Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Blackpool’s February Gold output announced

This weekend – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th February – sees the second special ‘Gold’ running weekend for Blackpool’s heritage trams with an impressive turnout of six cars per day planned. In addition, the Tramway & Light Railway Society are … Continue reading

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Storm Doris shuts down heritage tours for a day

Wind gusts of up to 80mph battered Blackpool promenade on Thursday 23rd February, resulting in delays to the core tram service with LRVs operating at a lower speed than normal for safety reasons. The day’s heritage service was also cancelled … Continue reading

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A step in the right direction for Brush car 298

Blackpool Brush Railcoach 298 is perhaps one of the more overlooked trams in the national collection. Some significant restoration work was undertaken on this tram, which was the very first of its class to depart from Blackpool for preservation in … Continue reading

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Pink on blue!

A little piece of history was made by Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours on Sunday 19th February when, for the first time ever, modified Balloon car 713 was used on the basic ‘blue’ heritage timetabled service. This saw the tram employed … Continue reading

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RIP Bob Hill

Bob Hill, one of the leading figures of the Manchester Transport Museum Society and a hugely important person in the tram preservation scene, has sadly died. He was the MTMS President at the time of his passing, and had previously … Continue reading

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Douglas horse trams to appear on TV

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is set to star in an episode of BBC1′s rural current affairs programme Countryfile on Sunday 26th February. This episode will see presenters Ellie Harrison and Joe Crowley visit a number of sights on the … Continue reading

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Beamish trams on the turn!

February has seen not one, not two, but three of the resident tramcars at Beamish Museum placed on a low loader! However, none of the cars have actually left the museum grounds, but this was simply a means of turning … Continue reading

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An early start for daily heritage tours in Blackpool

Due to the school half-term holidays taking place during February, Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have started running a daily heritage service – the earliest in the year that this level of service has ever been provided since the tramway’s light … Continue reading

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A new roll for Bispham Station

One of the most distinctive structures on the Blackpool tramway is without a doubt the impressive building on the seaward side of the tracks at Bispham. As well as providing shelter to passengers waiting for a tram, this once housed … Continue reading

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Douglas 28 on the move

It may be remembered that last year, a small number of Douglas horse trams were sold off at auction. Initially it was announced that, once sold, the trams would all have to be removed from Strathallan depot within a fairly … Continue reading

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Heritage Tram Tours launch 2017 in style!

The weekend of January 28th & 29th saw the first heritage tram tours of 2017 operating in Blackpool, with the now familiar ‘Gold’ service in operation to start the year with a bang! This ran to the usual pattern with … Continue reading

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New ‘Limited Stop’ signs on Blackpool’s heritage trams

A small yet welcome change has adorned a number of Blackpool’s traditional trams for the start of the 2017 operating season. Since the heritage service was revived with a more frequent service and volunteer crews in 2015, trams have carried … Continue reading

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Crich awarded £100,000 for depot improvements

It is pleasing to announce that the Tramway Museum Society have been awarded grant funding of £100,000 towards the cost of improving the main depots at Crich Tramway Village. This will help to provide a much improved environment for the … Continue reading

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TLC for Boat 227

Winter has always been a busy time for Blackpool’s Rigby Road workshops and, although the workforce has been reduced since the tramway upgrade, this is still true to this day. As well as routine work on the operational heritage trams, … Continue reading

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First ever fare increase for Blackpool’s heritage tours

It may seem hard to believe, but Blackpool’s Heritage Tram Tours will soon be five years old! The price of a day ticket has remained the same since the service began at Easter 2012, but is set to rise by … Continue reading

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Is a Liverpool tram reunion on the cards?

We’ve already announced that the Birkenhead heritage tramway will be playing host to a special event on Saturday 16th September, marking 60 years since the closure of the Liverpool tram system. So far details on what will actually happen on … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Glasgow 1016 on the move

In December 2016, we reported on the exciting news that the remains of Glasgow 1016 – also known as Paisley 16 in its past life – had been moved to Blackpool, having joined the collection of the Blackpool Heritage Trust. … Continue reading

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In Pictures: FTS Christmas Tour 2016

The Fylde Tramway Society usually hold an annual Christmas tour of the Blackpool tramway, and 2016 was no exception. The latest event was held on 30th December and featured B Fleet Balloon car 713 – a rare appearance for this … Continue reading

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Blackpool on ‘Great British Railway Journeys’

The upcoming episode of the popular BBC2 television series ‘Great British Railway Journeys’, hosted by Michael Portillo, to be shown on Monday 9th January at 6:30pm, will see the presenter travel between Blackpool and Manchester. This programme is expected to … Continue reading

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Blackpool heritage running days for 2017 revealed

There may be a little bit of 2016 left, but that has not stopped the operators of Blackpool’s Heritage Tram Tours from planning ahead with a full schedule of planned operating dates for 2017 now available on their website. This … Continue reading

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