Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Heritage tram driver training steps up in Blackpool

The last week of February 2015 was an interesting one in Blackpool, thanks to the appearance of several members of the retained traditional tram fleet being noted out and about on the tramway. This was part of a concerted effort … Continue reading

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Ramsey interchange plans rejected

Plans for a new transport interchange at Ramsey on the Isle of Man have been placed in serious doubt after local ministers rejected the proposals, which included the construction of a car park, bus storage and washing facilities as well … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Ex-Towing car 679

After publishing some really old pictures recently, today’s archive pictures feature a scene that many readers of this site will be very familiar with – that of a classic Blackpool tramcar at the Fleetwood Ferry terminus, preparing to depart with … Continue reading

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Heaton Park depot track 1 takes shape

Progress on the construction of the third and final track into the new Lakeside Depot at the Heaton Park Tramway, confusingly known as Track 1, has been nothing short of astounding since work on this task commenced earlier this month. … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More destinations from the past appear in Blackpool

The dedication of French tram enthusiast Peter Watts continues to bear fruit, with three members of the Blackpool Heritage Trust’s collection of trams now sporting brand new period-style destination blinds which he has kindly made at no cost to the … Continue reading

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Blackpool trams to line up at Beamish

A special mini-event aimed at tram enthusiasts is to be held at Beamish Museum on the weekend of Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th March. This will feature an intensive four-tram service, behind-the-scenes tours and photo opportunities, the highlight of which … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Liverpool 245 back on track for public launch

On Saturday 15th February, Liverpool 245 undertook a succesful day of test running on the Birkenhead heritage tramway. This follows some further remedial work to try and rectify problems which had been experienced with the tram following its initial testing … Continue reading

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MTPS members to decide Warrington 2′s future

Members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society are set to be given a unique opportunity to decide on the future for one of the Society’s collection of vintage tramcars. The derelict lower deck of Warrington 2 was acquired by the … Continue reading

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Spring is in the air at Heaton Park

The 2015 season got underway at Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway on Sunday 15th February – the first public operating day for this popular attraction. Although trams had in fact operated for some private guests the week before, this was the … Continue reading

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A Valentines Day surprise from Blackpool Transport

To the amazement of many people, two of Blackpool Transport’s modified ‘B Fleet’ Balloon cars were used in ordinary passenger service on Valentines Day, Saturday 14th February. The two chosen cars were 700 and 719, both of which spent the … Continue reading

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Heaton Park Tramway prepares to re-open for 2015

Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway is set to re-commence public operations on Sunday 15th February, after a relatively short winter hibernation. This will be the first chance for members of the public to travel along the heritage tramway in 2015, with … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool trams on driver training

On Friday 6th February, two members of the Blackpool heritage fleet made winter appearances out on the tramway for driver training purposes. Both Fleetwood Box 40 and Balloon 700 were used for this role, and both trams were fitted with … Continue reading

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Balloon 715 comes alive

The Blackpool Heritage Trust have provided a welcome update on the current work being lavished upon Blackpool Balloon 715, which should enable this tram to be used in service this season for the first time since November 2011. Work is … Continue reading

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Sheffield 264 progress report

Little has been heard about the progress made on the major overhaul of Sheffield 264 at Beamish Museum for some time, but recently an update has been provided on this project by the Museum’s Keeper of Transport, Paul Jarman, on … Continue reading

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Blackpool’s ‘B Fleet’ to see some use in 2015

It has been revealed that Blackpool Transport intend to use three members of the ‘B Fleet’ of modified Balloon cars in passenger service during 2015. These trams have been largely disused since the transformation of the Blackpool tramway into a … Continue reading

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Burton & Ashby 14′s new home revealed

It has been confirmed that the recently repatriated Burton & Ashby 14 has now arrived at a new home close to its original home system. The tramcar is now based at the Statford Barn Railway, just sixteen miles away from … Continue reading

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Working in a winter wonderland at Heaton Park

So far in 2015, no passenger services have operated on Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway, but behind the scenes an incredible amount of work has been taking place. Although the main focus remains the ongoing restoration of Hull 96, other projects … Continue reading

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Winter work at Crich Tramway Village

Despite being closed to paying customers since early November, there is still plenty going on at Crich Tramway Village this winter. The major project has been the renewal of the interlaced track passing beneath the Bowes Lyon Bridge, which is … Continue reading

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Blackpool 671 is back at Rigby Road (again!)

There was an unexpected delivery at Blackpool’s Rigby Road tram depot on the morning of Monday 26th January, when Twin car motor 671 returned home following a lengthy period of outside storage at Marton. 671 was the last of the … Continue reading

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Bad news for two preserved Blackpool trams

Two popular preserved Blackpool tramcars have started 2015 on a negative note, after many years of reliable service. Beamish Museum’s Sunderland 101 – best known by many of us as Blackpool Balloon 703 – has recently been withdrawn from use, … Continue reading

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