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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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Balloon 715 to visit workshops as progress made on Railcoach 279

It has been confirmed that Blackpool Balloon 715 is to visit the workshops at Rigby Road to refresh its appearance for 2019 whilst a fellow Fylde Transport Trust – Railcoach 279 – continues to progress at Brinwell Road ahead of … Continue reading

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Progress made on Railcoach 279’s restoration

It has been a busy few days in Blackpool what with Coronation 304 out on test plus updates on some other projects in the Rigby Road workshops but that isn’t where it stops as the Fylde Transport Trust have also … Continue reading

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A Coronation on the Prom

Anyone in Blackpool on Tuesday 11th December may be forgiven for thinking they were seeing things as for the first time in over two years a Coronation Car was seen on the Prom with 304 the lucky tram as its … Continue reading

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A Railcoach on the road!

The project to recreate an English Electric Railcoach for operation in Blackpool has been officially re-started, with tramcar 279 on the move again. The tram, which has been stored at Rigby Road for several years in a partially restored condition, … Continue reading

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Future plans for Balloon 715 announced

Blackpool Balloon 715 is a well-used and popular member of Blackpool’s operational heritage tram fleet, but the car is actually owned by the Fylde Transport Trust. A new deal has been announced confirming that 715 will remain on loan to … Continue reading

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Positive news for the VAMBAC Coronation

One of the biggest bugbears for many fans of Blackpool’s heritage trams, has been the lack of an operational Coronation car in the fleet. All three survivors are currently stored at Rigby Road, in need of varying levels of work … Continue reading

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A brighter future for Standard 143

After a wait of many years, positive steps are finally being taken towards getting the long-term restoration of Blackpool Standard 143 completed. The tram remains in the ownership of the Fylde Transport Trust (formerly the Lancastrian Transport Trust) – however, … Continue reading

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