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December 31, 2016

On the very last day of authorised use of non DDA compliant buses Blackpool Promenade resounded to the roar of fifty year old classics.   Catch22bus Service 21 linking Cleveleys with St Annes was entirely operated with a mix of London RMs, Ribble dou...

December 29, 2016

Oxford is one of those English towns (and cities) which never made it to electric trams.  Instead a desultory horse tram system plodded through the historic university centre until swept away by the all conquering motor bus in the 1920s.

Today the bus...

December 23, 2016

BTS Managing Director Jane Cole before the camera at the launch of the company's first tranche of new double deck buses fresh from Alexander Dennis factory in Falkirk.   Below - ADL demonstrator on test in Blackpool as a prelude to possible replaceme...

December 20, 2016

 Classic Tram 648  - Read On.          Image :  John Woodman

Time passes by quickly.   It was just a few years ago then Blackpool's tramway still operated with an almost amazing mix of trams: double deckers, sin...

December 19, 2016

 Testbed Railcoach 208 seen at the Oxford stop in its prime.  It was a great runner.

Testbed Brush Car 303 showing off its new resilient wheel bogies (helpfully painted white for the media and demonstration running).  The Vambac control equipment...

December 18, 2016

The news that Blackpool's Council had approved the most important phase of the Talbot Gateway scheme was a very big tick in a very big box. Having acquired the 'Wilko' site from its Owners the planning for redevelopment of this key part of the scheme...

December 17, 2016

 Rigby Road Bus Park lineup (for the camera) in the 1980s depicts three successive generations of Blackpool Transport buses as we knew them.   Number 533 one of the final delivery of half cab Leyland PD3s with matching registration number.  AEC Swift...

December 15, 2016

 This is a picture taken from the top floor of the Transport Offices at a time when the roof of Blundell Street Tram Depot was being stripped of its tiles prior to demolition.   This followed on the resulting inspection of the structure after high wi...

December 13, 2016

Blackpool Transport opted for cupcakes to entice the public to the special Christmas schedule information display this week in front of St John's Church.

The ultra smart Alexander Dennis bus was the backdrop for a special stand on which the Company's...

December 12, 2016

 1901 - the year Marton's trams first ran from Talbot Square to Waterloo Road and then through fields to reach Revoe and Central Drive's built up strip.

A recent news item focussed on an initiative now underway by Blackpool's Civic Trust who have take...

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