Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Pioneer Brush Railcoach set to run again!

2017 sees the 80th anniversary of Blackpool’s Brush Railcoach class, and to help mark this milestone anniversary it has been announced that pioneer car 621 is to be restored to service this year! The tram is currently stored in Rigby … Continue reading

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Blackpool Standard 147 returns home

The year-long exchange of Blackpool trams Marton Box 31 and Standard 147 is now over, with the two trams now safely back at their usual respective homes of Beamish Museum and Blackpool respectively. After 31 had made the journey by … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Marton Thirty-Gone!

The loan of Marton Box 31 back to Blackpool officially came to an end on Monday 13th March, when the tram left the seaside town on the back of a Calkeld’s low loader for its long road journey back to … Continue reading

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Graz 210 moves in at NELSAM

One piece of news from the winter period which has gone unreported on British Trams Online - at least until now – was the arrival of Graz 210 at the North East Land, Sea & Air Museum late last year. Having … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Beamish prepare to bid farewell to 147

On Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March, Blackpool Standard car 147 operated in passenger service at Beamish Museum for what was expected to be the final time, prior to its preparation for return to Blackpool later this month. The tram … Continue reading

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Blackpool Heritage Trust launch two new appeals

The Blackpool Heritage Trust are developing exciting plans to add to the diversity of the operational heritage tramcar fleet, but we can’t do this without your help! Avid followers of our progress will know that we have recently acquired two … Continue reading

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Heaton Park to pay tribute to Bob Hill

On Sunday 5th March, the Heaton Park Tramway will be holding a special running day in tribute to Bob Hill, who sadly passed away recently. Bob was one of the key people involved in the tramway’s survival and development through … Continue reading

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Trams of all shapes and sizes for Blackpool ‘Winter Gold’ event

The second ‘gold’ operating weekend for Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours took place on 25th & 26th February, with the now well established formula of six trams running to a timetable including one trip each to Fleetwood once again being used. … Continue reading

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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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