JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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Talking About Trams : The Fylde Coast Light Rail Conference Tuesday 18 February

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February 29, 2016

One of the more remarkable survivors from Glasgow's tramway fleet is Number 1100.   This particular car was the subject of experiments which involved rebuilding the ends to replicate (somewhat) the 1937 Coronation Mark I class.  The rebuilding would...

February 28, 2016

 Glasgow's most famous single deck tram was 1089 which was built in the late 1920s at the city's equally famous Coplawhill tram workshops.  Intended as an experimental high speed car with front exit (or was it entrance?) it did not find favour with t...

Trams have crossed over the Gynn road junction from 1898 to 1963 - thereafter they ignored it completely by traversing the promenade side reservation.   A roundabout was built after closure of the North Station to Fleetwood tram service in 1963 - ost...

February 27, 2016

By the early 1930s American operators of 'streetcars' were desperately looking for a more upmarket alternative to retain their ridership as car ownership and more comfortable buses eroded revenue.   A cooperative organisation was formed with a core n...

February 26, 2016

Blackpool's newspaper - the Gazette front page headline 'Just the Ticket' today is about the ongoing study of potential options for linked transport heritage attractions on the Fylde coast.   Inevitably focus is on Rigby Road transport site and in pa...

February 25, 2016

Today the Alstom 'Citadis' tram type is the most prolific design in Europe with nearly all of the French tram systems operating variants.  There are a few exceptions such as Strasbourg and Lille.  Nearly a thousand examples of the Citadis model have...

February 24, 2016

 Looking somewhat forlorn in Rigby Road Depot - three 'Millenium' cars lined up awaiting a possible return to service on tours or hires in 2016.  

 

Numbers 168 to 171 may not be familar to followers of Blackpool trams but these were the fleet num...

February 23, 2016

From articles published his week online by the BBC there are background noises indicating reviews of options in strengthening the north of England's transportation links and infrastructure.  Apparently several scenarios are receiving attention :

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February 22, 2016

Actually the header should read 'What the EU has done to the UK light rail industry'.

 

Above :  a nice German tram coming to a stop near you !  One of the early deliveries from Bautzen - 3012 one of over a hundred high platform trams serving the peopl...

February 21, 2016

The last British built trams exported to a foreign customer were shipped out to Sudan of all places in the early 1950s.   Previous to that trams built in Preston,

Loughborough, Kilmarnock and the West Midlands - found customers in Warsaw (yes Warsaw)...

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Working to conserve for display, trams and artefacts of the longstanding coastal tramway serving Blackpool, Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

 

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