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February 11, 2020

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February 11, 2020

Wright Bus of Northern Ireland tempted Blackpool Transport with their latest model a few years ago - it was seen as a demonstrator on the Promenade 1 service in 2016.

 Impressive in its own way but lacking the classy look of ADL's products and the Pal...

February 10, 2020

The National Railway Museum is full of amazing material and rolling stock highlights of former times on Britain's railways.  Fleetwood's past manages to have several items on display if you carefully search for them.

 An early product of the L&Y...

February 6, 2020

Government announcement this week of a £50M grant fund towards the UK's first all-electric bus fleet is a sure sign that Blackpool Transport's strategic plans to replace its existing buses with all-electric vehicles on a phased basis - is already ahe...

January 31, 2020

Just a few more hours to the cutting of formalised engagement of the UK with the European Union.  It has been an arduous and fraught three years since the British public cast their votes on whether this country should remain a Member State within the...

January 29, 2020

The announcement today by Grant Shapps that the franchise of Britain's largest commuter railway operation - covering the north and northwest is to be nationalised has to bring joy to households and travellers across Britain.   Whilst pocketing divide...

January 28, 2020

The Government announcement today of funding immediate studies on the restoration of rail service to towns and communities abitrarily cut off from the national railway network during the 1960s has singled out Fleetwood to Poulton and Ashington - Blyt...

January 27, 2020

The town of Fleetwood at the most northerly point on the Fylde's coastline facing on to the Irish Sea and Morecambe Bay is one of many English coastal communities struggling to recover from economic decline over several decades.   It is far from alon...

January 26, 2020

A long time ago in a far off time - the burntout shell of Works Car 753 - formerly Standard Car 143 was saved from dismantling by the efforts of a handful of dedicated Blackpool enthusiasts and their supporters under the aegis of the Lancastrian Tran...

January 23, 2020

Blackpool is the setting for a long overdue conference on light rail and its implications for the Fylde coast to be held on the 18th February at the Imperial Hotel venue from 0900.  Organised and hosted by the LRTA - the Conference coordinator is Sam...

January 23, 2020

Whilst Blackpool's almost unique policy of building up a bus and tram fleet entirely with centre entrance bodywork from 1933 onwards may have seemed strange to British eyes, it was very much in evidence in several European capitals.   Berlin, Paris a...

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Working to conserve for display, trams and artefacts of the longstanding coastal tramway serving Blackpool, Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood.


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