Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

A new look for the illuminated Trawler

Trawler 737 may not be the most striking of Blackpool’s famous illuminated trams, but the tram looks set to become much more eye-catching thanks to a makeover funded by Lofthouses, whose Fisherman’s Friend brand has been advertised on the car … Continue reading

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A special ticket to ride

The latest initiative by Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours has been the introduction of special new souvenir tickets for the heritage tours. These were appropriately issued for the first time on January 30th, this being the first operating day for the … Continue reading

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More firsts for the Frigate and friends

The first ever ‘heritage gold’ weekend event in Blackpool, held over the weekend of 30th & 31st January 2016, has now passed and seems to have been hailed as a resounding success. Despite some appalling weather conditions and a few … Continue reading

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Brush Railcoach 634 will return to Blackpool!

The Blackpool Heritage Trust have announced that preserved Blackpool Brush Railcoach 634 will shortly be coming home, after its owner very generously agreed to donate the tram to the Trust. 634 was amongst the first trams to depart on the … Continue reading

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Balloons and blinds – Blackpool prepare for the new heritage season

We may be in the depths of winter but that doesn’t mean things are quiet in Blackpool – in fact, preparations are now well underway for the first ever heritage ‘winter gold’ event on 30th & 31st January. As reported … Continue reading

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Lytham 43 lands at Rigby Road

Lytham 43 has become the latest tram to join the growing collection of historic rolling stock based on the Blackpool tramway, when it was delivered to Rigby Road depot on the afternoon of Sunday 24th January. This follows the previous … Continue reading

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New name for a heritage tram stop

Many readers have probably noticed that for much of 2015, literature regarding the heritage tram operation in Blackpool referred to the North Pier heritage tram stop as North Pier/Tower (or vice versa). This was due to the actual stop being … Continue reading

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Winter warmers(?) for Blackpool’s first heritage days of 2016!

Only a few weeks have passed since the last trams ran back to Blackpool’s Rigby Road depot after the 2015 Santa Specials, but already plans are in place for the first heritage tram running days of 2016. As reported previously, … Continue reading

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Lytham 43 is Blackpool-bound!

2016 is just a few weeks old but already there is some very exciting news from the Blackpool Heritage Trust about a new addition to their collection of historic tramcars. As reported last year, the owner of Lytham 43 has … Continue reading

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Expanded events programme for Crich in 2016

Crich Tramway Village have revealed an expanded programme of special events to be held during 2016. Although few of these will be of much direct interest to tram enthusiasts, hopefully more events will ensure that the year ahead is a … Continue reading

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Balloon cars on standby for snow

Not previously reported on British Trams Online is the temporary addition of snowploughs to two members of the Blackpool heritage tram fleet – Balloon cars 701 and 723. With a lack of other suitable candidates for the role this duo … Continue reading

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Extra portions of fish, chips and trams

Following the success of the inaugural ‘Great British Night Out’ event held in 2015, Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will be teaming up with world famous fish restaurant chain Harry Ramsden’s on several occasions this year for further joint ventures. At … Continue reading

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End of the line for Grimsby & Immingham 26

As we look forward to the imminent return to service of Sheffield 264 at Beamish Museum, Grimsby & Immingham 26 has now been temporarily withdrawn from service for a much-delayed overhaul. This will see the tram restored to its more … Continue reading

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A busy winter of work for Heaton Park

Volunteers at the Heaton Park Tramway are being kept very busy this winter, with a number of trams requiring varying levels of workshop attention. Following the major work on Hull 96 which is currently the main service car, attention has been … Continue reading

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A Christmas gift for Amsterdam 474

Over a year has now passed since Amsterdam 474 last turned a wheel in passenger service at the East Anglia Transport Museum. The single-deck tram is currently stored awaiting workshop attention, most notably repairs to a motor defect. However, help … Continue reading

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Heritage hires end 2015 and begin 2016!

Winter is shaping up to be a fairly eventful time on the Blackpool tramway with a number of appearances by members of the heritage fleet. Since the last of the Santa Specials operated in December, the trams have continued to … Continue reading

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Box-ing day comes early in Blackpool!

On Thursday 17th December, Blackpool & Fleetwood Box car 40 paid a rare winter visit to Fleetwood Ferry whilst operating an extra special public tour. Following the success of an earlier joint venture with Harry Ramsden’s, Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours … Continue reading

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Another recruitment drive in Blackpool

With ambitious plans to build on a successful 2015 with even more exciting treats for 2016, the Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours team are now recruiting volunteers to help provide an even better heritage service next season. As confirmed recently, this … Continue reading

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Preserved Blackpool trams to move again?

The majority of the historic Blackpool tramcars owned by the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust, along with a number of privately owned trams purchased from the aborted Merseytravel scheme, are currently stored outside in a secure compound at Fleetwood’s docks. However, … Continue reading

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More milestones for Sheffield 264 at Beamish

After making its first tentative moves under power for several years, the near-complete Sheffield 264 has now begun an intensive programme of test running at Beamish Museum. The tram has been undergoing a major overhaul for the past few years … Continue reading

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