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October 31, 2015

 The Oslo system's postwar cars were also locally sourced and unique.  A fleet of these square ended and somewhat utilitarian trams would become synonymous with the Norwegian capital's tram services up until the end of the 1990s.   

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October 30, 2015

 

The National Tramway Museum remains much as it has been for the past twenty odd years with a full Workshop, depot halls and Exhibition Hall.   The route has not varied or extended, while the proforma service and display format varies  little....

October 29, 2015

 

A familiar face from Blackpool and Member of the TMS said goodbye to his tram driving days at Crich this week.    Tony Stevenson is well known in the local enthusiast fraternity and over the years has been a regular volounteer at the National Tramwa...

October 27, 2015

By the late 1960s Blackpool's Transport Department had woken up to the fact that crew costs were killing its finances (among other demands).  Whilst many, if not most other, municipal transport systems  had converted routes to one man operated buses,...

October 26, 2015

 

A dramatic tram design appeared in Oslo in the late 1930s with the appearance of ultra stylish bogie cars - soon nicknamed 'goldfish' (in Norwegian of course).  These were dramatically different from the traditional wooden two axle trams which were...

October 26, 2015

The capital of Norway retains a vibrant tram operation with distinctive pale and dark blue fleet colours.   All of the locally built Norwegian trams have given way to low floor units from multinational suppliers - so the unique flavour of this system...

October 25, 2015

The national media campaign marketing the latest James Bond movie has hit most British towns and cities.  Blackpool is no exception.  Had the Balloon cars been operating a regular service no doubt one would have been decked out with a rendition of th...

October 25, 2015

The shock announcement last week of the termination of local services between Leyland and Preston by independent bus operator, John Fishwick & Sons, was wholly unexpected.   Commencing in 1907 this proud and distinctive independent was a local instit...

October 25, 2015

Parliament's Prime Minister's Questions last week were enlivened by a question tabled by Cat Smith MP for Fleetwood and Lancaster asking the Prime Minister if the people of Fleetwood could enjoy free travel access for holders of the NOW card on Black...

October 22, 2015

 

A rare sight this week has been the toing and froing of Balloon car 700 in regular service as far as Fleetwood.   Whilst the seasonal heritage travel along the Promenade has become pretty much an accepted part of Blackpool's visitor scene this year...

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