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August 18, 2015

Following the original 'Twin-Set' testing in 1958 - Blackpool's decision to proceed with conversion of a further eight English Electric rail coaches to pull brand new trailers was quite a dramatic development by 1960.   The ten trailers were well cra...

August 16, 2015

Of course there was an even more notable (and relevant) example of the Fylde coast's susceptibility to gale force westerly winds - apart from the many vessels blown off course and onto the local coastline.   

 

An earlier tram depot erected o...

August 16, 2015

An early casualty in the light rail upgrade scheme has been Blackpool's new tram depot at Starr Gate  - sited  just where the sea hits the land.   A semi-permanent contractor's camp has now been erected outside the depot entrance to provide a base of...

August 15, 2015

Now that 290 is once more the focus of chatter elsewhere it is reassuring that this particular example of a twenty strong class of Blackpool (British) tram is a cause celebre for some all too familiar names.   We commend a read of the varied suggesti...

August 14, 2015

Attempts to remove 290 from its display track this week ended in failure - fortunately the astronauts did not suffer any serious injuries on re-entry.

During the tram's initial attempt at re-entry it lost part of its heat shield but was otherwise unda...

August 14, 2015

Amid all the furore about perceived need to save every last tram from the pre -light rail era in Blackpool, spare if you will, a thought for the bus preservation movement and what little has been retained from the once iconic municipal bus fleet. Ver...

August 13, 2015

One of the pleasures of Blackpool's summer season is you never know what bus is going to turn round the corner on the Catch22 services 12, 22 and 6.   Blackpool now has two bus routes numbered 12 - just to make life interesting for residents and visi...

August 13, 2015

Rigby Road Works is naturally associated with Blackpool's former tram fleet which was sustained over decades by skilled craftsment and engineers. Since the 1960s this a period when Blackpool was THE only UK tram operator (outside of museums and the I...

August 12, 2015

 Coming to a tram stop near you - in Jerusalem.  Courtesy : Jessica Meyer-Rassow

 

As reports reach these shores of new tramways / light rail operations opening at an almost indecent rate in France, north Africa, the United States, the Arab world...

August 11, 2015

The tramway connection at the Foxhall leading from the Promenade on to Princess Street was severed last year thus ending a feature which existed from the very early days of the original electric tram operation in 1885.  

 

The single line along Princes...

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