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September 30, 2015

Courtesy of Tony Armitage's camera - a demonstrator was captured at Fleetwood Ferry this week.   No not a political activist against fracking.    This was the eyecatching  'Streetdeck' model built in Ballymena by Wrightbus - the same company which is...

September 29, 2015

 

The story of the 'Football Tram' was recorded for a programme on the new television station 'Lancashire TV' to be found on Channel 8 now being trialled.

Roland Gent filmed the tram today for a news piece being run Monday or Tuesday this week.

 

The aut...

September 28, 2015

 

Before the ubiquitous Tridents there were the Atlanteans.   Replacing the equally large fleet of open platform PD3s from 1977 under a step change introduced by Derek Hyde, the Leyland Atlanteans were the mainstream of Blackpool services.

 

Seeing two...

September 27, 2015

Blackpool trams can now be ridden on from the shores of the Pacific to Heaton Park's sylvan woods in Manchester (or is it Bury?).

 

Whilst most enthusiasts were gathered by the seaside this weekend I paid a visit

to the Heaton Park line of the MTMS whic...

September 26, 2015

Jubilee Car 761 'starred' if that is the right word, in a line up of trams alongside the Engineering Workshop on the the first day of the 130th celebratory weekend.  It 

was outshone by the myriad other trams (and some buses) which were put on di...

September 26, 2015

 

The latest Rigby Road Publications title has gone on sale at Brook's Collectables on Waterloo Road and now at the North Pier Shop in a collaborative agreement with Nick Meskell.   'War & Austerity - Blackpool's trams and buses 1940 - 1949' has 120 p...

September 24, 2015

 

Atlantean 334 waiting to set off from Cleveleys on Service 12 to Pleasure Beach.  As  'Pleasure Beach' was not on Atlantean's destination blinds - South Pier must do...

A rare sight in the UK - a thirty year old Blackpool Cor...

September 24, 2015

In a policy reminiscent of Stalinist Russia( ! ) the vibrant colourful brand launched under a previous management 'Metro Coastlines' has been completely erased from the lexicon (and heritage) of Blackpool Transport.  While the fixations of enthusiast...

September 23, 2015

 

The recent statement that funding had been approved for reinstallation of the former tram stop at Norbreck North will be welcomed by the many residents living in proximity to the promenade at this point.   Withdrawal of the stop, combined with the e...

September 23, 2015

A more unusual bus which can be seen travelling around Blackpool's town centre is under the care of Blackpool Operational Services at their Layton Depot.  

 

Sponsored by several local organisations including the NHS, the 'buzz bus' provides counsellin...

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