15 Years Apart: Blackpool Toastrack 166

We’re back with another instalment of “15 Years Apart” today as we take another look at a tram in the national collection at the Crich Tramway Village.

The feature of this article is Blackpool Toastrack 166 which is first seen on 11th June 2006 when in service at that year’s Tramathon event. It look a rare sunny and warm day as passengers disembark from the tram outside The Red Lion having completed their journey on the line.

Whilst 166 didn’t run in passenger service during 2021 – and hasn’t done so since 2019 – the tram was being prepared for action towards the end of the season after workshop attention and was out on test during Tram Day on 18th September 2021 when captured in this image at the Entrance. The most noticeable change over the past 15 years is the change of column for the large destination boards – from black to red writing.

Both Photographs by Gareth Prior

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