Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Ups and downs for the Blackpool illuminations

It would be fair to say that the Blackpool tramway has faced a challenging few weeks at the start of the 2014 illuminations season, with a noticeable reduction in the number of illumination tours being operated for a number of … Continue reading

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Sheffield 513′s wiring woes

Since arriving at the East Anglia Transport Museum in early 2011, Sheffield ‘Roberts’ car 513 has seen somewhat erratic use compared to the extensive use that had been hoped for. Its appearances in passenger service during 2014 have been noticeably … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More new adverts adorn the Flexity fleet

The removal of Pleasure Beach advertising from Blackpool’s Flexity2 trams is continuing to make rapid progress, with two more trams appearing at the end of last week with new adverts in place of those for the theme park which they … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Balloon 701 re-launched

After appearing in an incomplete version of its red and white ‘Routemaster’ livery over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Blackpool Balloon 701 has now spent some more time in the Paint Shop for completion of this stunning repaint. The tram … Continue reading

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Variety is the spice of the lights

With the 2014 Blackpool illuminations season now well underway, it is pleasing to see that quite a few different members of the heritage tram fleet have been used on illumination tour duties already this year. With a reduction in the … Continue reading

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Another new Flexity advert in Blackpool

Following on from the recent application of new side advertisements to Blackpool Flexity 006, sister car 005 has now joined it in gaining a new sponsor. This has now become the second of the Flexity2 class to receive advertising for … Continue reading

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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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