Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Going, going, gone! Six horse trams sold – but what now?

The much-discussed auction on Saturday 27th August on the Isle of Man, resulted in the sale of six long-withdrawn Douglas horse tramcars. The six raised a combined total of £9,200 – some would say a rather measly sum considering the … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Bispham to Fleetwood – the Blackpool Tramway since 1960′

The third and final installment of acclaimed tramway historian Brian Turner’s detailed review of the Blackpool system is finally here, covering the stretch north of Bispham right up to the northern terminus at Fleetwood Ferry. This section of tramway is … Continue reading

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Chesterfield 7 rides again

Following some remedial attention to its paintwork, Chesterfield 7 made a belated year debut in passenger service at Crich Tramway Village on 17th August. This was the tram’s first outing since having its First World War recruitment posters and decorations … Continue reading

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Douglas horse tram set for Wales?

With the auction of six surplus tramcars from the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway imminent, this development continues to dominate the news as a number of interested parties come forward to inspect the trams and consider potential options for their future. … Continue reading

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An illuminating Bank Holiday ahead

The August Bank Holiday weekend is now looking even more colourful than it did for the Blackpool tramway, with the announcement that the weekend’s heritage tram action will be book-ended by appearances from the illuminated feature cars. On Friday 26th … Continue reading

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Horse trams for sale!

Despite recent positive developments regarding the future of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway – which is currently looking more secure than it has done all year – there remains an unavoidable fact that the current tram fleet is far larger … Continue reading

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A new voice for Blackpool’s trams

Since their introduction into service in 2012, Blackpool’s Flexity2 tram fleet have “spoken” with the voice of Blackpool Transport’s Bryan Lindop. However, in recent weeks the recorded announcements on the trams have been updated with new voiceovers recorded by a … Continue reading

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An eventful August Sunday?

Two tram preservation groups hosted special events on Sunday 7th August. The North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust (NEETT) played host to their annual ‘Tram & Transport Sunday’ at their headquarters at the North East Land, Sea & Air Museum near … Continue reading

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B Fleet Balloon car runs in service

The small fleet of modified ‘B Fleet’ Balloon cars in Blackpool which were intended to be used on stage carriage work to supplement the core LRT service post-2012, have found themselves with an increasingly confused role of late. Latterly used … Continue reading

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Glasgow 812 goes to war

Preparations for the next 1940s-themed event at Crich Tramway Village, taking place from 8th to 14th August inclusive, are well underway and this has included preparing a tram in wartime guise for the occasion. Glasgow 812 has been selected, being … Continue reading

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Farewell to the Fylde for Centenary 643

As expected, Blackpool Centenary car 643 has now departed the storage yard in Fleetwood where it has resided for the last few years, having been sold to a learning disability school in the Midlands for further use. The tram left … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Regional Tramways – Yorkshire and North East of England’ by Peter Waller

The above title (which is admittedly a bit of a mouthful!) is the second in a new series of volumes describing tramways in Great Britain, primarily those which existed between the years of 1945 and 1962. The style of presentation … Continue reading

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In Pictures: ‘B Fleet’ Balloons take over Tram Sunday!

The Fleetwood Festival of Transport, more popularly known by many people as ‘Tram Sunday’, was held on Sunday 17th July and, as per last year, proved to be an excellent day for the heritage tram fleet. In fact, this was … Continue reading

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Centenary car 643 goes to school!

The Blackpool tramway upgrade has resulted in several of the tramway’s old fleet ending up in some rather odd places – and Centenary car 643 looks set to join their ranks. Having already changed owners more time than many considerably … Continue reading

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718 to return to service

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and that saying is certainly true of some of the more heavily modernised members of Blackpool’s Balloon fleet. When four of these classic trams were rebuilt with flat ends, they were … Continue reading

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LCC 106 arrives at Carlton Colville

On Sunday 3rd July, London County Council 106 left its regular home at Crich Tramway Village to begin its long journey to the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft, where it arrived later the same day. The … Continue reading

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North Station extension clears another hurdle

The plan to build an extension of the Blackpool tramway running up Talbot Road to North Station has been approved at a full council meeting held on the evening of Wednesday 29th June. 26 councillors voted in favour of the … Continue reading

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LCC 1 returns to Crich

On the morning of Wednesday 29th June, the body frame of London County Council 1 was returned to Crich Tramway Village. This follows a six week period undergoing expert attention by Garmendale Engineering’s workshop premises at Ilkeston, and represents a … Continue reading

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The Wi-Fi Flexity

Flexity 008 has become the first ever Blackpool tram to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access to passengers earlier this month. Free Wi-Fi on Blackpool Transport’s buses as part of the new Palladium brand has been a great success, so much … Continue reading

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East Anglia Transport Museum grows!

The East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, has been successful in its goal of obtaining additional land adjacent to the museum site. This has virtually doubled the amount of land available to the museum and is therefore … Continue reading

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