Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

May Day Bank Holiday Balloons in Blackpool

The May Day Bank Holiday weekend in Blackpool saw three more days of intensive heritage tram operation, with six trams scheduled to operate on each day of the long weekend. With a pretty grim weather forecast, the tram output was … Continue reading

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Balloon 723 re-launched **updated with photos**

The latest addition to the Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours operational fleet was unveiled at a special event on Friday 29th April. Although Balloon 723 had returned to use last year, it was only used occasionally due to its shabby external … Continue reading

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Preserved Brush car 623 returns to service

Preparations for a special event at the Heaton Park Tramway over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend have included commissioning Blackpool Brush car 623 for service. This tram hasn’t operated so far this year and it was feared that it … Continue reading

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Trackwork at Starr Gate

Some maintenance work has been carried out on a set of points at the southern end of the Blackpool tramway on the week commencing Monday 25th April. The points at Starr Gate, used by terminating service trams to cross over … Continue reading

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Balloon 723 launch event confirmed

Previously known as Blackpool’s ‘Scruffy Surprise’, the appearance of Balloon car 723 has been transformed over the past two months with a full repaint in the 1980s green and cream livery, finally returning this tram to an immaculate appearance. To … Continue reading

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London horse tram to enter preservation

The London County Council Tramways Trust have announced that the unrestored body of a North Metropolitan Tramways horse car is set to join the national collection. The remains of the tram were actually discovered in 2014 when they were inspected … Continue reading

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Horses at war – but no 264

The second installment of Beamish Museum’s annual transport spectacular, this year with a First World War theme, was ‘Horses at War’ which was held over two days, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April. As the name suggests the main attraction … Continue reading

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Trailer T7 to be reborn

Following a great deal of upheaval, it has been confirmed that the ownership of Blackpool Trailer 687 has changed once again, with the tram now becoming an official member of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust’s collection. Plans have also been … Continue reading

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Burton & Ashby 14 to run in 2017?

Amazing news from the Statfold Barn Railway concerns Burton & Ashby 14, which was famously repatriated from the USA last year and securely housed in one of the centre’s buildings. Since its arrival not much has been heard about the … Continue reading

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Sheffield 264 returns to service

Saturday 9th April 2016 was a historic day at Beamish Museum, not just because of the Great War Steam Fair event – but mainly because it was on this day that Sheffield 264 finally made its long-awaited return to passenger … Continue reading

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Flexity 009 versus motor car

On Thursday 7th April, there was considerable disruption for passengers on the Blackpool tramway due to an incident at Rossall Square. Flexity 009 was involved in a collision with a car, which had apparently jumped a red traffic light and … Continue reading

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No Access Tram

Crich Tramway Village have announced that their ‘Access Tram’, Berlin 223 006-4, is currently unavailable for service and is expected to remain so until approximately 14th April. As the only tram at the museum able to carry visitors in wheelchairs, … Continue reading

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Good news for Snaefell Mountain Railway

After the shock news of the terrible accident involving Snaefell 3 last week, we are pleased to report that the Snaefell Mountain Railway was able to re-open for business on Saturday 2nd April. This followed a closure lasting a few … Continue reading

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Marton 31 debuts on Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours **updated with photos**

Three of the established and popular ‘Gold’ running days on the Blackpool tramway were operated by the heritage tram fleet over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Twelve different trams were used on this service with seven cars rostered to operate … Continue reading

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A very good Friday for Blackpool!

The Easter weekend got off to a fantastic start in Blackpool on Good Friday, 25th March with a ‘bonus’ heritage tram service operating. Although unfortunately it was decided not to run a gold timetable on this Bank Holiday, a few … Continue reading

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Norbreck North opens for business!

Blackpool’s newest tram stop opened to passengers on Tuesday 22nd March – Norbreck North. This was one of the many stops from the old system which were not retained when the tramway was upgraded to light rail standards, however a … Continue reading

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Easter debut for Marton 31

It has been revealed that Marton Box 31 will make its first passenger-carrying appearance since returning to Blackpool on Easter Sunday, 27th March. The tram will operate a special premium-price ‘inaugural run’ during the morning, and is then scheduled to … Continue reading

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Fishing for funds to help the Trawler

As has been reported previously, Blackpool’s illuminated Trawler 737 is currently under overhaul within the Rigby Road workshops having missed the 2015 season completely due to its rather shabby condition. The majority of the current work is generously being funded … Continue reading

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The decapitation of LCC 1

On Friday 11th March, a notable and unusual activity took place at Crich Tramway Village involving the ongoing process of stripping London County Council 1. Having spent the past eighteen months in the museum’s workshop, the tram has been reduced … Continue reading

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Blackpool’s blue timetable returns

To mark Tourism Week in Blackpool, the town’s heritage trams have been enjoying a bumper period of activity with a period of daily operation on heritage tour duties commencing on Saturday 5th March. Normally the traditional fleet would still have … Continue reading

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