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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Operational, Under Attention/Overhaul/Restoration, Stored/Withdrawn, On loan elsewhere, Not yet arrived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||Advert for Merlin Attractions||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 Thing.com||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 Pretty Little Thing.com||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
|700||February 1934||Purple & White||Photo|
|707||September 1934||Green & Cream||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, 707, 711, 713, 718 & 719 are operational. Although most use has been on heritage services 711 was used during the 2019 illuminations on limited specials calling at the LRT platforms.
707 returned to service on 14th March 2020 following the lengthy completion of its overhaul.
707, 709, 718 and 724 were rebuilt in the last 1990s/early 2000s with flat fronts which are sometimes referred to 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|
|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|
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 143 was launched into service on 23rd September 2019 but suffered a motor fault during the launch. The motor is to be removed for overhaul before the tram can enter service fully..
Boat 230 has moved into the workshops for a start to be made on a full rewire and overhaul.
Twin Car 272+T2 suffered a fire in September 2016 and remains out of service.
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 2018 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 ran for the first time since January 2019 on 23rd October 2019 following workshop attention and the replacement of an inverter.
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.
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.
Work has now started on Balloon 704 which is to be restored to 1950s/1960s fully enclosed condition including roof windows. Ownership has been transferred to Iain Taylor who will be financing the cost of the work - including a fixed term contract member of the engineering team - but the tram will be on permanent loan to Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours.
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.
Western Train 733+734 is currently receiving an overhaul in the workshops which will include the renewal of external illuminations.
Hovertram 735 returned to Blackpool on 22nd September 2016 originally on loan but now a permanent member of the collection.
Frigate 736 is in the workshops for a renewal of its illumination wiring.
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.
|No.||Into Service||Livery||Purpose||Power Conductor||Link|
|260||March 1973||Works Yellow||Rail Crane||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|
All of these vehicles are based at Rigby Road Depot with the exception of the Crab which is based at Starr Gate Depot.
|No.||Arrived in Blackpool||Livery||Link|
|-||21st March 2018||Silver||Photo|
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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