JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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August 30, 2017

With the onset of the Illuminations and a still busy promenade scene - the town's transport scene continues to provide colourful material for those with interest in such matters.   Blackpool Transport require a constant source of drivers and the assi...

August 28, 2017

One of the notable encounters over the holiday weekend occurred in Abingdon Street where rerouted bus services found temporary sanctuary from the traffic mess caused on the Promenade at the Tower Headland Festival event.   Many services found themsel...

August 28, 2017

The August Bank Holiday is not yet over but it has provided already quite memorable scenes in the town centre and on the promenade.   Closure of the promenade to all traffic between North Pier and the Tower (including tram services) meant innumerable...

August 27, 2017

As far as I am aware no  UK tram system has used purple as its principal fleet colour up until the introduction of the Bombardier cars on the upgraded Blackpool tramway in 2011.    There have been many early variants of dark red, deep lake, maroon an...

August 22, 2017

Work on rebranding Centenary 641 is now well underway with all over purple coating now covering much of the bodywork.    This presents quite a startling appearance after nearly three years of tangerine, white and black for Blackpool Football Club....

August 18, 2017

Inbetween intermittent showers and blustery wind the Engineering Workshop team from Rigby Road made the short drive up to the Pleasure Beach to attend to an urgent mission this morning.  Centenary Car 641 is in the middle of a makeover by a social pr...

August 15, 2017

A sunny today on the promenade saw Birkenhead 20 tentatively take on a trial run from Rigby Road which as luck would have it coincided with my heading very slowly in traffic towards South Shore.   Driven by a member of the traffic staff and a seated...

August 14, 2017

Contractors are now well esconced in the precincts of Network Rail's station infrastructure and approach tracks leading into Blackpool North.  One of the island platforms (most northern) has been demolished and tracks on either side removed. Further...

August 12, 2017

The annual Blackpool Air Show draws enormous crowds to the seafront from mid morning onwards and this year over the entire weekend. Understandably  promenade traffic flow is disrupted to the extent that bus services, in particular the P:romenade 1 Se...

August 11, 2017

A chance encounter with a green Brush car on the promenade this morning brought me to the Pleasure Beach terminus where it rested before departing on its next journey northwards.  Miserable blustery weather and grey skies did little to enlighten visi...

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