Saturday 26th January was not only the first day of the first Winter Gold weekend of 2019 in Blackpool but also saw a special tour take place for the Branch Line Society utilising B fleet Balloon 713 – plus Engineering Car 754 and Tow Truck 929! Covering rarely used – and unwired track, hence the use of the other vehicles – 713 was hired for this premium priced tour for a full day’s entertainment.
Highlights of the tour saw 713 pushed by the Tow Truck to the furthest Paint Shop door – a very rare piece of track for passenger trams with passengers on! – and Engineering Car 754 (on diesel power) pushing the tram along Blundell Street beyond the wires and also across the unwired crossover at Manchester Square. Various tracks at both Rigby Road and Starr Gate depots were also covered (roads 3, 6 and 7 at Starr Gate) along with the advertised North Pier centre track, Thornton Gate centre track, Fisherman’s Walk crossover, both loops at Fleetwood Ferry and the centre track at Bispham. The tram wash at Starr Gate was also covered twice including once whilst it was operating.
* More photos from this day will be added to a Gallery in a future update of British Trams Online.