Monthly Archives: September 2012

Blackpool Tramway Illuminations Tours 2012

For the first time in many years, the Blackpool illumination tours by tram, operated by Blackpool Transport Services Ltd. have undergone some fairly significant changes this year. Having paid a short visit to the resort during September 2012 and sampled … Continue reading

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Blackpool’s oldest tram line under threat?

Blackpool Council have recently revealed ambitious plans for a major redevelopment of the area around Foxhall Square, close to the old tram depot at Rigby Road. The scheme, known as the ‘Foxhall Village’ project, would ultimately provide housing for hundreds … Continue reading

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Update on Centenary car 643

Several weeks ago, we featured Blackpool Centenary car 643 in its new home at Broadwater Caravan Park in our occasional ‘Lost Trams’ feature. Although at a glance the car remains unchanged, internally some alterations have been made since then and … Continue reading

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New drivers for old trams in Blackpool

A pleasing development on the Blackpool tramway has seen the sole remaining Brush Railcoach 631 out and about on the system for driver training purposes. Although crew training on the new Flexity2 class has taken place throughout the season, training … Continue reading

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British Trams Online advertise on Blackpool ‘Boat’ 233

Regular readers of British Trams Online should be aware that, earlier this year, we sponsored the repainting of Blackpool ‘Boat’ car 233. The tram, owned by the Lancastrian Transport Trust, moved to Beamish Museum earlier this year on loan for … Continue reading

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Heaton Park set to celebrate Halloween

For the first time ever, the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester is set to hold a special Halloween event on Sunday 28th October. This should make a welcome change from the normal enthusiast-based events held by this particular heritage line, … Continue reading

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Widened Balloons for half-term comeback?

Trevor Roberts, the Managing Director of Blackpool Transport Services, has announced that it is planned to use the available modified Balloon cars, often referred to as the ‘B Fleet’, over the busy autumn half-term school holiday period towards the end … Continue reading

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Lost Trams 5: Blackpool Centenary car 644

644 is one of the eight Centenary class cars built by East Lancashire Coachbuilders during the 1980s for year-round operation in Blackpool. After providing sterling service for more than twenty years, the class were retired from front-line service after use … Continue reading

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Balloon 719 moves to Starr Gate

In a surprise move, Blackpool Balloon car 719 has been moved from Rigby Road to Starr Gate depot following work to bring the tram in line with the other modified Balloons, for continued operation on the upgraded tramway. The tram … Continue reading

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Blackpool 002 reappears – in Berlin!

Due to this website being titled British Trams Online, we very rarely feature trams outside the British Isles – but today we are making an exception due to the appearance of a tram which is destined for a long operating career … Continue reading

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Early details of 2013 Crich events revealed

Fresh from the overwhelming success of the recent Glasgow 50/Enthusiast’s weekend at Crich Tramway Village, as extensively covered by British Trams Online, some early details have been released regarding planned events at Crich for next year. Most of 2013′s special … Continue reading

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Glasgow 50 & Enthusiast’s Tram Weekend at Crich 2012

Over the weekend of 15th and 16th September 2012 the Crich Tramway Village held their main tram enthusiast’s event of the year which this year was commemorating the 50th anniversary of the last tram in Glasgow. Before the event much … Continue reading

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Blackpool Twin set 272+T2 unveiled

After a huge amount of anticipation from the enthusiast community, the long-awaited return to use of Twin set 672+682 in Blackpool finally occured during the evening of Friday 14th September. This reflected the first use of the duo since the … Continue reading

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New York 674 brings Crich event to a close

The second day of the spectacular Glasgow-themed enthusiast’s weekend at Crich Tramway Village was another resounding success for the Tramway Museum Society. For the second day running, a very credible four Glasgow trams ran in passenger service along with numerous … Continue reading

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Glasgow trams galore at Crich

The two-day 2012 enthusiast’s tram event at Crich Tramway Village kicked off on Saturday 15th September with glorious sunny weather, a fantastic selection of trams in service and plenty of surprises. Of course, as has been extensively reported on this website, … Continue reading

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Blackpool Coronation 304 set to visit Beamish!

The Lancastrian Transport Trust’s superbly restored Blackpool VAMBAC Coronation car 304 is set to make a surprise visit to Beamish, the Living Museum of the North East, for a short operating loan period. The tram will see a major upturn … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Works: 22nd & 23rd September 2012

There will be further service suspensions on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September on Manchester Metrolink because of engineering works affecting both the South Manchester line and the City Centre.

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Can you help? The Aberdeen Tramway Rosette Appreciation Society seek information

We have been contacted by the Aberdeen Tramway Rosette Appreciation Society who are eager to find out which tram systems throughout Britain had tram rosettes instead of poles to hold up the overhead, particularly in the centre of towns and … Continue reading

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Event Preview: Glasgow 50 & Enthusiasts’ Tram Event at Crich Tramway Village

Event: Glasgow 50 & Enthusiasts Tram Event Where: Crich Tramway Village When: Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September 2012

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Twin Set 672+682 launch confirmed

The return to passenger service of Blackpool Twin Set 672+682 has been a highly anticipated event amongst tram enthusiasts ever since news broke that this set would be reactivated as part of Blackpool Transport’s heritage tram fleet earlier in the … Continue reading

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