JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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October 31, 2016

The Trust's objectives in Fleetwood look enviously at the achievements over 6,000 miles away on the Pacific coast where the city of San Francisco has merged its varied trolleybus, transit and streetcar systems into a classic transport heritage paradi...

October 30, 2016

Sunday 30th October - Crossleys Bridge from Layton Station platform with the pedestrian scaffolding footpath prominently in view.   The heavy duty cranage was removed overnight.  One week to go for road traffic before the entire bridge is closed....

October 25, 2016

Now that the Council will formally decide on approving the tramway extension to North Station at their November meeting it is worth recalling the days when trams were very much part of the streetscape in Blackpool.   Whilst the Promenade was naturall...

October 24, 2016

One of the great survivors from the earliest years of Blackpool's tramway is the unique double deck open top car number 59 built in 1902 by Midland Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in Shrewsbury.   The tram was one of eight examples in the third tr...

October 22, 2016

New Zealand approach to heritage tram depot styling - the end wall size vinyl is quite amazing.   Replica tram tickets adorn the side panelling.

The Trustees will be taking forward outline proposals with Associated British Ports and the operator of Fl...

October 15, 2016

 The Trust's 2017 Calendar on sale at Blackpool Visitor Centre, Brooks Collectables on Waterloo Road and Toys2Save shop opposite Cleveleys Tram Stop.  Copies can be purchased on our Shop and also through EBay Collectables.

Following a series of m...

October 12, 2016

Blackpool's electric trams on the conduit third rail power system with which the first company owned service operated from 1885.  This is 'North Pier' C1892

In the early days of electric tramways at the turn of the 20th century and late 19th - it...

October 10, 2016

The news that Manchester Metrolink's latest and final tram in its 120 strong contract has arrived this past week places the lid? on the largest tram contract in Britain since the 1930s.   The UK had several manufacturers of trams (and trains) up and...

October 8, 2016

After an absolutely horrendous journey from Layton to Manchester - the train was over 50 minutes late from Blackpool North just five minutes up the line, and the two carriage affair felt very much like being in some hand me down rolling stock on a ru...

October 7, 2016

 A splendid scene complete with PCC in former Birmingham Transit (the US city in Alabama!) fleet colours amid soaring palms on San Francisco Bay waterfront.

No question that San Francisco is home to the world's most colourful heritage tram operat...

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