Category Archives: Blackpool Tramway

The Transport Tour to launch next weekend in Blackpool

As part of the continuing tweaking and addition of new events on Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours 2019 will see the launch of The Transport Tour using not only a tram but also a heritage bus for a return trip to … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 631

For the next few weeks we head back to the last year of the traditional Blackpool Tramway before the full upgrade was in place. It was a year which was far from the glory days of years gone by but … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Bank Holiday B Fleet action!

Although originally intended for use on public service duties, Blackpool’s small fleet of modified Balloon cars known as the ‘B Fleet’ are a common sight on heritage duties, most of all on the special Gold running days. With two such … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Western Train out and about for latest Blackpool Gold weekend

In recent years a tram not often seen in use for public tours outside of the illumination period is the Western Train but on Saturday 4th May – as part of the latest Blackpool Gold heritage timetable – the tram … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Centenary 641

We stay in Fleetwood for this week’s Blackpool Tramway archive image but this time we head back in time a bit further to the 1980s for a view of Centenary Car 641.

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In Pictures: Worksite cleared in Talbot Square – but more snagging works to come

It’s a case of good and bad news for the Blackpool North Railway Station extension of the Blackpool Tramway. Firstly, the major worksite at Talbot Square has now been cleared of all equipment showing off the new layout here in … 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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In Preview: May Day Bank Holiday tram allocations revealed in Blackpool

It may only seem like a couple of weeks since we last had a Bank Holiday weekend – possibly because it was! – but this weekend once again sees a Gold timetable running on Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours with the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Railgrinding in Blackpool

For three weeks during late April and early May track maintenance in Blackpool is seeing a partial service suspension in the evenings north of Bispham. As part of this work a railgrinder has been hired to grind the tracks – … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 625

In this week’s Blackpool edition of Picture in Time we head back over 25 years ago to the early 1990s for a view of one of the Brush Railcoaches in Fleetwood.

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In Pictures: New adverts for Blackpool Balloon 723

Between-deck advertisements on Blackpool’s Balloon cars were once a common sight, but since the inception of Heritage Tram Tours, commercial advertising on the historic tram fleet has all but vanished. However, Balloon 723 has recently received some new banner adverts … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 707

A tram expected to return to service in Blackpool this year will be Balloon 707. In this week’s Blackpool Picture in Time feature we include that tram just after its conversion to a flat fronted format.

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More Boat running in San Francisco for 2019

Since arriving in San Francisco the two Blackpool Boat cars have proven to be very popular when they have operated and now in 2019 – incredibly some 35 years since 228 arrived in the city – it is planned that … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Easter Bunnies in Blackpool!

If you’ve ever been to Blackpool and have hung around Pleasure Beach for any length of time you will probably have seen a colony of wild rabbits running around the grassed area looking for food. As its Easter and we … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Heritage Trams in action on Blackpool Prom

If you head to Blackpool at the weekend during 2019 you will be able to see heritage trams in action with each and every week due to see at least two trams in service. One such standard operation was on … Continue reading

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Tram allocations revealed for an Easter weekend of heritage tram action in Blackpool

It’s a bank holiday weekend and that means only one thing – the Gold heritage tram timetable will be in operation in Blackpool! The six tram service will run on thee days over the weekend: Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st and … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Rigby Road Depot, Blackpool

This week we have the last of our trilogy of images taken of trams at the front of Rigby Road Depot in 1997.

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Picture in Time: Rigby Road Depot, Blackpool

Another image from the front of Rigby Road Depot today as we continue our look at archive images from the Blackpool Tramway.

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Standard 147 regains its name

It may be recalled that Blackpool Standard 147 ran for several years with the name ‘Michael Airey’. It was named after the former Body Shop manager at Blackpool Transport who managed the project to repatriate 147 from the USA and … Continue reading

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Satisfaction remains high on (some) English tramways

The latest Transport Focus Tram Passenger Survey has shown that passengers continue to be satisfied on four different English tramways – although for West Midlands Metro there has been a fall in satisfaction between 2017 and 2018. The Blackpool Tramway … Continue reading

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