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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Operational, Under Attention/Overhaul/Restoration, Stored/Withdrawn, On loan/under overhaul elsewhere, Not yet arrived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||ODAS Fitted||Livery||Name||Link|
|001||29th August 2011||4th April 2012||Yes||Purple & White||Photo|
|002||16th December 2011 / 1st November 2012||5th April 2012||Yes||Purple & White||Alderman E.E. Wynne||Photo|
|003||4th February 2012||12th April 2012||Yes||Advert for Pretty Little Thing.com||Photo|
|004||17th November 2011||4th April 2012||Yes||Purple & White||Photo|
|005||9th December 2011||6th April 2012||Yes||Purple & White||Photo|
|006||2nd February 2012||4th April 2012||No||Purple & White||Photo|
|007||17th February 2012||4th April 2012||No||Purple & White||Alan Whitbread||Photo|
|008||2nd March 2012||4th April 2012||No||Purple & White||Photo|
|009||8th March 2012||4th April 2012||Yes||Purple & White||Photo|
|010||16th March 2012||5th April 2012||Yes||Purple & White||Photo|
|011||23rd March 2012||4th April 2012||No||Purple & White||Photo|
|012||5th April 2012||26th April 2012||Yes||Advert for Blackpool Pleasure Beach||Photo|
|013||27th April 2012||18th May 2012||Yes||Purple & White||Photo|
|014||11th May 2012||18th May 2012||Yes||Purple & White||Photo|
|015||8th June 2012||29th June 2012||Yes||Purple & White||Photo|
|016||25th June 2012||3rd July 2012||Yes||Advert for Pretty Little Thing.com||Photo|
|017||1st December 2017||4th March 2018||Yes||Purple & White||Photo|
|018||15th December 2017||4th March 2018||No||Purple & White||Photo|
These trams are being fitted with Obstacle Detection Avoidance System (ODAS) equipment which aims to help prevent collisions. Although trams have been fitted it has yet to be switched on.
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||Year Last Operated||Link|
|700||February 1934||Green & Cream||2023||Photo|
|707||September 1934||Green & Cream||2023||Photo|
|709||October 1934||Advert for Sealife Centre||2013||Photo|
|711||October 1934||Purple & White||Ray Roberts||2022||Photo|
|718||December 1934||Green & Cream||2023||Photo|
|719||February 1935||Purple & White||Donna's Dream House||2019||Photo|
|720||February 1935||Advert for Walls Ice Cream||2011||Photo|
|724||February 1935||Advert for Lyndene Hotel||2013||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 have been operational in recent years, although 713 and 719 haven't been used for a while. The majority of their use is on heritage services.
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||Year Last Operated||Link|
|Blackpool OMO 8||June 1974||Plum & Custard||-||2010||Photo|
|Lytham 43||1924||Blue & White||-|| 1937 (Lytham) |
Has not run in preservation
|Bolton 66||1901||Maroon & Cream||Trolley||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Standard 143||April 1924||Red, White & Teak||-||2019 (briefly)||Photo|
|Blackpool Standard 147||June 1924||Green & Cream||Trolley||2021||Photo|
|Blackpool Boat 227||July 1934||Red & White||Trolley||Charlie Cairoli||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Boat 230||August 1934||Green & Cream||Trolley||George Formby OBE||2016||Photo|
|Blackpool Brush 259||July 1937||Works Green||-|| 2002 (Works) |
|Blackpool Twin Car 272+T2||September 1960||Cream||Diamond Pantograph||2016||Photo|
|Blackpool Railcoach 279||July 1935||Green & Cream||-||2004||Photo|
|Blackpool Coronation 304||June 1952||Cream & Green||Trolley|| 2018 (Blackpool - testing only) |
2014 (Blackpool - service)
|Blackpool Boat 600||January 1934||Green & Cream||Trolley||Duchess of Cornwall||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Brush 621||July 1937||Green & Cream||Diamond Pantograph||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Brush 631||August 1937||Green & Cream||Diamond Pantograph||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Brush 632||August 1937||Green & Cream||-||2011||Photo|
|Blackpool Centenary 642||December 1986||Advert for Travelcard||Diamond Pantograph||2021||Photo|
|Blackpool Centenary 648||January 1990||Green & Cream||Diamond Pantograph||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Coronation 660||August 1953||Cream & Green||Trolley|| 2011 (testing) |
2010 (passenger service)
|Blackpool Coronation 663||December 1953||Green & Cream||-||1974||Photo|
|Blackpool Twin Car 675+685||March 1958||Green & Cream||Diamond Pantograph||2016||Photo|
|Blackpool Twin Car 676+686||March 1958||Green & Cream||-||2004||Photo|
|Blackpool Ex-Towing Railcoach 680||December 1960||Green & Cream||Diamond Pantograph||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Twin Trailer Car 681||November 1960||Green & Yellow||-||2010||Photo|
|Blackpool Balloon 701||September 1934||Red & White||Diamond Pantograph||2021||Photo|
|Blackpool Balloon 703||September 1934||Sunderland Red & White||-|| 2015 (Beamish) |
|Blackpool Balloon 704||September 1934||-||-||2003||Photo|
|Blackpool Open Top Balloon 706||September 1934||Green & Cream||Trolley||Princess Alice||2015||Photo|
|Blackpool Balloon 710||October 1934 1934||Metro Coastlines Magenta & Yellow||-||2007||Photo|
|Blackpool Balloon 715||January 1935||Green & Cream||Diamond Pantograph||2022||Photo|
|Blackpool Balloon 717||December 1934||Green & Cream||Diamond Pantograph||Walter Luff||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Balloon 723||January 1935||Green & Cream||Diamond Pantograph||2023||Photo|
|Illuminated Rocket 732||September 1961||Green||-||1999||Photo|
|Illuminated Western Train 733+734||September 1962||Red, Green & Yellow||Diamond Pantograph||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Hovertram 735||September 1963||White & Black||-||2001||Photo|
|Illuminated Frigate 736||August 1965||White||Diamond Pantograph||HMS Blackpool||2023||Photo|
|Illuminated Trawler 737||August 2001||Blue, Red, Black & White||Diamond Pantograph||Cevic||2023||Photo|
|Blackpool Jubilee 761||July 1979||Advert for Wynsors World of Shoes||-||2011||Photo|
|Glasgow 1016||1904||-||-|| ? |
Not run in preservation
The date last operated is at Blackpool unless stated otherwise.
Lytham 43 arrived at Rigby Road on 24th January 2016 with a view to further restoration work taking place once funding and workshop space becomes available. The tram only consists of the lower deck which has been restored by Robert Mortimer. This will 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 has now been replaced and some testing took place during 2022.
Boat 230 requires a full rewire and overhaul to return it to service.
Twin Car 272+T2 suffered a fire in September 2016 and remains out of service.
Railcoach 279 returned to Rigby Road on 17th March 2022 for work to be completed by owners the Fylde Transport Trust on its restoration to original condition. It is hoped to return to service in due course.
Coronation 304 is due to receive attention to allow it to return to service. Owned by the Fylde Transport Trust the restoration will be completed with additional funding from the Fylde Tramway Society.
Coronation 663 returned to Blackpool on 24th August 2020 from Riley and Sons in Heywood. It had been there since late 2018 undergoing a full bogie overhaul. With this work now completed it has returned to Rigby Road awaiting further work to take place including a body overhaul and full rewire.
Twin Car 675+685 requires 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 by Blackpool Transport in February 2016 arriving back at Rigby Road on 26th February 2016.
Balloon 703 arrived in Blackpool on 23rd March 2017 following almost 7 years at Beamish. It will require workshop attention before being considered for a return 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 the subject of a fundraising campaign by the Fylde Tramway Society.
Balloon 708 was at Rigby Road for storage on behalf of the Manchester Transport Museum Society and arriving back in Blackpool on 21st September 2016. It has now been sold to the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft where it will be used a Playtram. It departed on 28th November 2023 and has now been removed from the above fleet list.
Balloon 710 arrived back at Rigby Road on 8th February 2023 having been in outside storage at Wyre Dock. It is to be cosmetically restored to its late 1980s condition when it "killed" Alan Bradley in ITV soap opera Coronation Street.
Balloon 715 has been withdrawn from service following a farewell tour on 19th November 2022. It is now to go on static display as part of Tramtown.
Hovertram 735 returned to Blackpool on 22nd September 2016 initially on loan but now a permanent member of the Fylde Transport Trust collection.
Glasgow 1016 - or more specificially the parts of! - arrived at Rigby Road in December 2016. The eventual plan is that the tram will be restored to operational condition as open topper Paisley 16, although it remains a long-term project.
|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||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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This page was last updated on Sunday 3rd December 2023
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