Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Tiger tram escapes from Rigby Road! *Updated with more photos*

Monday 14th April 2014 was a landmark day in the lengthy career of Blackpool Brush Railcoach 622, as on this date the car was transported to a new home at a local primary school. Following a short period of uncertainty … Continue reading

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Blackpool Event Preview: ‘English Electric at Easter’

Blackpool Transport have now revealed all of the provisional details of the planned heritage tram running days over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. As expected, the first three days of heritage operation in 2014 will heavily feature the English Electric streamlined … Continue reading

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Heritage trams invade Starr Gate depot!

Residents of Blackpool’s New South Promenade could have been forgiven for thinking that the town’s remaining heritage trams were gearing up for battle, ready to try and reclaim dominance of their native system from their replacements, the Flexity2 class, on … Continue reading

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Heaton Park and Blackpool Transport team up for Easter event

When it was first announced that Blackpool’s heritage tram service would not be operating on Easter Monday this year, there was considerable disappointment expressed, particularly from those people who had planned to stay over in Blackpool for the long weekend … Continue reading

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The race is on to save a Brighton tram shelter

Not content with working to restore the last electric passenger tram from Brighton, a small but dedicated group of transport enthusiasts are now seeking to rescue another rare artefact from this long-lost tram system. The Brighton Tram 53 Society have … Continue reading

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Warning! Tramcar unloading! (updated with more photos)

Less than twenty-four hours after it left the seaside behind, Blackpool Balloon car 711 touched down on Crich rails to begin its operating loan period at the National Tramway Museum on the morning of Wednesday 9th April. Having travelled via … Continue reading

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Warning! Tramcar departing!

On Tuesday 8th April 2014, Blackpool Balloon car 711 bid farewell to the seaside for the first time in its eighty-year career when it left Rigby Road on the back of a low loader. As reported previously, the tram is … Continue reading

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Balloon cars on Blundell Street

Further details of the ‘English Electric at Easter’ event which is due to take place on the Blackpool tramway over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend have now emerged, with a series of four-car lineups on Blundell Street set to add … Continue reading

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Southampton 45 raised from the dead!

Welcome news from the Crich Tramway Village, is the commissioning of Southampton 45 following a year-long lay-off. On Saturday 5th April, the tram was taken up to Glory Mine on a test run, and now looks set to rejoin the … Continue reading

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Your OMO car needs you!

One of Blackpool’s most valuable heritage tramcars, OMO car 8, could soon be back in passenger service thanks to the support of an appeal for donations to finance its restoration to an operational condition. The tram – which is of … Continue reading

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Blackpool and Beamish get recruiting

Two of the most prominent tram operators in the UK are currently recruiting for positions which will enable the successful applicants the opportunity to shape upcoming developments at the respective locations in a big way. For Blackpool Transport, the search … Continue reading

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Blackpool’s heritage fleet prepare for Easter

Work on preparing the operational heritage trams at Blackpool for service over the Easter weekend – which is now just over two weeks away! – is now at a well advanced stage. As well as electrical servicing at Starr Gate, … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 16: Budapest 2576+2577

For our latest trip down memory lane, British Trams Online goes back almost two decades to the mid-nineties, and a visit to the short-lived ‘Transperience’ attraction sited near Bradford. This multi-million pound museum featured a number of working vehicle exhibits, … Continue reading

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Sunderland 16′s completion delayed

The long-running remedial work on Sunderland 16 to return this attractive tram to service at Beamish Museum is still ongoing, thanks to a number of unforeseen circumstances which have conspired to delay the completion of this project. It had been … Continue reading

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The Starr Gate snowplough swap

The two Blackpool Balloon cars fitted with snowplough equipment for the winter period have recently switched places, with car 723 returning to Rigby Road following several weeks outstationed at Starr Gate depot. In its place, fellow plough tram 701 has … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Heaton Park Tramway re-opens for business

Just one day after the Crich Tramway Village re-opened for the 2014 season, it was the turn of the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester to resume operating for another year. Sunday 30th March also marked the start of the Great … Continue reading

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Crich kick off the 2014 season

The first proper open day at Crich Tramway Village in 2014 was Saturday 29th March, when a three tram service operated, as is scheduled to run every day the museum is open this year. Although a limited open day had … Continue reading

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Western Train loses its trolley

One of Blackpool’s best loved trams, the illuminated Western Train 733, has undergone another minor change to its external appearance recently, with the removal of its trolley arm. It may be recalled that over winter, 733 had been fitted with … Continue reading

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Manchester 765 prepared for Mayoral visit to Heaton Park

Ahead of the commencement of the 2014 operating season on Sunday 30th March, the Heaton Park Tramway played host to a very special guest on Friday 28th March, when the Mayor of Manchester paid an official visit to the tramway. … Continue reading

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More good news for Blackpool’s heritage service

After starting the year on a low with the announcement of budget cuts which threatened to severely dent this year’s operations, the heritage tram service at Blackpool has been the subject of many positive developments recently, with more running days … Continue reading

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