Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

In Pictures: Blackpool’s ‘B Fleet’ shunting

On Friday 22nd May, all four operational members of the Blackpool ‘B Fleet’ emerged from the confines of Rigby Road depot during a shunting operation. The trams are thought to have been arranged in an order of preference of use, … Continue reading

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Blackpool strike gold again over Spring Bank Holiday weekend

The Spring Bank Holiday weekend on May 23rd – 25th was another highly successful weekend for the Blackpool tramway with a frequent and well patronised Flexity service complemented by an enhanced heritage service over all three days. A total of … Continue reading

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Twin Twins for 2015 illuminations season

It has been announced that yet another member of Blackpool’s heritage tram fleet is to be returned to service this year, with Twin set 675+685 the latest to benefit from workshop attention. The duo have already been split up and … Continue reading

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Balloon 715 promotes Tram Sunday

Blackpool Balloon 715‘s recently applied 1990s green and cream livery has recently been enlivened by the addition of between-deck advert banners for the annual Fleetwood Festival of Transport, more commonly known as Tram Sunday. This is the most prominent advertising … Continue reading

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Warrington 2 becomes Warrington 28

The future of Warrington 2 has now been decided by members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society, who voted to decide whether the car should be reconstructed as a fully enclosed car, or with open balconies, at an Extraordinary General … Continue reading

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Blackpool Brush car 626 sold by Merseytravel

Following many months of speculation, information has now reached us that Merseytravel have finally sold Blackpool Brush Railcoach 626 which was removed from its long-term resting place at the Pacific Road complex on the Birkenhead heritage tramway earlier this month. … Continue reading

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A colourful weekend beckons for Blackpool

Provisional plans for the heritage tram output in Blackpool over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend have now been revealed, with a loose theme of colours being apparent. The four-car service on the Saturday should be worked entirely by green and … Continue reading

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Blackpool seeking to expand the tram fleet?

Ahead of construction work for the branch line off the promenade to North Station, expected to be started in 2017, thoughts are now beginning to turn towards the expanding of the Blackpool tram fleet. It is understood that Blackpool Transport … Continue reading

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Southampton 45 is not a horse tram!

Southampton 45 has become the latest tramcar from the National collection to be moved into the Exhibition Hall at Crich Tramway Village, following its retirement from active duties late last year. The tram has moved into a space vacated by … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More outings for Blackpool’s ‘B Fleet’ Balloons

Filming for a major feature film on Blackpool promenade was finally completed on Friday 8th May, bringing to an end the period of disruption for the town and its public transport services. As we have reported previously, the requirement for … Continue reading

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More trams emerge from hibernation at Crich

As the operating season progresses, the number of trams being made available for use at Crich Tramway Village has continued to increase. So far this year, records show that a very credible eighteen tramcars have run in passenger service at … Continue reading

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A blast from the past at Heaton Park

An old operating practice is set to return on the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester on Saturday 9th May, when due to an event taking place in the park, trams will terminate at the location often referred to as ‘Old … Continue reading

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Heritage trams stretch their wheels even more!

The good news keeps coming from Blackpool Transport’s heritage tram team, who have continued to make improvements to the service that is offered by the traditional tram fleet remaining in Blackpool. Their latest amendment concerns the blue timetable, whilst a … Continue reading

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B Fleet Balloons run on split service in Blackpool

As reported previously, filming for a new feature film in Blackpool is causing chaos for the town’s transport services, with disruption to the tramway over three consecutive days, with a partial closure of the promenade enforced between 0700 and 1500. … Continue reading

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A golden May Day in Blackpool

The second spell of operation for Blackpool’s newly improved heritage tram service occurred over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, providing enthusiasts, tourists and local residents alike with another chance to enjoy a large number of historic trams in action … Continue reading

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More new adverts appear in Blackpool

Two more members of Blackpool’s modern Flexity2 class have recently received new advertisements, although unlike the recent treatment of car 016 these are merely side panel banner adverts rather than full vinyl wraps. Both cars 005 and 013 now feature … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A day of ups and downs in the Crich workshop

Saturday 2nd May might have been the first day of a new three day event at Crich Tramway Village entitled ‘Bands at Crich’, but arguably the most important events of this day actually took place in the workshop and the … Continue reading

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Welcome back 715!

The May Day Bank Holiday weekend got off to a fantastic start in Blackpool on Saturday, with the return to service of Balloon 715 following workshop attention. The tram had last run on the tramway on 6th November 2011 on … Continue reading

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Film causes major disruption for Blackpool Transport

Blackpool Transport’s bus and tram services are set to endure major disruption during May, when part of the promenade is closed off for a high-profile filming session. Unfortunately, regular users of the tramway are set to suffer with the unpopular split … Continue reading

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Blackpool unveil tweaks to May Day heritage service

Provisional plans for the heritage tram operation in Blackpool over the three day May Day Bank Holiday weekend have now been unveiled, with a few changes being made taking into consideration feedback received from customers at Easter. The most notable … Continue reading

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