At first glance this week you would think we had made a mistake in featuring Edinburgh 35 as our Blackpool archive image but of course this tram spent a period on the Fylde Coast in the mid-1980s and as such qualifies for this series.
Today and you associate Edinburgh 35 with Crich but at the time it arrived in Blackpool the tram hadn’t been anywhere near Derbyshire having been preserved by Edinburgh Corporation following the closure of the tram system in 1956 and staying in the city until the end of 1983 when it was moved to Blackpool. Arriving on the Fylde Coast on 19th November 1983 35 entered service at Easter 1984 and was to remain in Blackpool until 1988 when it moved back to Scotland and a spell of operation at the Glasgow Garden Festival. From there it moved to Crich where it has remained to this day but only operated briefly in 1989 with the Tramway Museum Story stating that it has run a grand total of 8 miles in Derbyshire!
This first image of 35 shows the tram heading south past the Imperial Hotel on 15th March 1984. When in Blackpool 35 was famous for its National Savings adverts but this picture is before that sponsorship deal had commenced with this side featuring an advert for Milk.