Michael Airey Photo
Blackpool Boat 227 July 1934 Red & White Trolley Photo
Blackpool Boat 230 August 1934 Green & Cream Trolley George Formby OBE Photo
Blackpool Brush 259 July 1937 Works Green - Photo
Blackpool Twin Car 272+T2 September 1960 Cream Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Railcoach 279 July 1935 - Photo
Blackpool Brush 290 August 1937 Green & Cream - Photo
Blackpool Coronation 304 June 1952 Cream & Green Trolley Photo
Blackpool Boat 600 January 1934 Green & Cream Trolley Duchess of Cornwall Photo
Blackpool Brush 631 August 1937 Green & Cream Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Brush 632 August 1937 Green & Cream - Photo
Blackpool Brush 634 September 1937 Green & Cream - Photo
Blackpool Centenary 642 December 1986 Yellow Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Centenary 648 January 1990 Green & Cream Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Coronation 660 August 1953 Cream & Green Trolley Photo
Blackpool Coronation 663 December 1953 Green & Cream - - Photo
Blackpool Twin Car 671+681 November 1960 Green & Yellow - Photo
Blackpool Twin Car 675+685 March 1958 Green & Cream Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Twin Car 676+686 March 1958 Green & Cream - Photo
Blackpool Ex-Towing Railcoach 680 December 1960 Green & Cream Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Balloon 701 September 1934 Red & White Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Balloon 704 September 1934 Advert for Eclipse at the Globe, Pleasure Beach - Photo
Blackpool Open Top Balloon 706 September 1934 Green & Cream Trolley Princess Alice Photo
Blackpool Balloon 715 January 1935 Green & Cream Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Balloon 717 December 1934 Green & Cream Diamond Pantograph Walter Luff Photo
Blackpool Balloon 723 January 1935 Green & Cream Diamond Pantograph Photo
Illuminated Rocket 732 September 1961 Green - Photo
Illuminated Western Train 733+734 September 1962 Red, Green & Yellow Diamond Pantograph Photo
Illuminated Frigate 736 August 1965 White Diamond Pantograph HMS Blackpool Photo
Illuminated Trawler 737 August 2001 Blue, Red, Black & White Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Jubilee 761 July 1979 Advert for Wynsors World of Shoes - Photo

Notes:
Marton Box 31 is on loan for the duration of the 2016 season from Beamish arriving back in Blackpool on 2nd March, with 147 heading in the opposite direction.
Lytham 43 arrived at Rigby Road on 24th January 2016 where further restoration work will take place once funding and workshop space becomes available. The tram only consists of the lower deck which has been restored by Robert Mortimer but thanks to agreement with the Blackpool Heritage Trust this will now take place at Rigby Road with the tram running on the tramway once this is concluded. It is likely to be a long-term project.
Standard 147 is currently on loan to Beamish as part of a swap with 31. It left Blackpool on 29th February 2016 arriving at Beamish on 2nd March 2016.
Brush 290 is at Rigby Road for storage only and remains in the ownership of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust.
Brush 634 arrived back at Rigby Road on 26th February 2015 having been donated to the Blackpool Heritage fleet by its former owner Andy Ashton. Since initially leaving Blackpool in 2009 it has undergone significant cosmetic restoration. It is unlikely that the tram will return to service in Blackpool before 2017.
Railcoach 680 is on loan from the Heaton Park Tramway arriving in August 2015 for a minimum two year stay.
Twin Trailer 681 was acquired in February 2016 arriving back at Rigby Road on 26th February 2016. It is set to be reunited with Motor 671 to be used as part of a wholly commerical project to be progressed in 2017.
Open Top Balloon 706 Princess Alice was withdrawn from service at the end of 2015 season and requires workshop attention before returning to service.
Trawler 737 is currently receiving an overhaul in the Rigby Road workshops which is including a full repaint, internal refresh and new state of the art illuminations. It should be ready to return to service in time for the 2016 Illuminations.
Jubilee 761 is at Rigby Road for storage only and remains in the ownership of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust. Discussions are continuing between the Blackpool Heritage Trust and FHLT regarding workshop attention and a return to service for the tram.


Engineering Vehicles

No. Into Service Livery Purpose Power Conductor Link
260 March 1973 Works Yellow Rail Crane Towed
750 1907 Yellow Reel Wagon Towed
754 August 1992 Yellow Overhead Line Car Trolley/Diesel Photo
939 August 2003 Yellow & Orange Road/Rail Vehicle Diesel Engine Photo
Crab February 2012 Yellow Shunter Battery Photo

Notes:
All of these vehicles are based at Rigby Road Depot with the exception of the Crab which is based at Starr Gate Depot.

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