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February 11, 2020

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August 19, 2016

 Once upon a time you could catch a tram anywhere on Blackpool's promenade all the way to St Annes (and even as far as Lytham) up to 1937.  Here is one of the more unusual trams operated on the Fylde coast just passing the tram stop at Manchester Squ...

August 18, 2016

Blackpool's final new trams (the pre-light rail kind) appeared in 1984 with a sample car - number 641 now in ownership of the FHLT.   On arrival from East Lancashire Coachbuilders in Blackburn it was unkindly reviewed as looking far too like  a bus....

August 16, 2016

 Eleven Bus Services are listed on the stop - at the dirtiest bus shelter in Blackpool.  

Blackpool Council expended not inconsiderable funds to install replacement bus shelters in the town centre and at several stops around the town.  These smar...

August 13, 2016

Sheffield to Manchester Express - private sector run with reasonable fares, good service, Guards and Ticket Collectors on trains and two man crew at the front.  

Apart from the political infighting and rifts within Labour and the ground breaking UKIP...

August 12, 2016

Apart from the advancing bridge work which is ongoing at Layton Station reducing traffic to one lane in each direction, with inevitable peak hour traffic holdups - the signs that long awaited electrification is about to reach Blackpool North are now...

August 11, 2016

 The type of Blackpool bus tested with driver's cab microphone and loud speakers fitted on both decks and similarly the type of Glasgow tram which also featured a trial microphone for the driver to announce next stops (and a lot more besides).

Both Im...

August 10, 2016

 Above :   a sorry looking remnant of the 'Blackpool Belle' awaits its final demise somewhere in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.  Underneath is the frame and bogies of 1926 Rigby Road built open toastrack car 163....

August 9, 2016

News reports this week that the Owners of the classic facaded former General Post Office building in Blackpool town centre have submitted proposals for its new role

as a hotel are to be welcomed.   The building anchors both Abingdon Street and Clifton...

August 8, 2016

The longevity of Rigby Road's association with Blackpool's transport operation has been focussed on the trams for which the town is rightfully famous.   From 1923 the 'Car Works' was responsible for building new trams, and recycling old ones, right u...

August 7, 2016

British Railways returns to Bury.  Back in time to a national railway system - at least in this corner of east Lancashire.  More please.

I never made it to Bury - until this weekend when a warm and sunny day found the wife edgy 'to do something d...

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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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