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Fleetwood's American Connection

July 9, 2020

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August 31, 2016

The UK's tramways over the years have had some oddities but a dining or buffet tram has not been one of them.   Blackpool has had its fair share of unique trams mostly of course involving the illuminations with exceptional creations starting in 1926...

August 30, 2016

With exception of the Rheinbahn network around Dusseldorf mentioned in the previous blog - Europe's engagement with onboard refreshments on trams is limited to the tourist operations and in Germany - the Partywagen concept.

Zurich was the natural loca...

August 29, 2016

The rumours of Blackpool's heritage operation expanding further with a dining on board experience prompt some recollections and pointers to examples both historic and current.   The most famous European tram ride which offered on board refreshments i...

August 28, 2016

The Council's required public consultation period to receive views on the proposed tram extension to North Station has finally ended not without a regular dose of letters to the local paper arguing strongly against expenditure of public funds to the...

August 26, 2016

The recent decision of the TMS Board to approve the accession of the marvellously restored Bournemouth open top tram is to be commended of course given that it has been tucked away in storage for quite some time.  I did manage to see the tram in the...

August 25, 2016

 Former Conduit Car 4 - transformed into 'Number One' for the 1960 Anniversary seen here about to take an enthusiast party on tour from Hopton Road.  Coliseum Coach Station was very much in business as can be seen by the background vehicles.  Contras...

August 24, 2016

 Blackpool has dillied dallied over the past fifty years with idle thoughts of creating a permanent venue to display its old trams.   The first seed was planted in 1935 when the last remaining 'Dreadnought' type car (59) was kept from dismantling at...

August 22, 2016

In the aftermath of local transport de-regulation in 1986 when the rules and constraints covering Britain's public transport operations were lifted many local authorities opted to sell out their assets to the private sector.  Ostensibly this was to e...

August 21, 2016

Reports this past week highlighting the dangerous levels of emissions from diesel traffic along the length of Oxford Street pose interesting questions for Transport for London among other public bodies responsible for welfare in the capital.

The conti...

August 20, 2016

 Generational difference with a gap of at least 58 years.  Blackpool buses at Lime Grove on  the 9 Service to Cleveleys just a few changes in styling !    Top Image is of Titan 28 delivered in 1940 seating 48 passengers to Walter Luff's preferred sty...

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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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