The latest initiative by Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours has been the introduction of special new souvenir tickets for the heritage tours. These were appropriately issued for the first time on January 30th, this being the first operating day for the heritage service in 2016.
Last year volunteer tram crews had to get to grips with Blackpool Transport’s ticket machines, but their use has now been discontinued on the heritage fleet and more attractive and durable tickets have taken their place. These also provide useful information to customers about the operation on the back, whilst the front design enables guards to mark the date of issue, similar to the tickets used at Crich Tramway Village. These new tickets also have a more traditional look which better compliments the heritage trams and adds to the growing ‘experience’ angle of the whole service.
As well as new tickets, a new souvenir mug has also been produced bearing the familiar heritage tour logo as used on the polo-style tram stop signs. Again, these were available for purchase on the recent January gold running weekend, being sold on Centenary cars 642 and 648. Also available was a selection of left-over stock of commemorative merchandise from the tramway’s 130th anniversary. Hopefully more merchandise will follow in due course to help boost the coffers of the Blackpool Heritage Trust and enable supporters to help finance future work on the fleet whilst also taking home a nice memento of a vintage tram ride.