Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Playing with numbers at Heaton Park

Following a period of time masquerading as Heaton Park 7, Blackpool Vanguard 619 has now regained its true identity with the fleet number it carried during its time spent in Blackpool being restored. The newly applied gold numerals on the … Continue reading

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Crich operating fleet for 2014 revealed

2014 is shaping up to be a bumper year for Crich Tramway Village, as the site prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of electric tramcar operation there. As well as having several new attractions and amenities for visitors to enjoy, the … Continue reading

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Triumphant return for Blackpool’s heritage trams

Another exciting year for Blackpool Transport’s fleet of historic trams got properly underway over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, with the welcome return of the increasingly popular heritage tram service. For three days, nine of the traditional fleet returned to … Continue reading

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Warning! Balloon 711 on test at Crich!

Whilst many tram enthusiasts were celebrating the 80th anniversary of the famous Balloon trams in Blackpool over the Easter weekend, one of the class was making history elsewhere. Modified car 711, which is on loan to the National Tramway Museum … Continue reading

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Balloon car named ‘Walter Luff’

As part of the celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of Blackpool’s iconic English Electric streamlined trams, a short ceremony was held on the afternoon of Saturday 19th April which saw one of the classic double-deck Balloon cars named ‘Walter … Continue reading

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(Almost) all over advert Flexity debuts in Blackpool

Easter in Blackpool wasn’t all about the heritage trams, as Good Friday 18th April also saw the passenger debut of Flexity 016 with a brand new look. This tram has now earned its place in the history books by becoming … Continue reading

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Expanded Easter service on Birkenhead tramway

The Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society are pleased to confirm that the Birkehead heritage tramway will now be operating daily until Sunday 27th April, for the Easter holiday period. In addition, there will be an Easter Egg hunt taking place between … Continue reading

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Open cars come out to play at Crich

Thanks to some glorious spring weather during the Easter school holiday period, the use of open tramcars at Crich Tramway Village has increased significantly. Last year’s two most extensively used trams, Glasgow 1068 and Blackpool ‘Boat’ 236 have been in … Continue reading

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Blackpool Boat car 227 to miss Easter event

As was briefly mentioned in our summary of the planned heritage tram service operating in Blackpool over the Easter weekend, Open Boat 227 is unfortunately out of service at present, meaning that it will sadly miss out on the weekends’ … Continue reading

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Tiger tram escapes from Rigby Road! *Updated with more photos*

Monday 14th April 2014 was a landmark day in the lengthy career of Blackpool Brush Railcoach 622, as on this date the car was transported to a new home at a local primary school. Following a short period of uncertainty … Continue reading

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Blackpool Event Preview: ‘English Electric at Easter’

Blackpool Transport have now revealed all of the provisional details of the planned heritage tram running days over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. As expected, the first three days of heritage operation in 2014 will heavily feature the English Electric streamlined … Continue reading

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Heritage trams invade Starr Gate depot!

Residents of Blackpool’s New South Promenade could have been forgiven for thinking that the town’s remaining heritage trams were gearing up for battle, ready to try and reclaim dominance of their native system from their replacements, the Flexity2 class, on … Continue reading

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Heaton Park and Blackpool Transport team up for Easter event

When it was first announced that Blackpool’s heritage tram service would not be operating on Easter Monday this year, there was considerable disappointment expressed, particularly from those people who had planned to stay over in Blackpool for the long weekend … Continue reading

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The race is on to save a Brighton tram shelter

Not content with working to restore the last electric passenger tram from Brighton, a small but dedicated group of transport enthusiasts are now seeking to rescue another rare artefact from this long-lost tram system. The Brighton Tram 53 Society have … Continue reading

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Warning! Tramcar unloading! (updated with more photos)

Less than twenty-four hours after it left the seaside behind, Blackpool Balloon car 711 touched down on Crich rails to begin its operating loan period at the National Tramway Museum on the morning of Wednesday 9th April. Having travelled via … Continue reading

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Warning! Tramcar departing!

On Tuesday 8th April 2014, Blackpool Balloon car 711 bid farewell to the seaside for the first time in its eighty-year career when it left Rigby Road on the back of a low loader. As reported previously, the tram is … Continue reading

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Balloon cars on Blundell Street

Further details of the ‘English Electric at Easter’ event which is due to take place on the Blackpool tramway over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend have now emerged, with a series of four-car lineups on Blundell Street set to add … Continue reading

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Southampton 45 raised from the dead!

Welcome news from the Crich Tramway Village, is the commissioning of Southampton 45 following a year-long lay-off. On Saturday 5th April, the tram was taken up to Glory Mine on a test run, and now looks set to rejoin the … Continue reading

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Your OMO car needs you!

One of Blackpool’s most valuable heritage tramcars, OMO car 8, could soon be back in passenger service thanks to the support of an appeal for donations to finance its restoration to an operational condition. The tram – which is of … Continue reading

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Blackpool and Beamish get recruiting

Two of the most prominent tram operators in the UK are currently recruiting for positions which will enable the successful applicants the opportunity to shape upcoming developments at the respective locations in a big way. For Blackpool Transport, the search … Continue reading

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