One week ahead of the first public running day for Blackpool’s heritage trams in 2018, a particularly interesting private hire took place for an enthusiast’s birthday, utilising three different trams across the day. Most noteworthy of all was the inclusion of what was almost certainly the first ever January working by a Boat car!
The hire took place on Saturday 20th January, and had originally planned to use Boat 600 switching on to Millennium car 718 for the final leg as afternoon turned to evening. However, this plan was initially scuppered by heavy rain, and so visiting Brush car 630 was used instead for the first trip to Fleetwood from Rigby Road depot. On its return south, the weather had improved to the extent that passengers were ‘de-trammed’ at North Pier, with the brave (mad?) crew returning to Rigby Road to collect Boat 600. Due to time restrictions, this tram was only able to run from North Pier to Little Bispham and back to the depot, but by doing so history was made! It was then left to 718 to bring the day to a close with a final trip to Fleetwood under the cover of darkness.
Due to the unplanned use of three different trams rather than the intended two, the tour participants never made it south of Manchester Square but with such a varied selection of trams to ride on and a historic ‘first’ achieved, its unlikely that anyone minded much. With such excitement offered by the heritage service itself, it has become increasingly difficult to offer anything really special with private hires but this particular jaunt proved that it can still be done!