Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Standard 143 launch date announced

The Fylde Transport Trust have announced today that the launch of restored Blackpool Standard 143 is due to take place on the evening of Wednesday 28th August this year. No detailed information has been provided as to what form the … Continue reading

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Box 40 moves to Beamish

On Monday 4th March, Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Box’ car 40 left Blackpool, just two days after operating its farewell tour of its home system. The tram was destined for Beamish Museum – arriving there later the same day – where … Continue reading

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Glory Mine and the case of the missing siding!

On 24th February, work was continuing on the track work at Crich Tramway Village which has seen the Glory Mine passing loop renewed over the closed season. On this date London Tramlink 058 was used to transport a further four … Continue reading

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Good news for fans of Blackpool’s Balloon cars

Whilst the imminent departure of Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Box’ car 40 from its original native tramway dominates the headlines from the Fylde coast, there has been some more positive news for the Blackpool heritage fleet. Two Balloon cars are set … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Rare moves around the Exhibition Hall at Crich

On 24th February, a number of trams and other objects were moved around at Crich Tramway Village as part of the project to install new displays in the Great Exhibition Hall. The creation of a new exhibition on the life … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester 765 heads for Beamish

On the morning of Tuesday 5th February, Manchester 765 left the Heaton Park Tramway to make its way by road to the North East. As announced previously, the tram is one of two – the other being Blackpool & Fleetwood … Continue reading

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Event Report: First ‘Gold’ weekend of 2019 in Blackpool

January 26th & 27th saw the first Gold Weekend of the year in Blackpool, with an interesting and varied turnout of trams in action despite some rather challenging weather conditions, particularly on the Sunday when string winds battled the coast! … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Newcastle 102 under attention at Crich

Although the main ongoing restoration project at Crich Tramway Village at the moment is London County Council 1, that hasn’t stopped work from being started on a major overhaul for Newcastle 102 which is being funded by members of the … Continue reading

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A makeover for London Transport 1622

As reported previously on this website, London Transport 1622 has recently moved into the workshop at Crich Tramway Village for preparations to be made for an overhaul which will allow the tram to return to regular service. This will include … Continue reading

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Christmas Boating at Blackpool – The Sequel!

The last opportunity to take a ride on a heritage tram in Blackpool during 2018 was provided by the Fylde Tramway Society’s annual Christmas tour, which took place on Saturday 29th December. This was advertised as featuring recently repainted Centenary … Continue reading

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Balloon 711 on standby for snow

For many years it has been the norm for at least one of Blackpool’s Balloon cars to be fitted with snowplough equipment for the winter. In the last few years, members of the ‘B Fleet’ have been used in this … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Glasgow 812 sees the daylight at Crich

Glasgow 812 may have been a popular member of the Crich Tramway Village operational fleet for many years, but for some time now the enclosed Glasgow ‘Standard’ car has been out of service, awaiting its turn in the workshops for … Continue reading

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Birkenhead 20 and the Trawler on tour for British Trams Online

On Wednesday 7th November, the British Trams Online tour of the Blackpool tramway took place, taking two very different trams around the coastal system. This acted as a farewell trip for Birkenhead 20 which was making its final appearance before … Continue reading

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British Trams Online announce Blackpool tram tour for 7th November

Further to previous reports, we are delighted to announce that British Trams Online will be hosting a very special tram tour in Blackpool on Wednesday 7th November. This will primarily be to showcase Birkenhead 20 – a tram we have … Continue reading

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Boat 227 named ‘Charlie Cairoli’

Blackpool Boat car 227 was re-launched into service on the morning of Thursday 25th October, following completion of extensive overhaul and conservation work. The tram has been named ‘Charlie Cairoli’, honouring the legendary star of the world famous Blackpool Tower … Continue reading

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Birkenhead 20 debuts in Blackpool – with more outings to follow!

At long last, and following workshop attention including the fitting of a new set of tyres to its wheels, Birkenhead 20 carried passengers at Blackpool for the first time on Thursday 18th October. This outing was a tour for its … Continue reading

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Birkenhead 20 to run in Blackpool – at last!

News on Birkenhead 20 has been in short supply of late, with little being heard about the tram for much of its time spent in Blackpool – where it arrived on loan from the Birkenhead heritage tramway well over a … Continue reading

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Event Review: ‘Simply Trams’ at Crich Tramway Village, 1st September 2018

For 2018, the annual enthusiasts event at Crich Tramway Village was given a brand new name – ‘Simply Trams’ – and the main theme was that of ‘Birthdays & Anniversaries’, with Blackpool & Fleetwood 2 returning to service for one … Continue reading

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Pretty little things spread to Blackpool!

Two of Blackpool’s LRT fleet have received all-over vinyl adverts for women’s clothing store Pretty Little Thing – following on from two near identical liveries previously seen on the Stagecoach Supertram fleet in Sheffield. 016 was the first Blackpool tram … Continue reading

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The Rack is back – for one day only!

Since it last ran in October 2014, Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Rack’ 2 has been greatly missed in the operational fleet at Crich Tramway Village. However, the popular 1898 built tramcar is set to play a starring role in next week’s … Continue reading

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