Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

In Pictures: A soggy spring gala at Heaton Park

The Heaton Park Tramway’s almost annual Spring Gala has not had the best of luck with weather in the last few years – and so it was that the 2015 event on Sunday 29th March was marred by miserable conditions, … Continue reading

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More early season debuts in Blackpool

The second day of Blackpool’s heritage tram service for 2015, Sunday 29th March, saw two more trams making their public debuts for the year. For the second day running the weather was extremely poor for much of the day, with … Continue reading

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Brush cars start off the season at Blackpool and Crich

Saturday 28th March saw the 2015 season get underway for arguably the two main operators of traditional British trams – Blackpool and Crich. Appropriately, two consecutively numbered Brush Railcoaches were selected for service at the two locations on this day, … Continue reading

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Lytham 43 takes shape

It has been a while since we provided an update on the restoration of the last surviving Lytham St Annes tramcar, so to rectify that here is some news on how the project has been progressing – although really it … Continue reading

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Blackpool 680 arrives at Heaton Park

Some five years after it was acquired for preservation by the Manchester Transport Museum Society, Blackpool Ex-Towing car 680 finally arrived in Manchester for the very first time late on the night of 23rd March. This follows a highly successful … Continue reading

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Blackpool Balloon 726 joins Facebook!

Blackpool Balloon 726 has become the latest of a select few trams to be given its very own Facebook page! A new page has recently been created to provide updates on what is described as a ‘fun restoration’ project to … Continue reading

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Helping the Hovertram

The North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust have launched an online appeal to assist with the cosmetic restoration of one of the most distinctive preserved Blackpool trams in existence today – the illuminated Hovertram 735. The iconic feature car was transported … Continue reading

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Totally Transport cancelled

On the evening of 23rd March, it was announced that the annual Totally Transport event in Blackpool would not be taking place in 2015. The New South Promenade based transport event has been a popular part of the Fylde events … Continue reading

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East Anglia on track for a great season

The East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft, is gearing up for the start of its 2015 operating season on 1st April (this isn’t a joke – the museum does actually re-open on April Fools Day!). During the … Continue reading

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Centenary car 648 goes back in time

The latest member of the Blackpool heritage fleet to be fitted with replica period-style destination blinds is Centenary car 648. During yet another visit to Blackpool over the weekend of 21st & 22nd March, Peter Watts – who is supplying … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Conductor training in Blackpool

The process of recruiting volunteer conductors to work on Blackpool’s heritage trams during the 2015 season culminated in a training exercise on Sunday 22nd March, when eleven successful candidates were taken out for a day of intensive training on ‘Princess … Continue reading

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A Hull of a delay

Some slightly¬†disappointing¬†news comes from the Heaton Park Tramway, where delays to the completion of restoration work on Hull 96 has forced the Manchester Transport Museum Society to postpone its planned return to use. A special launch day had been planned … Continue reading

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Riding and dining in Blackpool

Blackpool Transport’s latest venture from its highly succesful Heritage Tram Tours commenced operation on Wednesday 18th March, when the first ever ‘Ride & Dine Wednesday’ event took place, featuring restored Balloon car 717. This also marked the beginning of the … Continue reading

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The tiger gains its stripes

Efforts to recreate one of the best-loved advertising liveries in the history of the Blackpool tramway have been completed recently, in a most unusual location. Now based at Anchorsholme Academy, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 622 has now received the full external … Continue reading

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Rack 2 gets stuffed

As expected, Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Rack’ 2 has now taken up residence in the Great Exhibition Hall at Crich Tramway Village. This tram has been a popular member of the running fleet at Crich almost constantly since the commencement of … Continue reading

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Date confirmed for 680′s Heaton Park debut

The much-anticipated entry into service of Blackpool Ex-Towing car 680 (currently known by its earlier identity of 280) at its new permanent home, the Heaton Park Tramway, has been confirmed to take place on 26th April. Having just made its … Continue reading

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An eventful early season weekend at Beamish

Beamish Museum staged two days of enhanced tramway activity on the weekend of Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March, with all of the currently operational tramcars in service and others displayed prominently for photographic opportunities, plus some bonus evening events … Continue reading

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More chances to support the Blackpool Heritage Trust

Fans of Blackpool’s heritage trams are being offered the chance to purchase a unique souvenir and by doing so, help to raise vital funds to help with the preservation and restoration of these vehicles. A strictly limited edition framed ‘destination … Continue reading

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Sunderland 16 dedicated to a Beamish stalwart

As part of the Beamish tramway’s enhanced activities on the weekend of 7th & 8th March, a plaque was unveiled which has been installed inside Sunderland 16 in memory of Tony Wickens, who was a founder member of the Beamish … Continue reading

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Liverpool 43 on the move again!

In order to free up space in the Pacific Road building at Birkenhead, the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society’s beautifully restored horse tramcar Liverpool 43 has recently been returned to the main tram depot at Taylor Street. This means that, for … Continue reading

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