Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Let there be light!

On Saturday 30th August, tours of the Blackpool illuminations by traditional tramcar resumed for the 2014 season with three different trams in operation for this role. Although the illuminations were actually switched on the previous night, part of the promenade … Continue reading

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Escape from Alcatraz… or not?

The Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust have confirmed that notice has been given to remove the trams from its collection which are currently stored at Kirkham Prison by the end of the year. Far from most announcements of an imminent release … Continue reading

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Blackpool prepares for the illuminations

Friday 29th August will see the Blackpool illuminations switched on for another season by comedian Peter Kay. As has become the norm in recent years, the actual switch-on night itself will not be a good one for the tramway with … Continue reading

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167 bids goodbye to Blackpool

The hugely successful visit of Blackpool ‘Pantograph’ car 167 to the Blackpool tramway for summer 2014 finally came to an end on Friday 29th August, when the tram was loaded up onto a lorry on Blundell Street for the long … Continue reading

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Blackpool 762 launch date announced

Following extensive attention in the workshop at Crich Tramway Village, Blackpool Jubilee car 762 is finally set to enter public service at the museum next month. The tram will be launched into the operating fleet at Crich as part of … Continue reading

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A bumper Bank Holiday for Blackpool’s heritage trams

Blackpool’s heritage tram fleet enjoyed their final spell of daytime operation during 2014 over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with a very credible total of eleven different historic trams appearing in traffic over the three action-packed days. This included the year … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Return of the Routemaster Balloon car

The August Bank Holiday weekend saw the welcome return to service in Blackpool of Balloon 701, fresh from the Paint Shop following a complete repaint. Gone was the faded and unflattering plain yellow coat of paint it carried when it … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool 290′s role in history recognised

Work on the repainting of preserved Blackpool Brush car 290 for continued static display near the Pleasure Beach on Blackpool promenade appears to be complete, with the tram now sporting a very smart looking green and cream livery. In addition, … Continue reading

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Bargain hunting at Crich

Crich Tramway Village played host to the popular BBC1 daytime television programme ‘Bargain Hunt’ on Wednesday 20th August, when the show’s charismatic presenter Tim Wonnacott visited the museum to film a segment to feature in a future episode. The programme … Continue reading

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A Coronation to Fleetwood

Just one day after making a historic test run along Blackpool promenade, Blackpool Coronation car 304 hit the headlines again on Thursday 21st August, when it completed its first run to Fleetwood since 2009! Following the success of the testing … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Brush car 290 meets an old friend

Our latest look at the transformation of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust’s Blackpool Brush car 290 shows the tram in the latter stages of its repaint into a traditional green and cream livery. The gloss coat has now been applied … Continue reading

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Blackpool Coronation 304 runs on test

Another small piece of tramway history occured on Wednesday 20th August 2014, when a VAMBAC equipped tramcar operated on the upgraded Blackpool system for the first time. The honour of performing this historic duty went to Coronation car 304 which … Continue reading

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Liverpool 869 lifts off!

A satisfying step towards the return to service of Liverpool 869 at Crich Tramway Village occurred on Saturday 16th August, when the tram was lifted off its bogies for a heavy overhaul to begin. This follows a period of inactivity … Continue reading

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Event Preview: Blackpool heritage tram operation, 23rd – 25th August

The final stint of daytime operation for the Blackpool tramway’s heritage fleet occurs over the three-day August Bank Holiday weekend, with an action packed schedule planned as usual to entertain enthusiasts and other passengers alike. With many of the English … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Further progress on Blackpool 290

The transformation of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust’s Blackpool Brush Railcoach 290 has continued to make impressive progress in the last few days with a good impression of the final green and cream livery now in evidence. This has been … Continue reading

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Birkenhead tramway re-opens at last

Following a difficult few months, there is some good news from the Birkenhead tramway which will re-open on Saturday 16th August. This follows a period of enforced closure following an electrical fault affecting the tramway’s circuit breaker located at the main Taylor … Continue reading

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Blackpool trams see red for August event

Provisional details of the heritage tram output in Blackpool planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend have now been announced, confirming that two red liveried streamliners are set to steal the limelight for the final stint of daytime heritage tram tours … Continue reading

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The Blackpool Heritage Trust – what does it mean?

The formation of the Blackpool Heritage Trust to help secure the long-term future of a heritage tram fleet in Blackpool, has been greeted with much celebration from the vast majority of enthusiasts. However, the creation of the new Trust has … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester 173 prepares for war

We are pleased to provide some more images of Manchester 173 from the Heaton Park Tramway in its temporary guise as a recruitment tram, to help commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. These pictures show … Continue reading

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Brush car 290 makes progress

The transformation of preserved Blackpool Brush Railcoach 290 is continuing to make impressive progress, with the first traces of green and cream paint now evident. This will soon eradicate the hideous graffiti art applied to the tram last summer, and … Continue reading

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