Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Crich trams preparing for comebacks

This week has seen a milestone in the overhaul of London County Council 106, a tram which has resided in the workshop area at Crich Tramway Village for almost two years. The tram has now been commissioned and has undertaken … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A Birkenhead birthday celebration

During April 2015, the Birkenhead heritage tramway marked its 20th anniversary with a special enhanced running day held on Saturday 18th April. Unfortunately the intended six-car service proved to be overly ambitious with neither enough manpower or trams available, and … Continue reading

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Crich unveil their Recruitment Tramcar

Crich Tramway Village have unveiled their new First World War Recruitment Tramcar, Chesterfield 7, ahead of its scheduled public debut on 18th April. The tram has been extensively decorated for its new temporary role, recreating a common practice from last … Continue reading

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The Railgrinder retires

For the second time this year, one of the Blackpool tramcars preserved within the last decade has shown its age to the extent that its operational career has ended, for now at least. Heaton Park’s Blackpool Railgrinder 1, better known … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Balloon 701 on tour

On Saturday 11th April, a group of railway enthusiasts hired Blackpool Balloon 701 for a full system tour, with all proceeds being generously donated to the Blackpool Heritage Trust. This included use of various different turnback points and the novelty … Continue reading

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Trams are number one in Blackpool!

Blackpool Transport have had reason to celebrate recently as the famous tramway has been named the number one ‘thing to do’ in Blackpool by users of the popular website TripAdvisor. According to recent statistics, over 1400 people had proclaimed the … Continue reading

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A highly successful start for Blackpool’s heritage trams

The Blackpool heritage tram tours have started 2015 in fine form, by operating daily over the two-week Easter school holiday period. As reported previously, this included the inauguration of the new green timetable on Good Friday, with four heritage trams … Continue reading

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Heritage trams rule Easter in Blackpool

The four-day Easter weekend saw the first of this year’s special heritage tram events taking place in Blackpool, with the introduction of the green heritage timetable on Good Friday 3rd April. This was then followed by the inaugural operation of … Continue reading

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Flock to the shops on Blackpool 016

On Good Friday 2014, Blackpool Flexity 016 made history when it entered service as the first ever all-over advert articulated tram to run in Blackpool. Almost exactly one year, and Good Friday 2015 saw the second such advert on the … Continue reading

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Even more tours to Fleetwood announced!

The good news just keeps on coming from Blackpool, with the announcement that the already greatly anticipated Gold running days for the heritage tram fleet will now offer an even more exciting programme of events than expected! It was originally … Continue reading

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Balloon 715 goes back to the ’90s!

The Blackpool Heritage Trust have provided a welcome update on progress with the work to return Balloon car 715 to active service for use on heritage tours this year. Although work has slipped slightly behind schedule, work is progressing well, … Continue reading

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Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours announce Easter output

The provisional output of heritage trams in Blackpool for the four day Easter Bank Holiday weekend has now been revealed, and we are pleased to reproduce this below. A total of twelve different historic trams are scheduled to see use … Continue reading

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Gateshead 52 moves in

Monday 22nd March was an important day in the life of one of the most unfortunate preserved trams in the country – Gateshead 52. Since being moved from the National Tramway Museum store at Clay Cross to a new home … Continue reading

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Volunteers keep heritage tram tours running

“Staff shortage” – probably the two most dreaded words to impact upon the Blackpool tramway in the last couple of years. Understandably, whenever these two words rear their collective ugly head, the heritage tours have often suffered as Blackpool Transport … Continue reading

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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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