Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

In Pictures: Brush car 290 meets an old friend

Our latest look at the transformation of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust’s Blackpool Brush car 290 shows the tram in the latter stages of its repaint into a traditional green and cream livery. The gloss coat has now been applied … Continue reading

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Blackpool Coronation 304 runs on test

Another small piece of tramway history occured on Wednesday 20th August 2014, when a VAMBAC equipped tramcar operated on the upgraded Blackpool system for the first time. The honour of performing this historic duty went to Coronation car 304 which … Continue reading

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Liverpool 869 lifts off!

A satisfying step towards the return to service of Liverpool 869 at Crich Tramway Village occurred on Saturday 16th August, when the tram was lifted off its bogies for a heavy overhaul to begin. This follows a period of inactivity … Continue reading

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Event Preview: Blackpool heritage tram operation, 23rd – 25th August

The final stint of daytime operation for the Blackpool tramway’s heritage fleet occurs over the three-day August Bank Holiday weekend, with an action packed schedule planned as usual to entertain enthusiasts and other passengers alike. With many of the English … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Further progress on Blackpool 290

The transformation of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust’s Blackpool Brush Railcoach 290 has continued to make impressive progress in the last few days with a good impression of the final green and cream livery now in evidence. This has been … Continue reading

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Birkenhead tramway re-opens at last

Following a difficult few months, there is some good news from the Birkenhead tramway which will re-open on Saturday 16th August. This follows a period of enforced closure following an electrical fault affecting the tramway’s circuit breaker located at the main Taylor … Continue reading

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Blackpool trams see red for August event

Provisional details of the heritage tram output in Blackpool planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend have now been announced, confirming that two red liveried streamliners are set to steal the limelight for the final stint of daytime heritage tram tours … Continue reading

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The Blackpool Heritage Trust – what does it mean?

The formation of the Blackpool Heritage Trust to help secure the long-term future of a heritage tram fleet in Blackpool, has been greeted with much celebration from the vast majority of enthusiasts. However, the creation of the new Trust has … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester 173 prepares for war

We are pleased to provide some more images of Manchester 173 from the Heaton Park Tramway in its temporary guise as a recruitment tram, to help commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. These pictures show … Continue reading

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Brush car 290 makes progress

The transformation of preserved Blackpool Brush Railcoach 290 is continuing to make impressive progress, with the first traces of green and cream paint now evident. This will soon eradicate the hideous graffiti art applied to the tram last summer, and … Continue reading

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The railgrinder refreshed

Heaton Park Tramway’s venerable works car, Blackpool 1 (or 752 as it was known for much of its existence) is currently being treated to some remedial attention in an attempt to both smarten up the tram and help to preserve … Continue reading

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A landmark day for Blackpool’s heritage trams

Tuesday 12th August 2014 will go down in history as a milestone date for Blackpool’s traditional tram fleet, as it was on this date that the new organisation set up to look after these trams went ‘live’, with a public … Continue reading

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NEETT put on a good show despite the storms

The second annual ‘Trams & Transport Sunday’ at the North East Land, Sea & Air Museum in Sunderland was held on Sunday 10th August, and built on the success of last year’s inaugural event with a much wider range of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A soggy Sunday at Beamish

The Great British weather hasn’t exactly been kind to us over the last few days with some very unseasonal rain and wind battering the UK and its tramways. We take a look at one such heritage line, at Beamish Museum, … Continue reading

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In Pictures: London trams in the works at Crich

As one major workshop project at Crich Tramway Village funded by the London County Council Tramways Trust is drawing towards a conclusion, another is just getting started. During a visit to the museum on Sunday 3rd August, LCC 106 and … Continue reading

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Three repaints in three years for Blackpool 290

Having spent just over a year in a controversial graffiti art livery, preserved Blackpool Brush Railcoach 290 is set for yet another makeover courtesy of its owners, the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust. Having initially been outshopped in a white and … Continue reading

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Do you want to rent-a-tram?

The Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust have come up with a rather bizarre new scheme in their latest attempt to safeguard the futures of their collection of historic Blackpool trams. Following previous projects involving trams being painted in novel liveries, attention … Continue reading

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A visit to Crich Tramway Village – Sunday 3rd August

On Sunday 3rd August, British Trams Online writer Andrew Waddington paid a visit to Crich Tramway Village, primarily to see and ride on Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Box’ car 40. As has been extensively reported on this site recently, car 40 … Continue reading

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Return of the red Boat

Although the heritage tram tours in Blackpool so far in 2014 have been a resounding success, one tram has been noticeably absent from the promenade so far this year. Following a repaint in a stunning red and cream livery which … Continue reading

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Heritage trams spice up Fleetwood Tram Sunday

The annual Fleetwood Festival of Transport, more commonly known as ‘Tram Sunday’, took place on Sunday 20th July 2014 with the usual mix of vintage transport displays, trade stalls and family entertainment filling the streets of Fleetwood, which were closed … Continue reading

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