Around this time last year the UK was being affected by the so-called “Beast from the East” with many areas being subjected to very low temperatures, snow and ice. Fast forward 12 months and we have been enjoying very unseasonable weather with record-breaking temperatures experienced. This spell of good weather managed to coincide with the second Winter Gold event of 2019 on the Blackpool Tramway which led to two Boat Cars being used whilst it was also the last time that Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 was due to be used on Heritage Tram Tours (ahead of its special farewell tour on Saturday 2nd March).
The standard Winter Gold pattern of six trams running between Starr Gate and Fleetwood was in operation on both days with the chosen six on Saturday 23rd February being Box 40, Standard 147, Boat 227, Centenary 648, Balloons 701 and 723. Then on Sunday 24th February the trams in service were Box 40, Boat 600, Brush 621, Railcoach 680, Balloons 700 and 715 with Balloon 717 covering for 600 on the first trips of the day after an issue at depot which saw services delayed slightly. On both days a seventh heritage car was out on the Prom in the form of Balloon 711 which was at North Pier/Tower as the Shop Tram
Let’s just hope with the unseasonal weather in February it doesn’t mean we are due snow in August!