JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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April 21, 2016

A notable feature of the Fylde coast is the total absence of the EU flag flying anywhere.    In fact there is very little to denote the role of the EU and British Membership on display - with a few exceptions.   The Starr Gate tram depot had some sig...

April 20, 2016

 Palmyra's heritage was once visited by Blackpool Corporation Transport Bus 298 in its epic journey to Pakistan.  It posed by the classic arch destroyed by ISIS - as seen here.   A smaller scale replica of the arch has been erected for temporary disp...

April 18, 2016

News of the Council's decision to purchase the concrete bunker on Talbot Road which houses a car park, a Wilko store and (another) charity outlet - is good news. Even more inspirational is the expectation that the entire structure is to be demolished...

April 16, 2016

 Looking down Talbot Road from the junction with Dickson Road as workers prepare the foundation for double track extending from Talbot Square in the far distance up to Cookson Street.    Below :  the newly laid rail looking from Abingdon Street junct...

April 14, 2016

Blackpool's popular image is of a town noted for its Tower, piers, Pleasure Beach and a day out by the seaside.  All of this is true.  Much else however has changed in the past decades.   A decline in standards and an influx of transient benefit depe...

April 13, 2016

 Almost new PD2 349 about to pick up one passenger on Bispham Road en route to Talbot Road Bus Station.  Note the telegraph pole, concrete lamp standard and cast concrete shelter along with the bus stop and 'Fare Stage' sign.  Ah those were the days!...

April 12, 2016

 An illuminating background to the origins of our new train operator lies in the metamorphis of Germany's state railways through the past century into the 21st.

Germany railways were unified (more or less) following the Great War (1914-1919). A mosaic...

April 10, 2016

The FHLT have privately arranged storage for several trams saved through sponsorship support.   Pending the development of a permanent home in Fleetwood - the trams (most of them) have benefitted from generous contribution of storage on properties ow...

April 9, 2016

There was a time when the bus side of Blackpool Corporation Transport was just as distinctive and unique (in the UK) as the trams.   The advent of Walter Luff from the West Riding job in 1933 brought  a fixation for centre entrance vehicles - this wa...

Trailer car 687 formerly T7 has been acquired by the Trust in an agreement with its Owner.   The unit remains with the Trust's other trams onsite at Wyre Dock.   Its driving cab end has been dismantled and work is in progress to remove the controls a...

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