JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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Electric Buses - Part One

September 22, 2020

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September 22, 2020

Well before Blackpool Transport's present management bought into the importance of replacing diesel with electric power (on the buses) - many British towns and cities were operating electric buses with few if any problems.   Unseen forces however bro...

September 21, 2020

The daily headlines across all media point to a hard winter impacting all the country irrespective of geography or politics.   Large falls in the financial markets today focus on sectors dealing with the leisure economy - from aircraft manufacturers...

September 17, 2020

A further visit to the site of the former Wilko store today showed a work in progress in the demolition of the combined store and car park structure.  Contractors are focussing on a phased removal of the concrete edifice from the Dickson Road frontag...

September 15, 2020

Having had the pleasure of visiting Cork last year (pre-Covid) it was an even great pleasure to read that this second city of the Republic of Ireland is to be favoured with a light rail investment.   The city has an impressive central commercial dist...

September 11, 2020

A quick visit to the town centre today revealed the extent of demolition work already well underway on the blot on the landscape structure formerly known as 'Wilkos'.   Contractors have gutted the internal area of the retail store and now beginning t...

September 10, 2020

Following on his remarkable book on the Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramroad and its successor operator - Blackpool Corporation, Brian Turner has turned incisive scrutiny to his home town, Lytham and its colourful tramway in a new book 'Lytham Trams'. publ...

September 8, 2020

 Splendid display in bright sunshine at Hopton Road and Vambac 304 leading 660.   

 Vambac 304 with end embellishments in the correct style passing Brush Car 290 displayed at the Pleasure Beach by the FHLT.  

A third Coronation car...

September 7, 2020

An inspection of Rigby Road Depot last week allowed a brief glimpse of the Mercedes Citaro buses temporarily stored pending installation of new driver protection screens at the entrance.  We were informed that these vehicles will shortly be returned...

September 2, 2020

My ramblings on Blackpool Transport's former marketing as 'METRO Coastlines' (see previous Blog) have been brought up short by a sharp correction from Mike Morton.   My portrayal of this radical rebranding exercise as being launched by Steve Burd MD...

September 1, 2020

The images from today's town centre reflect the present style of Blackpool's public transport.  A recent rebranding has transformed the once familiar black and yellow bus fleet to a grey tone with 'palladium' highlight.  It was not too long ago that...

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