Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Crich start recruiting in 2015

Following an earlier announcement that Crich Tramway Village will be hosting a First World War themed event in July 2015, it has been revealed that plans are afoot for one of the museum’s tramcars is set to be decorated as … Continue reading

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Blackpool Balloons prepare for snow

The tradition of two Blackpool Balloon cars being fitted with a snowplough in case of adverse weather conditions over winter, which resumed following the tramway upgrade, is continuing with two trams so fitted in case of heavy snow fall. For … Continue reading

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Boldly going where no tram tour has gone before!

The number of private hires involving members of the Blackpool heritage tram fleet seems to have escalated during 2014, with the use of various trams in connection with birthday celebrations becoming particularly popular. One such hire took place on Saturday … Continue reading

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Santa to visit trams in Blackpool and Manchester

Two tramways have announced that Father Christmas will be paying them a visit in the run-up to the big day, with both Blackpool and the Heaton Park Tramway preparing to welcome jolly old Saint Nick himself. Although not aimed at … Continue reading

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Blackpool Heritage Trust response to comments on Coronation 663

Following recent comments on this website relating to the situation surrounding the donation, by a private sponsor, towards restoration work on Blackpool Coronation car 663, and indeed the level of restoration undertaken on this tram (using these funds) prior to … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 24: Brussels Snow Broom 96

The latest tram to feature in our occasional series of archive images is Brussels 96, a snow broom car which is a static exhibit at the Crich Tramway Village painted in a generic brown colour scheme, representing show room condition … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Tramming

The Blackpool tramway has gained a bit of welcome exposure this month via BBC television. Earlier this month, the illuminated Frigate 736 appeared on ‘The One Show’ in connection with publicity for the broadcaster’s annual Children In Need appeal, and … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Starr Gate to the Tower – the Blackpool Tramway since 1960′ by Brian Turner

With so many books having been published over the years on the subject of the Blackpool tramway, finding new ways to cover this much-loved system in print is no easy task. However, Brian Turner has achieved it in his latest … Continue reading

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Heritage tramways look forward to more anniversaries

Two operating heritage tramways in the UK are already making very early plans to celebrate key anniversaries in their histories next year. 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Tramway Museum Society, who are planning to suitably … Continue reading

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Another season ends for Blackpool

Sunday 9th November marked the end of the Blackpool illuminations for 2014, and with it the end of the peak season for the town’s famous tramway. This brought the curtain down on another enjoyable year of public use for the … Continue reading

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Sunderland 16 sees daylight at last!

The heavily-delayed overhaul of Beamish Museum tramway stalwart Sunderland 16 has taken some significant steps towards completion this week. The tram was re-trucked on Wednesday 12th November, which allowed it to be moved outside allowing a sneak preview of its … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool 621 arrives at Beamish

The latest addition to the Beamish tram fleet, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 621, has now arrived safely at its new home and thanks to Gordon Bulmer we can share with you a couple of images showing the tram in the depot … Continue reading

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‘Classic London’ event for Crich

Crich Tramway Village have confirmed that it will be hosting a special London themed event (its third in four years) next summer, primarily to celebrate the return to service of London County Council 106. This tram has been undergoing an … Continue reading

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Dundee tram depot set to become a museum

An historic tram depot in Dundee, built in 1901 is set for a new lease of life as the home of a collection of historic vehicles, including the Scottish city’s last surviving horse-drawn tramcar. The former Maryfield tram shed had … Continue reading

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Escape from Alcatraz – Blackpool tram style!

On Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th November, three of the preserved Blackpool trams from the collection of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust made a great escape following a lengthy period of storage at Kirkham Prison, where they had resided since … Continue reading

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A Brush car for Beamish

The future of Blackpool’s pioneer Brush Railcoach has been secured, thanks to an unexpected but extremely welcome transfer of ownership. Following a period of storage at Kirkham Prison after being acquired by the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust, it has been … Continue reading

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Manx trams move out of Ramsey shed

No sooner had the 2014 operating season come to an end for the Manx Electric Railway, than some of the more unusual items of resident rolling stock were thrust into the limelight with a series of moves designed to clear … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More from Manchester 765′s big day out

After featuring some images of Heaton Park resident Manchester 765 being loaded up for its short visit to Manchester city centre to help commemorate the centenary of the First World War (as well as its own centenary year!), we are … Continue reading

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Burton & Ashby 14 is set to come home

When it was discovered, just a few weeks ago, that Burton & Ashby 14 was being put up for auction as part of a mass sale of assets from the city of Detroit, few people were optimistic about the future … Continue reading

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New Blackpool tram boss starts work

Blackpool Transport’s new Managing Director Jane Cole began work at the company on Monday 3rd November 2014, earning her place in the history books as the first woman ever to manage the famous Blackpool tramway. Jane has wasted no time in … Continue reading

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