Last week we reported the exciting news that Blackpool Trailer 681 had been moved from the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust’s storage compound to undercover storage at Rigby Road, having been repatriated by the Blackpool Heritage Trust to be reunited with its long-term coupled partner, 671. We can now bring readers some more pictures showing 681 leaving Fleetwood.
681 had spent some months stored at Fleetwood docks along with numerous other preserved Blackpool trams, after being offered for sale by its previous owners, Merseytravel. However the tram is now set for a much brighter future back in Blackpool and returned home on Friday 26th February, with Calkeld’s Heavy Haulage in charge of the operation. Unusually 681 travelled along the promenade road for much of its journey home, revisiting some familiar landmarks which it will no doubt see again at some point in the future when it is returned to an operational condition.
We are grateful to the webmaster of the ‘Blackpool Balloon Tram 726 / 263 Restoration’ page on Facebook who has provided these images of 681‘s departure. This page is a good source of information and pictures on the trams still stored at Fleetwood and is well worth a look.