Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Newcastle 102′s fortunes are raised

Another step towards a possible return to service for Newcastle 102 occurred on Wednesday 30th September, when the tram was briefly raised off its trucks. As reported previously 102 has been residing in the Crich workshop where its condition is … Continue reading

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Cash boost for the Sheffield trams of Crich

The extensive collection of Sheffield tramcars owned by the Tramway Museum Society look set to benefit from the latest incredible act of generosity by a late tram enthusiast. TMS member Roger Benton who passed away recently, has bequeathed the remarkable … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 675+685 return to service for ‘Blackpool 130′ event

One of the many highlights of the fantastic weekend of events held to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Blackpool tramway over the weekend of 26th & 27th September, was undoubtedly the return to service of Twin set 675+685. The … Continue reading

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Final preparations in place for ‘Blackpool 130′

Many enthusiasts are currently descending on Blackpool, ready for the weekend’s spectacular events to celebrate 130 years of the famous promenade tramway. A full provisional list of which trams are due to run on both days has now been published … Continue reading

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New hope for old friends to run again at Crich?

As most readers of this website will be aware, the queue of trams awaiting attention in the Crich workshops is a very long one, and some cars have been waiting for a considerable amount of time to receive the work … Continue reading

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Static trams, bus tours and more announced for Blackpool 130

It is now less than a week to go until what is probably the most anticipated tram event of the year – the weekend celebration of the Blackpool tramway’s 130th anniversary. Most of what is going to happen is already … Continue reading

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Crich pull out all the open tops for ‘TMS 60′

The annual Enthusiasts Day at Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 19th September 2015 was an extra special event, celebrating 60 years since the formation of the Tramway Museum Society. As well as the usual intensive tram service an exciting programme … Continue reading

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719 finally makes it to Fleetwood

Tuesday 15th September was, on paper at least, another normal day on the Blackpool tramway. Of course, in recent times, and much like the ‘good old days’ before the tramway was modernised into a light rail system, there doesn’t seem … Continue reading

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Wallasey 78 celebrates our Queen

The Birkenhead heritage tramway’s Wallasey 78 has recently received new period style between-deck signwriting, ‘Loyal greetings to Her Majesty’. This is in recognition of Queen Elizabeth II’s recent remarkable achievement, in becoming the longest-reigning monarch in the history of Great … Continue reading

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3 X B

Sunday 13th September was another noteworthy day for the Blackpool tramway, and the modified pool of ‘B Fleet’ Balloon cars in particular. For what is thought to be the first time since 2012, three of these trams were utilised in … Continue reading

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Flexity 007 named Alan Whitbread

007 has become the second of Blackpool’s Flexity2 class of trams to be named. The tram has received the name ‘Alan Whitbread’ in gold lettering at both ends, beneath the driver’s windscreens. This follows on from sister 002 which was … Continue reading

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Preparations for ‘TMS 60′ event get underway

Workshop staff at Crich Tramway Village had an earlier start than usual on Saturday 12th September, shunting various trams in preparation for next week’s ‘TMS 60′ event which is being held on 19th September. As previously reported, this will predominantly … Continue reading

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Extra Friday fun in Blackpool

There were some strange goings-on in Blackpool on Friday 11th September when a limited heritage tram service operated completely unadvertised. It is believed that staff who were on duty for illumination tours during the evening were allocated trams and sent … Continue reading

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Sheffield 264 takes to the tracks (sort of!)

The restoration of Sheffield 264 at Beamish Museum has reached another landmark on 9th September. Whilst the body work remains incomplete, the truck has now been fully overhauled and reassembled, and on this day it was taken out for an … Continue reading

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Model trams stolen from Heaton Park

During the model tram show held as part of the annual Trans Lanc Rally at Heaton Park on Sunday 6th September, two model trams were noted missing, believed stolen, from the exhibition at the Middleton Road tram depot.

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Blackpool illuminations – the greatest free show on earth returns!

In Blackpool, the 2015 illuminations season is now underway and of course that means lots of exciting activity on the tramway! Whilst the period of midweek daytime operation for the heritage trams is now over for the year, these will … Continue reading

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Hull 96 goes under wraps!

The repaint of Hull 96 is now well underway with Heritage Painting moving in to the Heaton Park Tramway’s Middleton Road Depot on 1st September to start work on the tram following extensive preparation of the bodywork by volunteers. This … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Centenary cars 641 & 648

Today we turn the clock back eight years with a view of two Centenary cars at Pleasure Beach as the sun falls on one of the first evenings of the 2007 illuminations season in Blackpool. Despite being relatively recent, much … Continue reading

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A record-breaking Bank Holiday in Blackpool

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Blackpool’s heritage trams were once again out in force with the now familiar gold timetable in operation on both Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August. Normally six trams would be used for this, which … Continue reading

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Ride the Lights by Frigate

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have decided to capitalise on this year’s ‘Ride the Lights’ event on Tuesday 1st September, with a special illuminations tour being offered on Frigate 736. As has become an annual tradition in Blackpool, a preview of … Continue reading

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