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March 31, 2016

An almighty sigh of relief will be heard throughout the northwest this weekend as the current franchise holder of Northern Rail relinquishes control over this part of the UK rail network.  Apart from their liberal application of large quantities of d...

March 30, 2016

Blackpool Transport will be making alterations to services from April 3 on several of their bus routes.   Notices and individual route timetables are available from the 'Travel Shop' aka as Information Office in former days - providing details on eac...

March 29, 2016

Long before the emergence of a cancer in the near east which continues in its barbarity reaching far into Europe - there was a time when travellers could journey mostly unhindered and without fear through a region proud of heritage and culture.

 

Who w...

March 28, 2016

With the gradual withdrawal of the OMO cars thought was initially given to the possible utilisation of their equipment;  frame and bogies for potential 'new' illuminated floats.   Two skeletal remains were towed up to Thornton Gate Siding for open st...

March 26, 2016

Once upon a time one could detrain at Garstang (on what we now call the west coast mainline) and make connection with the local train to Knott End at the edge of the Fylde overlooking Fleetwood and the River Wyre.   A private railway company - the Ga...

March 24, 2016

There is a small whiff of deja vu in seeing the newly opened tram stop between Norbreck and Little Bispham.  Whereas previously the stop was marked by a simple sign (above) and a short stretch of concrete laid alongside each of the tracks with a path...

March 23, 2016

Blackpool's Mayor and  Mayoress were on hand to formally declare open (and operating) the new tram stop (sorry - station) at Norbreck North yesterday.   With a crowd of well wishers the new platforms with a dedicated light controlled crossing for ped...

March 23, 2016

 Above :   Tram 290 - the very last tram to depart from North Station terminus to Fleetwood - in 1963.  Now saved by the FHLT and in store pending the formal opening of the new tram service to North Station three years hence.

 

Blackpool's tr...

March 22, 2016

It is ironic that at the same time as the last physical remnants of the former TVR car assembly factory on Bristol Avenue have been levelled - the new reconstituted TVR company announces it is setting up an assembly plant in Wales.

 

This is good...

March 21, 2016

Blackpool Transport's fleet livery styles contrasting against the concrete bunker which blights the Talbot Gateway development as it stands.   Fortunately there are

winds of change blowing around this particular part of Blackpool with the full expecta...

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