Category Archives: Fylde Transport Trust

Blackpool trams under attention across the country

Both the Fylde Transport Trust (FTT) and North East Electrical Transport Trust (NEETT) as well as being handily easy to give easier to type acronyms to(!) are also both currently working on Blackpool trams in their collections with the FTT’s … Continue reading

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Motor problem sidelines Standard 143

It was going to be the star of the September Spectacular weekend in Blackpool having been launched at the start of the week but in the end the Fylde Transport Trust’s Standard 143 ended up being a static exhibit after … Continue reading

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FTT approach their target to fund overhaul of Coronation 304’s compressor

The Fylde Transport Trust are an organisation who don’t seem to want the grass to grow under their feet as no sooner have they seen the launch of one of their trams into service (Standard 143 if you missed the … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Standard 143

In the second of our special Picture in Time article we again take a look today at Blackpool Standard 143 in the early days of its extensive restoration.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Standard 143

With Blackpool Standard 143’s restoration now over and the tram officially launched back into service we take a look at the early days of the tram being in the ownership of the Lancastrian Transport Trust, now the Fylde Transport Trust … Continue reading

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Blackpool Standard 143 launched back into service

After very nearly 62 years, Blackpool Standard 143 has carried passengers once more following its official launch back into service with a special trip and buffet during the evening of Monday 23rd September 2019. The restoration – started by the … Continue reading

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Standard 143’s restoration in the final stages

On Monday 23rd September a tram is set to be returned to service in Blackpool, some 62 years since it last carried passengers. That tram is Standard 143 which is coming to the end of its extensive restoration with the … Continue reading

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Standard 143 work continues

The launch of Blackpool Standard 143 is now a little over a week away and with this in mind the past week has seen some good progress made on the tram’s restoration with it now to be found in the … Continue reading

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FTT launch appeal for Coronation 304 compressor overhaul

The Fylde Transport Trust need £3,160 to overhaul the compressor of Coronation 304 and to help raise this money they have launched another appeal. This will be a full overhaul of the compressor undertaken by CMP Engineering in Trafford Park … Continue reading

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Another update on Blackpool tram restorations

Whilst all eyes are on the continuing work to bring Standard 143 back to operational condition ahead of its official launch into service on Monday 23rd September there are also other projects continuing in the background as preparations are made … Continue reading

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Standard 143 launch date delayed

It has been confirmed that the planned launch of Blackpool Standard 143 will be delayed until Monday 23rd September to allow extra time for the completion of the major restoration of the tram. As well as a number of snags … Continue reading

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Standard 143 runs under own power for first time!

As we continue to move towards the official launch of Blackpool Standard 143 a major milestone has been reached in its restoration – the tram has moved under its own power for the first time! The heritage workshops have continued … Continue reading

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Standard 143 continues to progress – 6 weeks to launch!

Anyone who saw the recent photos of Standard 143 in the Electrical Compound during June’s Totally Models event will have seen the current state of the tram which is due to be relaunched into service in just six weeks time … Continue reading

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Appeal launched for Railcoach 279’s restoration

Over the past few months the restoration of the Fylde Transport Trust’s Railcoach 279 has been making excellent progress with recent concentration being on the full rewire of the tram to ensure it meets modern safety standards and can join … Continue reading

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Rewiring continues on Railcoach 279

Work on the restoration at Brinwell Road of the Fylde Transport Trust’s Blackpool Railcoach 279 is continuing with contractors JRW having returned to the tram after a short break because of other commitments. This crucial phase of the restoration is … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Balloon 715 returns to the 1970s

The Fylde Transport Trust’s Blackpool Balloon 715 returned to service on Friday 24th May sporting a new look following a partial repaint – including period between deck adverts. The tram is now in a coat of 1970s Green and Cream … Continue reading

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Rewire starts on Railcoach 279

The excellent progress being made on returning a traditionally shaped Blackpool English Electric Railcoach to the rails in 2019 is showing no signs of slowing down with work now underway on a complete rewire of 279. The tram, owned by … Continue reading

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Balloon 715’s new livery to debut on Ghost Tour

Over the past few weeks the Fylde Transport Trust’s Blackpool Balloon 715 has been undergoing some paintwork attention to amend its 1990s livery to the 1970s version and it will debut with its new look on Friday 24th May when … Continue reading

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FTT give an update on their trams

With four trams undergoing active projects the Fylde Transport Trust are certainly busy at the moment and updates have recently been given by the group on all four of these trams. The trams are, of course, Standard 143, Railcoach 279, … Continue reading

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Standard 143 launch date announced

The Fylde Transport Trust have announced today that the launch of restored Blackpool Standard 143 is due to take place on the evening of Wednesday 28th August this year. No detailed information has been provided as to what form the … Continue reading

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