Category Archives: Blackpool Tramway

In Pictures: Its bye-bye to Blackpool for 623

Blackpool Brush Railcoach 623‘s period of operation back on its original home tramway has now come to an end, and after a year-long loan, the tram was transported back to Manchester on Monday 16th July. However, before it left it … Continue reading

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In Pictures: First track laid on Blackpool North Station extension

A major milestone has been reached in the project to extend the Blackpool Tramway up Talbot Road to Blackpool North Railway Station – the first new rails have been laid as the project continue to make progress with Blackpool Council … Continue reading

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Balloon cars to dominate Fleetwood Tram Sunday

The annual Fleetwood Festival of Transport – more commonly known as Tram Sunday – takes place this year on Sunday 15th July, and as usual Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will be providing a bumper service between Pleasure Beach and Fisherman’s … Continue reading

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‘Princess Alice’ appeal goes online!

Following a number of requests, the Fylde Tramway Society have today launched an online platform to raise money for its recently announced ‘Princess Alice’ 706 Restoration Appeal. Fans of this iconic Blackpool tram can now donate towards the appeal at https://www.gofundme.com/039princess-alice039-706-appeal

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Frequent heritage trams to Fleetwood on 14th July

The day before the annual Fleetwood Tram Sunday event was a big highlight of 2017 for fans of Blackpool’s heritage tram service, with an intensive heritage service to Fleetwood in operation – and this is set to be repeated, even … Continue reading

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Help bid farewell to Blackpool 623

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have confirmed that Blackpool Brush Railcoach 623 will shortly be leaving the seaside again, and heading back to its active retirement home at Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway. However, before it departs, a special farewell running day has … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Concrete base laid for North Station extension

The project may be delayed and it is likely to be quite some time before we can all enjoy a ride along Talbot Road to Blackpool North railway station but visible progress is now being made on preparing the surface … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We have photos from last weekend’s Totally Models event in Blackpool as part of this week’s update:

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Picture in Time: Blackpool OMO 5

Today we feature one of the very first photos I ever took of a tram back in 1992 – little did I know at the time that this would be the only photo I ever took of an OMO in … Continue reading

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English Light Rail journeys suffer small fall for first time in eight years

Over the past few years the number of passengers has been on the increase almost across the board but this overall increase has come to a halt in the latest figures released which have shown 416,000 fewer journeys were made … Continue reading

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‘Princess Alice’ 706 restoration appeal launched

One of Blackpool’s best loved trams is undoubtedly the unique open-top Balloon car, ‘Princess Alice’ 706. The tram was always hugely popular whenever it appeared in service since its conversion to open-top condition in 1985, until the end of the … Continue reading

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Balloons everywhere at Totally Models

The second annual Totally Models event took place in Blackpool over the weekend of 23rd and 24th June and the Balloon Car was the star of the show – especially on the Sunday of the event – and not only … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Centenary 645

Blackpool is again the location for our next instalment of Picture in Time as we go back to the year 2000 for a view of one of the many all over adverts carried on a Centenary Car.

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In Preview: Totally Models – Blackpool

The latest special event – Totally Models – takes place in Blackpool on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June with the usual gold heritage tram timetable augmented by stalls and layouts at Rigby Road Depot along with the chance to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Spring Bank Holiday in Blackpool

The latest running of the intensive Gold heritage tram timetable in Blackpool took place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. As we reported previously the weekend was greeted with more good weather and included the first running of Boat 600 … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Engineering Car 754 towing Balloon 718

A few weeks ago we featured a tram breakdown in Blackpool and that is the theme of today’s Picture in Time today as well. This time we move forward to 2003 and a view of Balloon 718 being returned to … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 710

We feature another tram which is now part of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust collection in this edition of Picture in Time – Balloon 710.

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Twin Car on the way back

Since the fire suffered by Twin Car 272+T2 in Blackpool back in September 2016 this popular class of tram has been missing from the Blackpool Tramway but all that is about to change with set 5 now in the works … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Twin Car 673+683

Picture in Time returns to the Lancashire coast for another photo taken on the Blackpool Tramway back in 2002.

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In Pictures: Old tram track found in Blackpool

As work continues on preparation for the construction of the short extension of the Blackpool Tramway up Talbot Road to North Station some long buried tram track has recently been discovered as these photos from Glyn Hill show.

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