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April 9, 2020

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December 30, 2015

Over successive years since 2012 our Trust has arranged for a classic tram to be on display facing the promenade at the Pleasure Beach terminus.   This has been the result of a good many organisations and companies offering practical assistance and s...

December 29, 2015

Its pleasing to record that thanks to a private transaction this month between the former owner of Brush car 637, one of the quartet of cars rescued from scrapping 

at Knowsley, this tram is to survive and prosper.  Plans for the car to be used for


December 29, 2015


The ever present camera (or so it seems) of Tony Armitage caught a rare view of one of Blackpool's Trident fleet failing in service in the town centre.   The company's own heavy breakdown vehicle itself is not presently in service.  So outside contr...

December 23, 2015



An especially pleasing relationship between the Trust (FHLT) and successive management at BTS has existed from inception of our efforts in 2010 to secure a number of redundant trams for preservation and future display. This has emerged strongly in...

December 22, 2015

Successive displays in 2014/2015 and 2016 of the Trust's two preserved trams, Brush Car 290 and Centenary 641 - have received exceptional design and material support from this specialist and expanding Blackpool graphics display company.


The two cars...

December 21, 2015


The FHLT have been very fortunate in gaining the interest and support of several Fylde coast companies.   A list of the businesses helping in practical ways with the Blackpool Football Club tram display is posted on both sides of 641 on the Promenad...

December 19, 2015

Rigby Road Tram Depot has now become a store for withdrawn buses (or those on the verge of extinction).  The tracks to the far east side of the depot have been assigned for this purpose - with care due to the inevitable problems of pits between the r...

December 19, 2015


I have been reminded of the imminent withdrawal from service of the remaining examples of Optare Excel buses that have been a familiar part of Blackpool Transport's fleet since 1999 (albeit in different liveries and guises).    Assigned fleet number...

December 18, 2015

As the first UK effort to implement 'tram train' operation nears the start line in Sheffield and Rotherham - it is worth relating initial studies made on similar possibilities on the Fylde Coast.   Sheffield and Rotherham were once linked by tram ser...

December 17, 2015

As many of our readers and supporters are preparing to turn their new Calendars to the Month of January 2016 with a distinctive colour image of Blackpool's first illuminated feature car - Number 68 (in its final year of operation - 1936) the passage...

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