Category Archives: Blackpool Tramway

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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Picture in Time: Blackpool Boat 600

Back to Blackpool for this edition of Picture in Time and we feature one of the popular Open Boat Cars. These photos date from 2007 and show the prototype of the class – no. 600.

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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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Picture in Time: Blackpool Twin Car 673+683

We have three photos of set 3 for you today as Picture in Time heads back to Blackpool with the feature tram being Twin Car 673+683.

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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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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 701

Picture in Time today takes a look at another long gone all over advert, indeed the hotel being advertised no longer exists either, as we feature Blackpool Balloon 701 in 2006 whilst it was carrying this design for the Palm … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool OMO 1

The very first of the One Man Operated trams is the feature of today’s Picture in Time as we take a look at the Plum and Custard liveried no. 1 in 1973.

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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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Picture in Time: Blackpool Coronation 663

Its 1969 for the latest edition of Picture in Time and we are once again on the Lancashire coast and Blackpool as we take a look at one of the surviving Coronation Cars.

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Picture in Time: Bolton 66 and friends

Although not a Blackpool tram today’s Picture in Time star is a tram which is closely associated to Blackpool nowadays having been in the resort since 1981 – it is of course Bolton 66.

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TLC for Boat 227

Winter has always been a busy time for Blackpool’s Rigby Road workshops and, although the workforce has been reduced since the tramway upgrade, this is still true to this day. As well as routine work on the operational heritage trams, … Continue reading

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First ever fare increase for Blackpool’s heritage tours

It may seem hard to believe, but Blackpool’s Heritage Tram Tours will soon be five years old! The price of a day ticket has remained the same since the service began at Easter 2012, but is set to rise by … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Glasgow 1016 on the move

In December 2016, we reported on the exciting news that the remains of Glasgow 1016 – also known as Paisley 16 in its past life – had been moved to Blackpool, having joined the collection of the Blackpool Heritage Trust. … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Rigby Road Depot

We have a fascinating image from October 1962 for today’s Picture in Time as we take a look at Rigby Road Depot with many long gone trams visible.

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In Pictures: FTS Christmas Tour 2016

The Fylde Tramway Society usually hold an annual Christmas tour of the Blackpool tramway, and 2016 was no exception. The latest event was held on 30th December and featured B Fleet Balloon car 713 – a rare appearance for this … Continue reading

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Blackpool on ‘Great British Railway Journeys’

The upcoming episode of the popular BBC2 television series ‘Great British Railway Journeys’, hosted by Michael Portillo, to be shown on Monday 9th January at 6:30pm, will see the presenter travel between Blackpool and Manchester. This programme is expected to … Continue reading

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