Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Centenary car 641 helps its sisters

Whilst its latest transformation is ongoing, preserved Blackpool Centenary car 641 has also made a significant and welcome contribution towards the upkeep of its class on its old home tramway. Its owners, the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust, have very kindly … Continue reading

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Ghostly goings-on in Blackpool!

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have announced a novel new venture – ‘Ghost Tram’! On a limited number of dates during the autumn, author of ‘Haunted Blackpool’ Stephen Mercer will join passengers for a special spooky experience, riding on a historic … Continue reading

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Trolley troubles and air show delays in Blackpool

Saturday 12th July was an interesting day in Blackpool in many regards, albeit not a particularly good one for anyone using the tramway as a means of transportation! This was the first day of the annual promenade air show, which … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Birkenhead 20′s maiden voyage in Blackpool!

The first appearance of Birkenhead 20 on Blackpool’s promenade occurred on the morning of Tuesday 15th August, just short of four weeks after the open-top tramcar made its journey by road from Birkenhead to Blackpool. This was a test run, … Continue reading

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All change for next Blackpool ‘Gold’ weekend

Significant changes are to be made to the August Bank Holiday ‘Gold’ timetable operated by Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours. This is due to a series of concerts taking place on the promenade over that same weekend, which will result in … Continue reading

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Another makeover for Centenary car 641

The Fleetwood Heritage Trust are enabling another static display utilising one of their collection of historic Blackpool trams. Centenary car 641, which has been in situ on the display siding within the Pleasure Beach turning circle for the last few … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Brush car 623 at Starr Gate

Starr Gate Depot at Blackpool remains fairly rare territory for members of the heritage fleet, but on 1st August visiting Brush Railcoach 623 headed into the modern building for the first time in its life – indeed the last time … Continue reading

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Centenary car 645 returns home

Following on from the recent news that Blackpool Centenary car 645 had been declared surplus to requirements recently by its owners, the tram departed from Windy Harbour Caravan Park at Little Singleton, where it had resided since January 2012, on … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Birkenhead 20 arrives at Blackpool!

Birkenhead 20 made the journey by road from Birkenhead to Blackpool on Thursday 27th July, marking the start of its British Trams Online sponsored loan. The tram will be spending 12 months by the seaside and will receive attention to … Continue reading

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Tram events – how much notice is enough?

A topic of discussion which seems to have become increasingly common amongst tram enthusiasts of late, is the amount of notice being given before interesting events. In fairness, most major tram events are advertised well in advance with the main … Continue reading

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In Pictures: The Great Exhibition Hall at Crich

As has been reported recently on British Trams Online, there has been a good deal of tram shunting at Crich Tramway Village recently, with a number of the static collection moved around in order to make space inside the Exhibition … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Summer shunting at Crich – Part 2!

Just one day after some of the trams in the Exhibition Hall at Crich Tramway Village were moved around to make space for the future arrival of Bournemouth 85, there was even more shunting of some non-operational trams on Sunday … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Summer shunting at Crich – Part 1!

Any enthusiasts visiting Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 22nd July were treated to the sight of some very unusual trams being moved in and out of the Exhibition Hall. The display is being re-organised to make space for the imminent … Continue reading

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‘Tram Sunday’ brings the crowds out for heritage trams

Following on from the record-breaking heritage tram service between Blackpool and Fleetwood on 15th July, Sunday 16th July saw the annual Fleetwood Festival of Transport, more commonly known as Tram Sunday, take place. This included another intensive heritage service, but … Continue reading

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Dewirement forces one day closure for Crich

On Friday 21st July, a serious dewirement incident occurred at Crich Tramway Village, forcing the attraction to close for the day. Thankfully the damage has now been rectified sufficiently for the museum to re-open as normal on Saturday 22nd July.

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Record-breaking heritage service to Fleetwood!

Something really rather special happened on the Blackpool tramway on Saturday 15th July 2017 with relatively little fanfare, when an enhanced heritage service operated as part of the Fleetwood ‘Tram Sunday’ weekend. Normally, Tram Sunday itself is the main event … Continue reading

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Blackpool Brush car 623 relaunched in style!

Following its recent return to Blackpool on loan from the Heaton Park Tramway for its 80th anniversary year, Brush Railcoach 623 has now entered service back on its original home tramway for the first time since November 2009. The tram … Continue reading

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TMS trucks to help restore trams elsewhere

In a very welcome act of great generosity, the Tramway Museum Society have provided two tramcar trucks to other preservation organisations, to assist with the restoration of two very special trams. Both of the trucks had been housed at the … Continue reading

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Bring on the Brush cars!

As many regular readers of this website will know, 2017 sees Blackpool’s Brush cars celebrate their 80th anniversary and some celebrations are taking place in the town to mark this milestone. This looks set to start on Friday 14th July, … Continue reading

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British Trams Online help to bring Birkenhead 20 to Blackpool!

British Trams Online is delighted to announce that we are sponsoring a tram loan which will see one of the Birkenhead heritage tram fleet make the journey to Blackpool for the first time ever. Following negotiations between the Merseyside Tramway … Continue reading

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