Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

A record-breaking Bank Holiday in Blackpool

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Blackpool’s heritage trams were once again out in force with the now familiar gold timetable in operation on both Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August. Normally six trams would be used for this, which … Continue reading

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Ride the Lights by Frigate

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have decided to capitalise on this year’s ‘Ride the Lights’ event on Tuesday 1st September, with a special illuminations tour being offered on Frigate 736. As has become an annual tradition in Blackpool, a preview of … Continue reading

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Black & white blinds for a red & white Balloon

Almost exactly one year after debuting in service in its recreated red & white ‘Routemaster’ livery as first seen in 1991, Blackpool Balloon 701 now has an even more authentic appearance thanks to the addition of black and white destination … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Hull 96 sees daylight again

The renovation of Hull 96 at the Heaton Park Tramway continues to make impressive progress ahead of its planned October launch. On Tuesday 25th August, the tram was briefly brought outside to allow Blackpool 623 to be placed over the … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Metropolitan Electric Tramways 331

Metropolitan Electric Tramways 331 is a tram which has featured before in our archive photo series, following its restoration to passenger-carrying status at Crich in its latter day identity as Sunderland 100. However, a little known fact about 331 is … Continue reading

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680 set to run in Blackpool this month!

Following the exciting news of Blackpool 680‘s arrival at Rigby Road on Friday 21st August, no time has been wasted in preparing the tram for service and it has now been revealed that it will make its public debut over … Continue reading

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September launch confirmed for Liverpool 245

After a whole host of issues and delays, a new launch date has finally been announced for Liverpool ‘Baby Grand’ 245 – the tram is set to enter public service on the Birkenhead tramway for the first time ever on … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool 680 comes home

Following a super-fast but superb repaint into its 1990s livery, Blackpool Ex-Towing car 680 was transported from Manchester back to Blackpool on the morning of Friday 21st August by Calkelds Heavy Haulage. Less than two weeks after it ran at … Continue reading

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Private and public events to mark ‘TMS 60′

As reported previously, the Tramway Museum Society celebrates its sixtieth anniversary this year and this milestone will be marked with a special event entitled ‘TMS60′ which is being held on Saturday 19th September, incorporating the annual Enthusiasts Day. However, it … Continue reading

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Railcoaches prepare to return home

Two of Blackpool’s classic single deck Railcoaches are now ready and waiting to return home to Rigby Road thanks to some recent positive developments. The repaint of Ex-Towing car 680 at the Heaton Park Tramway has now been completed, whilst … Continue reading

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Incredible events for Blackpool 130th anniversary announced

Outline plans have now been revealed for the highly anticipated weekend event celebrating 130 years of the Blackpool tramway in September, and this looks set to be the most ambitious and impressive event in the modern era so far by … Continue reading

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The tram that can’t be moved

The task of transferring Blackpool Brush Railcoach 290 from its current location to storage at Rigby Road sounds a simple one on paper, but unfortunately it has turned out to be anything but. It will be recalled that this tram … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘The Tower to Bispham – the Blackpool Tramway since 1960′

Last year, well-known Blackpool tramway historian Brian Turner released the first of a trilogy of books taking a detailed look at the changing face of this much-loved system in the period since 1960, focussing on the section from Starr Gate … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Middleton Road Paint Shop!

The original tram depot at the Heaton Park Tramway is currently resembling a Paint Shop, with two trams currently occupying the building which are being transformed in appearance. The long-running project, Hull 96, has recently been joined by Blackpool 280 … Continue reading

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Trams & Chips

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours are offering a unique new experience on Wednesday 30th September, by teaming up with the world-famous fish & chip shop Harry Ramsdens for an illuminations tour with a difference! This brand is of course no stranger … Continue reading

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‘HMS Blackpool’ on driver training

The sight of heritage and ‘B Fleet’ trams on driver training duties in Blackpool has become an increasingly common one of late, presumably as efforts intensify to increase the number of staff trained on these trams in time for the … Continue reading

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Trams & Planes

The recent week-long 1940s event at Crich Tramway Village featured a special appearance by an unusual visitor: a Spitfire aircraft, which was prominently displayed at Town End for the whole week. Co-incidentally while this event was in full swing, another … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Conduit car 4

For today’s ‘Picture in Time’ image we head once again to Manchester, however rather than the familiar Heaton Park Tramway or the Metrolink system, our destination this time is the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry. For a number of … Continue reading

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Blackpool rocks Heaton Park!

On the weekend of 8th & 9th August, a number of heritage organisations in Manchester hosted a joint event celebrating the city’s love affair with the seaside resort of Blackpool. Naturally, such an event provided the perfect opportunity for the … Continue reading

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Balloon cars prepare for weekend events

Two of the less-seen of Blackpool’s Balloon class in preservation, cars 702 and 721, have recently received a bit of TLC ahead of events this weekend being held by their respective owners, the Manchester Transport Museum Society and the North … Continue reading

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