Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Totally Models is a total triumph!

A few years after the last ‘Totally Transport’ event held on Blackpool’s New South Promenade, a brand new event was launched to take its place in late June 2017. ‘Totally Models’ was created to add to the existing June gold … Continue reading

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Crich depot fund update

It has been a while since any updates were given on the project to upgrade the main tram depots at Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum – but that doesn’t mean that nothing has been happening! In … Continue reading

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Dudley & Stourbridge 5 returns home

It has come to light that Dudley & Stourbridge 5 has recently returned home to the Black Country Living Museum, following a lengthy period spent in Wales where the tram has been undergoing a major overhaul. It is not known … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Another outing for Burton & Ashby 14

The latest open day at the Statfold Barn Railway near Tamworth provided another opportunity for enthusiasts to see and ride on Burton & Ashby 14. The tram was of course returned to service following careful restoration earlier this year, having … Continue reading

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An accessible Amsterdam tram?

At the East Anglia Transport Museum near Lowestoft, Amsterdam 474 has been out of service for some time awaiting rectification of mechanical defects, primarily affecting its motor. However, the tram is far from forgotten and in fact, recent thoughts have … Continue reading

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Pop stars take over trams for BBC Music Day

Passengers on some of the UK’s light rail systems may have been surprised to hear some familiar voices in an unlikely setting on Thursday 15th June, as part of the celebrations for BBC Music Day. One of the more unusual … Continue reading

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Marton 31 to miss summer 2017?

Despite having returned to Beamish Museum from Blackpool in March of this year, Blackpool Marton Box 31 has still not returned to service at its home tramway. This is due to the car having worn tyres, and it has now … Continue reading

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Bournemouth 85 gets a visit from the TMS

It may be recalled that, some time ago, the Tramway Museum Society announced that Bournemouth 85 would be joining the national collection at Crich. On 13th June, a small team of volunteers from the Crich workshop travelled to Christchurch to … Continue reading

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Heaton Park recognise 25 years of Metrolink

An important milestone in British tramway history which seems to have gone largely unnoticed, is the 25th anniversary of Metrolink – the first second generation tramway in the UK. However, the Manchester Transport Museum Society have decided to hold a … Continue reading

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Blackpool cars 625 & 726 return home

As reported on this website last week, a storage arrangement has been made between Blackpool Transport, the Blackpool Heritage Trust and the current owner of two preserved Blackpool trams – Brush Railcoach 625 and Balloon 726 – for both of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Brush car 623 returns to Blackpool

On Tuesday 6th June, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 623 returned to Rigby Road depot at Blackpool to begin a loan period. The tram has been in the care of the Manchester Transport Museum Society since 2010 and has spent most of … Continue reading

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Krefeld 412 finds shelter at last!

With an emphasis on Blackpool trams, its easy to forget sometimes that the North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust are also the proud owners of two trams from much further afield. Last winter, Graz 210 was brought to Washington near Sunderland … Continue reading

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Two more Blackpool trams to return to Rigby Road

After a period of time out in the cold, two further Blackpool trams are set to return home to the sanctuary of Rigby Road depot thanks to an agreement between their current owner and the Blackpool Heritage Trust. Both Brush … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool 718 relaunched with a shiny new coat!

The star attraction on the Blackpool tramway for the latest heritage gold operating weekend has been Rebuilt Balloon 718 which has just been released from the Paint Shop in a sparkling coat of green and cream paint. Following a period … Continue reading

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Last chance to ride Blackpool 623 in Manchester (for now!)

As has been reported previously, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 623 is heading back home for an operating loan period to help mark the 80th anniversary of Blackpool’s Brush cars. However, before it returns to Blackpool there will be a final chance … Continue reading

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Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours reveal Spring Bank Holiday output

Once again another weekend of enhanced heritage tram activity in Blackpool is almost here, with the Spring Bank Holiday weekend providing the perfect excuse for three days of the excellent ‘Gold’ service to be in operation. As with the May … Continue reading

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Re-launch date for Blackpool 718 announced

Following a repaint into a classic green and cream livery, Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours are re-launching Rebuilt Balloon car 718 with a series of special trips on the evening of Friday 26th May. It will be recalled that 718 previously … Continue reading

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Jubilee car 761 acquired by Blackpool Heritage Trust

Since the end of the traditional tramway operation in Blackpool in November 2011, great efforts have been taken to rebuild a collection of trams representing all of the different types of tramcar which formed the running fleet in the final … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New ceiling for Sheffield 74

2016 was the first year for two decades that Sheffield 74 did not operate at the Crich Tramway Village. It may be remembered that the popular Edwardian tramcar had been withdrawn from service due to excessive mould growth on its … Continue reading

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Brush car 621 – back from the dead!

After a short spell in Blackpool’s Electrical Compound, Brush Railcoach 621 is now able to move around under its own power for the first time in several years. As reported previously, the tram is being restored to running order to … Continue reading

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