Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Event report: Heritage trams to Starr Gate

Once part of the Totally Transport event held annually on Blackpool’s New South Promenade, the operation of a special heritage tram service to Starr Gate has become an established part of the tramway events calendar in June. This year two … Continue reading

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The Hilton Hotel’s heritage hire

On Wednesday 8th June, the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool hired three trams from the heritage fleet for an evening private hire. With a large party of people to transport, the trio of green and cream liveried Balloon cars – 715, … Continue reading

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Heritage trams to Starr Gate on 18th & 19th June

The next weekend of enhanced heritage tram operation in Blackpool will be on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June. This is a very special event as it will see traditional trams running to and from Starr Gate in passenger service. … Continue reading

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Heaton Park to commemorate the Somme centenary

A national commemorative event to mark 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, when 19,240 allied forces lost their lives in the initial assault, will be held in Manchester in July, and Heaton Park will be playing a major … Continue reading

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Your chance to visit LCC 1 at Garmendale

With the restoration of the framework of London County Council 1 currently being tackled by Garmendale Engineering for the National Tramway Museum, the opportunity is being taken to invite members of the public to view the tram (or what is … Continue reading

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More Manchester T68s to enter preservation?

The Manchester Transport Museum Society have released a statement concerning the future of three of the withdrawn T68s stored at the Trafford Park depot on the Metrolink system. It is already well known that the MTMS plan to acquire car … Continue reading

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Blackpool Council promote tramway extension plan

Blackpool Council have recently released a new brochure giving details of the plans for the much-discussed extension of the tramway to serve the North Station, via Talbot Road. This includes some very convincing mock-up images showing Flexity trams in the … Continue reading

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Copse Road depot consigned to history

Whilst many aspects of the Fylde coast’s tramway heritage are now being preserved for the enjoyment of future generations, it is sad to report that one very notable item has recently been lost. Copse Road Depot, the only such building … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Birthday Boating

The demand for private hires involving Blackpool’s heritage trams continues to increase with one particularly interesting hire taking place on Saturday 4th June. On this date, Boat 227 was hired by an enthusiast for a novel birthday celebration and operated … Continue reading

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Balloon versus Taxi

The number of accidents involving trams and motor cars in Blackpool seems to have escalated recently, with at least three such incidents in May alone. The latest mishap occurred on Saturday 28th May, involving a member of the heritage fleet … Continue reading

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In Pictures: The Western Train on tour

On Friday 27th May, a special evening tour was operated by Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, acting as a ‘warm-up’ for the Gold service running over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. This utilised the illuminated Western Train 733+734 which performed a … Continue reading

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Boating to Starr Gate

Visits by Blackpool’s open Boat cars to the tramway’s southern terminus at Starr Gate have been quite rare for many years, but in the past week two of the three cars which remain at Blackpool have graced this location with … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Regional Tramways – Scotland’ by Peter Waller

‘Regional Tramways’ is a new series of books by Peter Waller which aims to cover the history of tramway operations on all systems which existed across the British Isles, or at least as many as possible. The first two volumes … Continue reading

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Very important pictures preserved in Blackpool

As well as preserving a large number of historic Blackpool tramcars, the Blackpool Heritage Trust is also keen to ensure that other items of relevance to the town’s rich tramway history survive for future generations. A recent and noteworthy addition … Continue reading

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London trams get stripped

Despite the temporary departure of London County Council 1 from Crich Tramway Village to receive specialist repairs to its body frame by a specialist firm, the sight of a heavily stripped London tramcar in the museum’s workshop remains with the … Continue reading

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Another horse tram joins the Crich fleet

As well as being the first horse tram operating day of 2016, Saturday 21st April also witnessed the arrival of the National Tramway Museum’s latest acquisition – another horse tram, this time one hailing from London. The unrestored car was … Continue reading

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Flexity 015 stars on Coronation Street

After a filming session on 11th April, scenes shot in Blackpool were aired on ITV’s long-running soap opera Coronation Street on Monday 16th May. This included a brief appearance by Flexity 015 which was used for a stunt which almost … Continue reading

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Blackpool Standard 143 under assessment

The appearance of Blackpool Standard car 143 in the Body Shop at Rigby Road last September for the tramway’s 130th anniversary weekend created much interest, particularly as it was suggested that this may be the first step towards a return … Continue reading

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Night Train to Starr Gate

Following on from the success of the recent launch tour of Blackpool Balloon 723 as a warm-up to the most recent ‘gold’ operating weekend, Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have announced another exciting evening event to start the next Bank Holiday … Continue reading

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‘Bluebird’ flies away

The heavily stripped body shell of London County Council 1, alias ‘Bluebird’, left Crich on Thursday 12th May for a short road journey to Ilkeston. There, specialist engineers are to undertake expert repairs on the framework to remove the accumulated … Continue reading

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