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Fleetwood's American Connection

July 9, 2020

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February 27, 2017

2017 would seem to be the year in which  the remarkable role and longevity of the twenty luxury rail coaches built by the Brush Engineering Company, Loughborough in 1937 is recognised in Blackpool.

Numbered 284 - 303 the trams were ordered o...

February 26, 2017

A cold and blustery weekend still saw a reasonable number of decidedly out of season visitors taking a break by the seaside.   Camera toting enthusiasts were attracted by the sight of several of Blackpool's traditional trams operating tours up and do...

February 24, 2017

The interregnum between New Year and Easter affords a timeframe for essential work on infrastructure.  The replacement of Crossley's Bridge is a project well underway with completion hopefully by Easter.   Traffic patterns have adjusted relatively we...

February 23, 2017

The announcement on Thursday by Fylde Council that it would be joining Wyre Council in withdrawal of support for the Lancashire Combined Authority initiative in which all (or now the vast majority) of local authorities in Lancashire would come  toget...

February 21, 2017

Not only does the extended Midland Metro line serve Birmingham Snow Hill station - its original terminus - but now wends through some of Birmingham's commercial centre to arrive immediately outside the remarkable remodelled 'New Street' station where...

February 18, 2017

Business meetings in Liverpool this week afforded a brief encounter with aspects of the city's transport in a busy vibrant economy with ongoing investment and not a sign of gloom or doom forecast in the run up to the EU Referendum.   Of course the ci...

February 15, 2017

 The days when hand painting of sponsored trams faded very quickly with the onset of vinyl coatings - making the application of all over designs far easier.   One Brush car (in private ownership) and stored with the Trust's trams at Wyre Dock uniquel...

February 12, 2017

 A Dutch interurban of some character - note entrances on trailer and motor unit  in service from Den Haag to Delft in the 1960s.   The rear end of an HTM PCC   on the left. 

Some five decades have passed since 'trad...

February 9, 2017

From the mid 1920s to the late 1930s tram development flourished across many countries and continents.    Notwithstanding the competitive pressure placed on the industry by bus, coach and trolleybus advances - investment in infrastructure, new routes...

February 7, 2017

One large UK city whose tramway heritage is less known or remembered is that of Newcastle Upon Tyne.    The system gave way to trolleybuses in the late 1940s and was distinctive for several reasons.   Firstly Newcastle's trams and trolleybuses (and b...

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