JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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April 30, 2015

 

Colin MacLeod sets to work with his patent cleaning and polishing compound this week - to see how 641's panels looked after a good hard rub.

 

Obviously this special material had a beneficial effect if you compare the area under the fleet number with...

April 30, 2015

 A remarkable transformation has turned former Brush Car 622 into a startling adjunct to the Anchorsholme  (Blackpool) school which adopted it in 2013.   The exterior of the tram has been authentically returned to its early all over advertising for B...

April 26, 2015

Once upon a time it was possible to get on a tram at Fleetwood and with a change at the Gynn - continue one's journey by tram all the way to Lytham Square via Ansdell and St Annes.   A strenuous effort by Blackpool Transport's General Manager in the...

April 26, 2015

The German built light rail vehicles (sorry - trams) running steadily on the eleven mile service from Starr Gate to Fleetwood are doing a sterling job day in day out.

However there are two noteworthy aspects less attractive to local residents.

 

Firstly...

April 25, 2015

 Way back in 1927 Blackpool Corporation Tramways decided to break away from the limited capacity of its bus fleet and trialled four new three axle versions;  two double deckers and two single deck examples.   Guy Motors supplied the chassis for a dou...

April 23, 2015

 

 The development by Brush Engineering in Loughborough of their finest tram design - finessing the originating styling of English Electric 'rail coaches' for Blackpool did not go unnoticed elsewere in Europe.

 

Rome, like many European major cities, in...

April 23, 2015

Not usually heard in connection with trams but nonethless very appropriate for this online thank you to Dennis and Julie Smith.    The couple drove to Wyre Dock from the Manchester area this week to donate two boxes of tools and equipment which Denni...

April 21, 2015

 

 An early task in preparing Centenary Car 641 for its new 'look' is cleaning the special bogie frames used on these cars.  Whereas cleaning and painting the bogies on the Trust's Brush rail coach 290 was relatively easy - the large frames with their...

April 21, 2015

 

 

Tucked away off Vicarage Lane in Marton behind the former Duple Coachbuilders office block is a cluster of specialist coach and bus bodywork firms. 

 

The entire site was originally the home of Blackpool's prestigious HV Burlingham company - supplier...

April 20, 2015

Blackpool's main news medium carried a feature article on the Football Tram today.    The growing community support and contributions included stories of a tangerine duck as well as the involvement of local societies who wish to add their names to th...

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