Category Archives: Blackpool Tramway

In Pictures: Failed Flexity rescued at Fleetwood

Blackpool’s Flexity2 trams are usually some of the most reliable trams in the UK with reports of complete failures pretty unusual. However, on 3rd January 2020, 013 was declared a failure at Fleetwood Ferry which not only required fitters attention … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Railcoach 678

We move into the 1990s for this week’s Blackpool archive image as we take a look a look at one of three ex-Towing cars which was never permanently coupled to its trailer.

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In Pictures: First Winter Gold of 2020

It may only be mere weeks since Christmas but the past weekend has seen the first “Gold weekend” of 2020 in Blackpool with six trams scheduled to run on each day with the new timetable seeing regular services running from … Continue reading

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In Preview: Blackpool Winter Gold, 18th & 19th January 2020

The new year may be but a few weeks old but it is already time for the first main event in Blackpool with January’s Winter Gold event taking place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January. With a newly revised … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 709

Its time to head into the archives again as we are off to Blackpool in the 1980s.

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Heaton Park Tramway win Tramway of the Year as Isle of Man also wins big in Tram of the Year

There can be no denying that 2019 was a challenging year for the volunteers at the Heaton Park Tramway with the theft of overhead wires in September bringing a temporary halt to operations but following on from industry help and … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 703

We return to the Blackpool tram photo archives tonight as we head back to the 1980s and a take a look at one of the iconic Balloon Cars.

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They ran in 2019…

Bringing 2019 to a close – its all looking forward from here on in! – we take one final look at those trams which ran on heritage tramways during the year. As far as we know this is a complete … Continue reading

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Another year starts for Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

There is no such thing as a closed season for Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours! No sooner had 2019 finished than the 2020 season was up and running on Saturday 4th January with the first day of the revised timetables in … Continue reading

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FTT and BHT tram collections to merge

It has been announced that the trams currently part of the Blackpool Heritage Trust (BHT) collection are to be merged with the Fylde Transport Trust (FTT) as a way of ensuring the collection is able to release additional funding streams … Continue reading

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Balloon 704 in the works

When completed it will be the biggest restoration job since the advent of Blackpool’s Heritage Tram Tours and work is now underway on returning Balloon 704 to the rails. Now privately owned by Iain Taylor the tram will go on … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Boating in December!

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours decided to go out in style for 2019 with Boat 227 running not once but twice over the last weekend of the heritage service – bracing weather for it but is it ever too cold for … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Triple Balloons tour for the FTS

The annual Christmas Fylde Tramway Society tour took place on Saturday 28th December 2019 with three Balloon Cars hired at times during the day: 715, 717 and 718. Sadly the hoped for 707 is still unable to run in service … Continue reading

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They Ran in 2019: Blackpool Standard 147

We finally reach the 32nd and final edition of “They Ran in 2019” and we are once again in Blackpool as we take a look at Standard 147.

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15 Years Apart: Blackpool Centenary 648

Happy New Year one and all! As we arrive in 2020 it is time to say goodbye to 2019 with the final edition of “15 Years Apart. With there having been a Blackpool bias to this series where else would … Continue reading

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15 Years Apart: Blackpool Balloon 711

In the penultimate edition of “15 Years Apart” we are once more in Blackpool as we take a look at yet another Balloon Car – this instalment shows 711.

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Brief FTT tram update

For the last time this year we bring you a brief update on the planned return to service of three trams owned by the Fylde Transport Trust: Standard 143, Railcoach 279 and Coronation 304.

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They Ran in 2019: Blackpool Brush 621

Today, as we continue our look at those trams which ran during 2019, we take a look at another member of the Blackpool heritage fleet. This one is Brush Railcoach 621.

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15 Years Apart: Blackpool Standard 147

Its Blackpool once more as we take a look at a tram “15 Years Apart” with Standard 147 the tram seen in two photos below this time.

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The Real Drive – back for 2020!

2019 saw the chance to drive a heritage tram in Blackpool for the first time in a number of years with the launch of “The Real Drive”. Now, after the popularity of the first year it will be back again … Continue reading

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