September Review – Blackpool: No. 6 – Balloon 701
The oldest of the Balloon Cars to be an official member of the heritage tram fleet (700 doesn’t count as it is a B fleet Balloon which just happens to be more or less solely used as a heritage tram!) is 701. Carrying an attractive Red and White livery – as originally applied in the 1990s – it is certainly a tram which stands out from the crowd whenever it used.
The date is 22nd September and this photo shows 701 at North Pier/Tower about to return to depot. With a temporary stop provided at Manchester Square for the Spectacular passengers remain on board for a short journey yet.
The following day – 23rd September – and 701 was in use again, this time utilised on the Starr Gate to Fleetwood circuit. This is the tram standing at Bispham heading north. (Both Photographs by Gareth Prior)