Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November saw the last Gold weekend of heritage operation in Blackpool with both days seeing a six tram service running all the way between Starr Gate and Fleetwood. The Winter Gold weekends see the most intensive service to Starr Gate (the Flexity service is running at a lower frequency giving more opportunity to fit in the heritage trams down New South Promenade) with all six trams running at least one journey “all the way” north to Fleetwood.
This article concentrates on day one of the weekend when the six trams initially in service were Standard 147, Brush 631, Centenary 648, Balloons 713, 715 and 717. In addition Balloon 700 was at North Pier/Tower as the Shop Tram with it also running a public service at the end of the day whilst 711 replaced 713 during the afternoon.
The Sunday of the weekend saw the same timetable run again with the final heritage Fleetwood service of the year seeing the Illuminated Trawler operate north.
Whilst that is the end of Gold weekends in Blackpool this year it won’t be the end of heritage operation as Santa Claus himself will be visiting on the weekends of 7th/8th, 14th/15th and 21st/22nd December which will include a four tram heritage service as well as the Western Train at North Pier/Tower.