Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 701

This week we feature another Balloon Car as we dip into the Blackpool archives once more with the time machine ending up some 20 years ago in the year 2000.

Balloon 701 is seen here travelling along Lord Street in Fleetwood as it nears the end of the line. It looks as if it’s a busy day judging by the passengers sat on the end bench seats and the likelihood is that it is a Market Day, hence why the crowds are keen to get to Fleetwood. A lone lady on a bike is about to be passed by the tram as they both head north along the road.

In this photo we can see that 701 is in the original green and cream livery style, a livery that it had received back in the winter of 1998/9. Completely devoid of external advertising the tram also has the familiar late 1990s style of block capital and florescent yellow destination blinds.

Photograph by Jonathan Jarvis

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