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The Way We Were - 5

April 7, 2020

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May 31, 2015

Riders on Service 5 today got an especial treat !   Blackpool Transport's fleet of new

Mercedes Citaro buses inaugurated the next era in local transport by taking  over Service 5 connecting Victoria Hospital and Layton with Halfway House.      The con...

May 31, 2015




It seems only yesterday when 'Metro Coastlines' was plastered all over Blackpool Transport's vehicles.   Not quite a distant memory but definitely fading from view. 


Now just a handful of trams in various places manage to retain the once fami...

May 28, 2015

Once upon a time Blackpool's transport department had ownership of five tram depots and a storage sidings - all under its direct control.   Rigby Road, Blundell Street, Marton, Bispham and Copse Road Depots were all staffed facilities with resident t...

May 26, 2015

The first upgrade of the Fleetwood tram service occurred in 1928 following on extensive infrastructural renewal of the former Company owned line - eliminating a sharp curve at Rossall School among other features.    Replacement of the by then archaic...

May 25, 2015

 Hard to believe its over forty years since the emergence of Blackpool's one man operated trams from Rigby Road Workshops.    In 1972 on what obviously is a damp and overcast morning - prototype OMO 1 heads southbound passing the old 'Palatine Hotel'...

May 24, 2015

 Art following the market ?    In the same week as Blackpool Transport launched its fleet of new single deck buses branded in a shade of grey 'palladium' the FHLT launched the new look Centenary car 641 !   Well not quite.


Work has sta...

May 21, 2015

Today saw formal introduction of Blackpool Transport's new single deck buses.  A ribbon cutting on the steps of Fleet Number 550 was performed by the Chair of the BTS Board of Directors aided by Bob Mason, Service Delivery Director,  jointly with Boa...

May 19, 2015

 By way of contrast to the previous Blog one of Blackpool Corporation's unique and very distinctive buses on its way to Cherry Tree Gardens passes Queen Street from the stop outside the Odeon Cinema.   It is the late 1950s and Burlingham built number...

May 18, 2015

Nearly sixty years ago and this was the scene at Bispham Library's bus stop. Two almost new Blackpool buses catch the sun with 313 pausing en route to Halfway House from Cleveleys on the 22 Service. The Conductor is getting a momentary break and watc...

May 17, 2015

Further to the previous Blog - Northern Power House Anyone ? - the reopening this weekend of the direct rail service between Burnley and Manchester prompts an additional posting.


Not having ridden over the railway line to Burnley I am not personally...

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