Two top deck 'snaps' taken by intrepid traveller David Gore from his journey through Poulton this week. The now lost track junction (and classic signal box) looking west on to the railway line from Poulton Station towards Blackpool. A lot of work still to do and in bitingly cold temperatures for the contractors involved on the rail electrification project into Blackpool. The view over the Breck Road railway bridge from a passing bus. Images : David Gore
Well not quite on Blackpool promenade. Actually a postwar view of one of the more unusual exports from Preston - a bogie car on the Dombrowa - Sosnowicz line in southwest Poland. This was one of a small batch of trams built in the late 1920s for a line which formed part of a mining company operation owned by Scottish investors at Dombrowa. The service connected with trams operating from Kattowitz (as it was then in Germany) - the principal town in the equivalent of the
Catch the story of the tramway to Marton when Blackpool saw busy streets and a thriving town centre. Tribute to Marton Trams 1901 - 1962 will be published in April in a new edition with additional twenty four pages of images taken by Colin MacLeod who lived by the tram route on Whitegate Drive. Additional new images will also feature in the 144 pages recalling the history of this unique Blackpool tram service. First Copies of this 2018 Edition will be available to partici
Vienna is one of the world's great tram systems with a fabulously well maintained modernising fleet that symbolises Austria's capital through its ever present red and white colours. Just as Zurich is forever associated with its light blue and white trams - so Vienna has kept faith with a conservative livery of red and off white. Below : an example of a standard trailer - a rare feature these days with immaculate paint job and the system logo next to the fleet number 1432.
Blackpool's evolving municipal (publicly owned) bus operation has seen many chapters in its history since inception of the first motor bus service in 1921 linking Thornton Railway Station with the Cleveleys Tramroad Station. An album of images that reflect the fast changing styles, vehicles and liveries over nearly a century will be published by Rigby Road Publishing later this year. The past decade has seen three very different 'brands' under successive management with ch
I visited the city of Graz quite some years back now and was very impressed with the green and cream trams which dominated the city's transport network. An extended line on reserved track ran out to a historic church (with many steps to climb) but this was balanced by the area tram museum with quite a number of preserved cars from different systems on view. Much has changed over the past years with inevitable low floor cars ousting the almost standard Duwag type articulated
Greater Manchester is a powerhouse for the north of England, by no means the only one with Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle all having exceptional strengths in their own right. Joined up urban strategies and political engagement across Parties to achieve defined goals are a hallmark of economic success and achievement. Manchester's great asset (one of many) is it the ever spreading tentacles of its Metrolink system - and the singular branding (yellow and grey) whi
A brief detour from the usual public transport theme of this blog was prompted by the dramatic vinyl design applied to a police vehicle seen this week in Cleveleys. Apparently a number of Lancashire Constabulary police cars have been given this 'makeover' which is certainly colourful and eyecatching.
Utilities work on Talbot Road is now uncovering the tram track which was formerly used for Layton bound cars from Talbot Square. Contractors are finding this earlier tram route at every point along their excavations as can be seen in these cross sections photographed today. These images are from excavations just east of the Abingdon Street road junction on Talbot Road. All existing electric, water and gas mains are being realigned with new materials (examples seen in the lo
As previously covered in previous Blogs on this site - Blackpool is now undergoing change from its frozen state of the 1990s. A fresh breeze is blowing through the Council's team opening up new development across this Unitary Authority. Starting with repairing infrastructure at the town's road bridges - now nearing completion whilst the railway takes on a new look with gantrys now standing like sentinels along the trackbed leading from Poulton to Blackpool North. The des