Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Newcastle 114 goes back to Beamish

A short but sweet visit to Crich Tramway Village for Newcastle 114 came to an end on Friday 19th September, when the tram departed for its usual home at Beamish, the Living Museum of the North. The tram had been … Continue reading

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Daylight debut announced for Balloon 701

The Blackpool Heritage Trust have announced details of a very special working on Friday 26th September, to celebrate the completion of work to restore Balloon car 701 in its early ’90s red and white livery, sponsored by the Fylde Tramway … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 5: Thank you & goodnight!

The second cavalcade of the weekend was intended to illustrate the development of electric tramcar design; rather than the vehicles being presented in order of age, the idea here was to show the design evolution, hence some trams which were … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 4: Trams of the North East

Day two of the ‘Electric 50′ event on Sunday 14th September once again got off to a sunny start, although the temperature was somewhat cooler than the Saturday. The day began with the chance to show off the trio of … Continue reading

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New advertiser for Flexity 006

Flexity 006 has become the latest member of the core Blackpool fleet to receive a new advertising contract. During early September, the tram’s adverts for the Pleasure Beach Ice Arena – which it had carried for the last two years … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Party on ‘Princess Alice’

We recently reported on a private hire on the Blackpool tramway when ‘Princess Alice’ 706 was used as the mobile venue for a very novel birthday party on the late afternoon and evening of Saturday 6th September. We are now … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 3: Trams as far as the eye can see

Arguably the main event to celebrate fifty years of electric tramcar operation at Crich, was the 25-tram cavalcade on Saturday 13th September, featuring all of the available electric passenger cars in the fleet, including the visiting trams currently on site, … Continue reading

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Blackpool tram running day announced for Crich

Fresh from the mammoth ‘Electric 50′ celebratory weekend, the Tramway Museum Society have announced details of yet another exciting event for enthusiasts to be held at Crich Tramway Village. On Sunday 12th October, it is planned to have nine Blackpool … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 2: The Misadventures of Spongebob

At 1100 on Saturday 13th September, a large crowd gathered in the depot yard at Crich to witness the official launch into museum service of Blackpool 762 – the first of the Jubilee cars to ever run in passenger service … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 1: Newcastle & Fleetwood

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, readers of this website will surely be aware that 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of electric tramcar operation at Crich Tramway Village – the first museum tramway … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Newcastle 114 debuts in service at Crich

Just four days after arriving from Beamish, Newcastle 114 was employed in passenger service for the first time at Crich Tramway Village on Friday 12th September. The tram was used alongside the other two visiting trams which have come to … Continue reading

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Final preparations for ‘Electric 50′ at Crich

With just a few days to go before the biggest heritage tram event of 2014 – ‘Electric 50′ at the Crich Tramway Village, for anyone who’s been living in a cave for the last few months – anticipation for this … Continue reading

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An eventful weekend for the museum tramways

The weekend of 6th & 7th September was a busy one for two of the UK’s heritage tramways, with major transport events taking place at both the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft,¬†and Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway. … Continue reading

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Open cars rule in Blackpool!

Saturday 6th September was an eventful day for Blackpool’s heritage trams, five of which were used over the course of the day, including two on private hires, plus the first appearance of a Boat car on an illuminations tour this … Continue reading

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An extra chance to ride on Newcastle 114 at Crich

Crich Tramway Village have announced that Newcastle 114 – which arrived on a short-term loan from Beamish Museum yesterday – will be used in passenger service on Friday 12th September, ahead of the weekend’s ‘Electric 50′ event. It is expected … Continue reading

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Newcastle 114 arrives at Crich

The gorgeous Newcastle 114 arrived at Crich Tramway Village on the sunny afternoon of Monday 8th September aboard a low loader supplied by Scott’s Heavy Haulage, and was unloaded in the period street at the museum. This tram is, of … Continue reading

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The end of an era for Douglas horse trams

When the Douglas horse tramway on the Isle of Man operates for the last time in 2014 on Sunday 14th September, this will be more than just the end of another year for the oldest surviving street tramway in the … Continue reading

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End of the line for Southampton 45?

Ahead of the hugely anticipated ‘Electric 50′ event at the Crich Tramway Village, comes some less welcome news from the home of the National Tramway Museum, with the announcement that Southampton 45 is due to be withdrawn from service immediately … Continue reading

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Finishing touches for Balloon 701

The second stage of Blackpool Balloon car 701‘s repaint back into its fondly remembered red and white ‘Routemaster’ style livery is now almost complete. Following its debut in an incomplete version of the paint scheme it previously carried in the … Continue reading

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Another threat to the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust

Just a few days after we reported that the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust will have to re-home the trams it has stored at Kirkham Prison before the end of the year, comes news of a further negative development which could … Continue reading

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