Category Archives: Blackpool Tramway

In Pictures: Balloon 711 on Pleasure Beach loop – what was the occasion?

A bit of a quiz question for you today. In the below image we feature Blackpool Balloon 711 on Pleasure Beach loop – carrying an all over advert for Blackpool Zoo – on 1st July 2007 but what was the … Continue reading

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Delays to Prom reopening after delay in tram works

Originally due to open on Monday 21st January it has been announced that the main Promenade road past Talbot Road in Blackpool will now not open until the end of February with an apparent delay in the tram trackworks 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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Picture in Time: Fleetwood Ferry

The number of photos taken on Fleetwood Esplanade of trams either at the old Fleetwood Ferry loading stops or just passing by on their way back to Blackpool is probably in the millions by now and today that is the … Continue reading

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Depot Open Day to return to Blackpool as more special events revealed

For the first time since 2010 a full depot open day – as opposed to depot tours – will be taking place at Blackpool’s Rigby Road Depot with a heritage tram shuttle from North Pier and the chance to see … Continue reading

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Branch Line Society to tour the Blackpool Tramway

The Branch Line Society are well known for their unique tours mainly on the national rail network but they do also sometimes dip into trams including a couple of tours recently at Crich which have covered practically every inch of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Tracklaying continues in Blackpool

Although the bulk of trackwork on the junction between the Promenade tramway and the new line up Talbot Road to Blackpool North Railway Station was completed in December during a partial closure of the tramway there remains some work to … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Tramway from the Tower bridge

The only bridge to have gone over the Promenade tramway in Blackpool was that close to the Tower which, although considered an eyesore for many, gave some different photographic opportunities of the tram. As we return to our archive photo … Continue reading

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Christmas Boating at Blackpool – The Sequel!

The last opportunity to take a ride on a heritage tram in Blackpool during 2018 was provided by the Fylde Tramway Society’s annual Christmas tour, which took place on Saturday 29th December. This was advertised as featuring recently repainted Centenary … Continue reading

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Calls again to extend Blackpool Tramway to Lytham

A call to undertake more development work on a plan to extend the Blackpool Tramway to Lytham has been made by the Trams to Lytham group with backing given to the project from Blackpool Transport. A new report has just … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 16 – Railcoach 680

Happy New Year one and all! We finally reach the end of our September retrospectives of those three big tram events in 2018 with one final feature from Blackpool’s September Spectacular which took place over the weekend of 22nd/23rd September. … Continue reading

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Balloon 711 on standby for snow

For many years it has been the norm for at least one of Blackpool’s Balloon cars to be fitted with snowplough equipment for the winter. In the last few years, members of the ‘B Fleet’ have been used in this … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 15 – North Pier

With the shop tram – Balloon 711 – constantly stabled on the loop line at North Pier this was another location during the September Spectacular that provided differing photographic opportunities as we see in today’s retrospective.

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 14 – Balloon 717

It is a tram that usually goes about its business with the minimum of fuss regularly operating on heritage tours, illumination tours and private hires. Probably harshly Balloon 717 is a tram which doesn’t have that “wow” factor with many … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 13 – Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40

Although still part of the national collection, Box 40 is a tram which has been a more or less permanent member of the tram fleet in Blackpool for many years (save for a short return “visit” to Crich) and also … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 12 – Pleasure Beach loop

One of the major features of the September Spectacular in Blackpool is the number of trams which can be found on Pleasure Beach loop waiting for their turn to run in service again, providing plenty of extra photographic opportunities. And … Continue reading

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Christmas and New Year services 2018/19

The Turkey gets boring, you’re fed up with yet more repeats on the television and being confined to barracks with the family is starting to get a bit irritating – but what are you going to do? How about going … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 11 – Balloon 719

Another B fleet Balloon for you today as we return to Blackpool’s September Spectacular for our latest photos from September’s tram events. The tram in question is 719.

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 10 – Rigby Road Depot line-ups

As well as the chance to display trams on Blundell Street the opportunity was also taken for some line-ups of trams on the depot fan within the confines of Rigby Road Depot. Visible from outside the depot gates – with … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 9 – Boat 600

For most of 2018 there was only one open tram available in Blackpool and with a very warm and sunny summer it was regularly used when available for service. The tram in question was Boat 600 and it was that … Continue reading

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