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June 30, 2015

A ghoulish tour of the FHLT trams currently stored at Wyre Dock is being arranged

Saturday 18 July at 1230 for invited guests wishing to pay their respects to :

 

Twin Set 673/683

Motor Unit 680

Trailer 681

Trailer 687

Balloon 710

Balloon 726

Brush Car 637

Bru...

June 28, 2015

Long before the internet, digital cameras and mobiles - when bus (and tram) preservation was very much considered an eccentric pastime with a modest number of dedicated followers, Blackpool was fortunate in having a local garage owner with practical...

June 27, 2015

Blackpool Transport's bosses decided the town's bus services needed a revamp in time for the summer season. On 28 June various revisions will be put into effect.   Perhaps importantly the Promenade service 1 which offers an alternative to the trams o...

June 26, 2015

The announcement by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin that railway modernisation to the tune of £35 BILLION over the period of this Parliament has been 'derailed' and major upgrades for the national network - north of Watford have been put on ho...

June 25, 2015

The Trust's 2016 Tram Calendar goes on sale next week with online orders being taken.   This latest version involves the participation of Blackpool Heritage Trust and its team following collaborative discussions in June.  

 

The 2016 calendar them...

June 24, 2015

Heading out of Preston on Wednesday I had to rub my eyes at the sight of a speeding blue and white single deck bus.  Its cutaway rear entrance was an immediate giveaway as it had to be the former Leyland demonstrator bought by Lytham St Annes Corpora...

June 24, 2015

In 1924  Lytham St Annes municipal tramway operation took delivery of ten new double deck and open platform trams numbered 41 to 50.    These were to be 

the only new trams purchased  by the local authority.   Their quite luxurious lowe...

June 23, 2015

Blackpool's buses were once as distinguished as the town's trams.   Not only did the tram system get a total makeover during the 1930s - but its buses probably even more  so.   A streamlined design emerged in parallel to the new rail coach and double...

June 22, 2015

Design features and work on the Football tram project are proceeding with the involvement of increasing numbers of companies and organisations.   Centenary Car 641 was measured up for front panels to cover the cab glazing at both ends last week.   Bl...

June 21, 2015

 Obviously not the happiest of scenes with my daughter seemingly exhausted and terribly bored in front of the Baltimore light rail car 5015 which took us to Cromwell (I think).  My wife issues instructions to Andrew to get into the photo (off left!)....

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