There is no doubt that one of the most popular classes of trams with enthusiasts in Blackpool is the Coronation Cars and we feature a long-gone member of that class today in our regular look back into the archives.
The tram in the frame here is Coronation 662 which is just making the call at Thornton Gate with a healthy load of passengers waiting to join the tram for a trip into Blackpool; it seems unlikely many of the passengers will want a tram ride all the way to Starr Gate. The photo was taken on 16th May 1970 and those passengers waiting are showing the fashions of the day.
As for the tram, 662 was introduced into service as 326 in the October of 1953 and by the time this photo was taken it had lost its VAMBAC equipment in favour of more conventional control equipment. 662 only had a further five years in service before withdrawal and eventual disposal in 1976.