Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Crich reveal first event plans for 2015

The first few dates for special events at Crich Tramway Village have now begun to appear on the museum’s official website, with a definite theme of wars apparent in what has been announced so far. The usual two 1940s-themed events … Continue reading

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Manchester 765 to revisit the city centre!

Following on from a high profile event to celebrate its 100th anniversary year, Manchester 765 is set to enjoy another day in the limelight before the year is out. On November 4th, the tram is due to be displayed outside … Continue reading

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Blackpool heritage trams need your help!

The Blackpool Heritage Trust are appealing for volunteers to help sell copies of a booklet produced to help raise vital funds to preserve the town’s tramway heritage. The Trust are hoping to station volunteers at Pleasure Beach to offer books … Continue reading

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Good and bad news from the Crich workshop

There have been a few interesting developments going on within the confines of the Crich workshop, as overhaul work nears completion on London County Council 106 and gets seriously underway on Liverpool 869. Unfortunately, it has come to light that … Continue reading

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Event Report: Blackpool tram event at Crich, October 12th 2014

On Sunday 12th October, the National Tramway Museum staged an ‘extra’ event which was arranged at short notice to capitalise on the large variety of Blackpool trams currently at the museum. This was intended to mark a number of occasions, … Continue reading

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Winter track work at the museums

Two of the UK’s museum tramways are using the winter shutdown as an opportunity to carry out some vital work on their infrastructure, with major track renewal taking place at both the East Anglia Transport Museum and Crich Tramway Village. … Continue reading

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Liverpool 245 steals the (Bus & Tram) show

This year’s Wirral Bus & Tram Show was held at Birkenhead on Sunday 5th October and, as usual, featured a superb selection of vintage vehicles on display whilst the Birkenhead tramway had four different trams operating in passenger service throughout … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A Manchester tram at Briggate

Following on from its brief visit to Yorkshire to appear at a World War One centenary commemoration event earlier in the year, Manchester 173 made a second trip across the Pennines in early October, to participate in a second special … Continue reading

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Balloon 726 put up for sale

The future survival of Blackpool Balloon car 726 has been placed in serious doubt, with an announcement from its owners, the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust, that the tram is being offered for sale to any interested parties. It has been … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Birkenhead prepare for Bus & Tram Show

The biggest event of the year for the Birkenhead tramway will take place on Sunday 5th October, in the form of the popular annual ‘Bus & Tram Show’ which will feature a wide range of visiting road vehicles as well … Continue reading

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Blackpool Transport appoint a new boss

It has been announced that Blackpool Transport have finally appointed a new Managing Director, some seven months after Trevor Roberts departed from the company. The new boss is Jane Cole who will commence in the position on November 3rd, duly … Continue reading

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Crich Event Preview: Blackpool 711′s 80th birthday

On Sunday 12th October, a special event will be held at Crich Tramway Village to celebrate the 80th birthday of Blackpool Balloon car 711 which is of course currently on loan from Blackpool Transport. The event also takes advantage of … Continue reading

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Ups and downs for the Blackpool illuminations

It would be fair to say that the Blackpool tramway has faced a challenging few weeks at the start of the 2014 illuminations season, with a noticeable reduction in the number of illumination tours being operated for a number of … Continue reading

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Sheffield 513′s wiring woes

Since arriving at the East Anglia Transport Museum in early 2011, Sheffield ‘Roberts’ car 513 has seen somewhat erratic use compared to the extensive use that had been hoped for. Its appearances in passenger service during 2014 have been noticeably … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More new adverts adorn the Flexity fleet

The removal of Pleasure Beach advertising from Blackpool’s Flexity2 trams is continuing to make rapid progress, with two more trams appearing at the end of last week with new adverts in place of those for the theme park which they … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Balloon 701 re-launched

After appearing in an incomplete version of its red and white ‘Routemaster’ livery over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Blackpool Balloon 701 has now spent some more time in the Paint Shop for completion of this stunning repaint. The tram … Continue reading

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Variety is the spice of the lights

With the 2014 Blackpool illuminations season now well underway, it is pleasing to see that quite a few different members of the heritage tram fleet have been used on illumination tour duties already this year. With a reduction in the … Continue reading

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Another new Flexity advert in Blackpool

Following on from the recent application of new side advertisements to Blackpool Flexity 006, sister car 005 has now joined it in gaining a new sponsor. This has now become the second of the Flexity2 class to receive advertising for … Continue reading

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Newcastle 114 goes back to Beamish

A short but sweet visit to Crich Tramway Village for Newcastle 114 came to an end on Friday 19th September, when the tram departed for its usual home at Beamish, the Living Museum of the North. The tram had been … Continue reading

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Daylight debut announced for Balloon 701

The Blackpool Heritage Trust have announced details of a very special working on Friday 26th September, to celebrate the completion of work to restore Balloon car 701 in its early ’90s red and white livery, sponsored by the Fylde Tramway … Continue reading

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