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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Operational, Under Attention/Overhaul/Restoration, Stored/Withdrawn, On loan elsewhere, Not yet arrived

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 Advert for Pretty Little 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
015 8th June 2012 29th June 2012 Purple & White Photo
016 25th June 2012 3rd July 2012 Advert for Pretty Little Photo
017 1st December 2017 4th March 2018 Purple & White Photo
018 15th December 2017 4th March 2018 Purple & White Photo

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 Black 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 Green & Cream Photo
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

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 are now mainly used occasionally on heritage services. 707 is currently being prepared for a return to use including a full repaint.
707, 709, 718 and 724 were rebuilt in the last 1990s/early 2000s with flat fronts which are sometimes referred to as "Millenium Cars".
711 is currently fitted with snowploughs.

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 & 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 Photo
Blackpool Boat 227 July 1934 Red & White Trolley Charlie Cairoli 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 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 621 July 1937 Green & Cream Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Brush 625 July 1937 Green & Cream - 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 Advert for Travelcard Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Centenary 645 September 1987 Red & White - Photo
Blackpool Centenary 648 January 1990 Green & Cream Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Coronation 660 August 1953 Cream & Green Trolley 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 703 September 1934 Sunderland Red & White - 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 708 September 1934 Green & Cream - 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
Blackpool Balloon 726 February 1935 Advert for HM Coastguard - Photo
Illuminated Rocket 732 September 1961 Green - Photo
Illuminated Western Train 733+734 September 1962 Red, Green & Yellow Diamond Pantograph Photo
Blackpool Hovertram 735 September 1963 White & Black - Photo
Illuminated Frigate 736 August 1965 White Diamond Pantograph HMS Blackpool Photo
Illuminated Trawler 737 August 2001 Blue, Red, Black & White Diamond Pantograph Cevic Photo
Blackpool Jubilee 761 July 1979 Advert for Wynsors World of Shoes - Photo
Halle 902 1969 Red & White - Photo
Glasgow 1016 1904 - - Photo

It has been announced that Box 40 will be departing Blackpool by early March 2019 initially for a loan spell at Beamish before returning to Crich for a spell of operation there. The tram is owned by the Tramway Museum Society and has been on loan in Blackpool since 1996.
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.
Bolton 66 has been lifted for an overhaul of its trucks and will also receive attention to its paintwork. It is scheduled to be back in service during 2019.
Standard 143 has now moved into the workshops for the completion of work to bring it back into service. It is planned to return to service during 2019.
Boat 227 returned to service on 25th October 2018 after missing the best part of two seasons undergoing conservation work in the workshops. It has also been named Charlie Cairoli with names carried alongside the centre entrance.
Boat 230 is out of service awaiting workshop space for an overhaul.
Twin Car 272+T2 is currently out of service following a fire in September 2016.
Brush 290 is at Rigby Road for storage only and remains in the ownership of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust.
Coronation 304 underwent testing on the tramway on 11th December 2019 to test the VAMBAC equipment. A programme of works for the return to service of the tram is now being drawn up by owners, the Fylde Transport Trust.
Brush 625 & Balloon 726 are privately owned trams are are at Rigby Road for storage only. They arrived back at the depot on 7th June.
Brush 634 arrived back at Rigby Road on 26th February 2016 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 but will require further workshop attention before entering service.
Centenary 642 returned to service on 19th August 2018. It has now received an approximation of a Travelcard livery carried in 1995 with advertising for the Heritage Tram Tours range of tickets due to be rebranded as Travelcards in 2019.
Centenary 645 returned to Rigby Road on 28th July having been acquired from the Windy Harbour Caravan Park where it had been since 2012.
Coronation 663 was moved from Rigby Road to Ian Riley Ltd in Heywood for a start to be made on a restoration including a bogie overhaul and a full rewire. As it is not part of the Blackpool Heritage fleet it has been removed from the above list until it returns to Rigby Road.
Twin Car 675+685 is awaiting the resumption of work on a full rewire ahead of a return to service. It is hoped it will return in 2019.
Railcoach 680 is on loan from the Heaton Park Tramway arriving in August 2015.
Twin Trailer 681 was acquired in February 2016 arriving back at Rigby Road on 26th February 2016.
Balloon 703 arrived back in Blackpool on 23rd March 2017 following almost 7 years at Beamish. It is now part of the heritage fleet but was withdrawn from service at Beamish due to a problem with a tyre so will require workshop attention before returning to service.
Open Top Balloon 706 Princess Alice was withdrawn from service at the end of 2015 season and requires workshop attention before returning to service. It is set to be the subject of the next Fylde Tramway Society backed project with a hoped for return to service in 2021.
Balloon 708 is at Rigby Road for storage on behalf of the Manchester Transport Museum Society arriving back in Blackpool on 21st September 2016.
Hovertram 735 returned to Blackpool on 22nd September 2016 originally on loan but now a permanent member of the collection.
Jubilee 761 has now been transferred into the ownership of the Blackpool Heritage Trust and remains stored at Rigby Road awaiting workshop attention.
Halle 902 is on loan from Crich Tramway Village for storage only. It arrived in Blackpool on 22nd May 2018 and is due to remain for a minimum of two years.
Glasgow 1016 - or more specificially the parts of! - arrived at Rigby Road in December 2016 having been acquired by the Blackpool Heritage Trust. The eventual plan is that the tram will be restored to operational condition as open topper Paisley 16.

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
938 ? Yellow Road/Rail Vehicle Diesel Engine Photo
939 August 2003 Yellow & Orange Road/Rail Vehicle Diesel Engine Photo
Crab February 2012 Yellow Shunter Battery Photo

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

In Store

No. Arrived in Blackpool Livery Link
- 21st March 2018 Silver -

This Cityclass tram - now unnumbered but at one stage carrying the number 611 - returned to Blackpool on 21st March 2018 having been in open storage at Preston Docks. It is for eventual use on the Preston Trampower demonstration line when that is built. It has previously been in Blackpool for two stints of test operation (the second of which ended following a fire) and has also visited Birkenhead.

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This page was last updated on Sunday 10th February 2019

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