There may be a little bit of 2016 left, but that has not stopped the operators of Blackpool’s Heritage Tram Tours from planning ahead with a full schedule of planned operating dates for 2017 now available on their website. This includes all of the enhanced running days and events for next year, and these are detailed below.
The plan is largely the same as 2016, but the regular weekend heritage ‘blue’ service (which usually sees two trams operating between Pleasure Beach and North Pier with some extra journeys to Cabin) will start much earlier in the year – from the end of January in fact. Another change is the addition of a new event called ‘Totally Models’ in June which coincides with the now annual Starr Gate running weekend. In addition, the popular tramway anniversary event returns in September and this will no doubt be a major highlight of the year.
Here is a basic month-by-month guide to when the heritage trams will be operating in Blackpool during 2017:
January – Gold service on 28th & 29th.
February – Blue service every weekend, Gold service plus TLRS model events on 25th & 26th.
March – Blue service every weekend, Gold service on 25th & 26th.
April – Blue service daily from 1st to 14th and 18th to 23rd inclusive, Gold service on 15th, 16th & 17th (Easter weekend), 29th & 30th (May Day Bank Holiday weekend).
May – Blue service Saturdays & Sundays, and daily from 20th. Gold service on 1st, 28th, 29th & 30th.
June – Blue service on 1st & 2nd, then every weekend. Gold service with ‘Totally Models’ event and heritage trams to Starr Gate on 24th & 25th.
July – Blue service operating daily. Gold service on 15th & 16th (‘Tram Sunday’ weekend with special service to Fisherman’s Walk on Sunday 16th).
August – Blue service operating daily. Gold service on 26th, 27th & 28th (August Bank Holiday weekend).
September – Blue service on Saturdays & Sundays. Enhanced Gold service on 23rd & 24th (Anniversary Spectacular). Illuminations Tours nightly.
October – Blue service at weekends and then daily from 16th, plus Illuminations Tours nightly.
November – Blue service and Illuminations Tours daily from 1st to 5th inclusive. Gold service on 25th & 26th.
December – Red service/Santa Specials on 9th, 16th & 23rd.
Note that these dates may be subject to change.
As ever, such an extensive service is only possible thanks to the dedicated volunteers who assist with the heritage operation. Hopefully 2017 will be another great year for the heritage fleet and we look forward to enjoying the action next year!