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September 30, 2017

 Our first inspection of Brush Car 621 in Rigby Road during 2010 - Colin with his prize.

Seven years elapsed since our meeting at Rigby Road Offices when the germs of an idea to save a handful of trams saw its genesis.   Steve Palmer, Colin MacLe...

September 26, 2017

A visit to Wyre Dock today would have caught the Owner of Brush Car 637 (300) giving attention to its roof and applying a weatherproof seal ahead of the winter months.  A continuing watch is necessary to ensure the canvas covering does its job.  In t...

September 24, 2017

Youthful enthusiasts John Woodman and Derek Redmond enjoy a moment on the platform of Brush Car 287 on Bispham Depot track fan in 1959.  Of note are the distinctive numerals which needed to avoid any clash with English Electric's own style used on it...

September 23, 2017

A further member of the 20 strong Brush car class to undergo a major makeover was 638 formerly 301.    By the late 1960s Blackpool's Transport Department was urgently giving attention (finally one might say) to the need for reduction of crew staffing...

September 22, 2017

Whilst the survivors of this class are getting a justifiable 'airing' over the weekend in Blackpool - they are of course far removed in style and finish from their original appearance produced by Brush Engineering in 1937.    Two examples manage to r...

September 22, 2017

In the immediate aftermath of World War Two Blackpool, along with Glasgow's transport management, went ahead with orders for the new control equipment and resilient wheel bogies which became available from Crompton Parkinson and Maley and Taunton.  B...

September 21, 2017

We are delving into our archive this week to continue with memory lane images of the Brush car fleet in their postwar prime.   The new Rigby Road Publishing title now online and available to pre-orders on the Shop page - naturally contains a host of...

September 20, 2017

 A summer season scene from 1960 with a Brush car unloading at the Station Road stop on Lytham Road.   The curving tracks leading on to Station Road being clearly evident. A small group of 'holiday makers' head for the entrance whilst a Balloon car t...

September 19, 2017

Classic view of a classic tram - in service pre-war running into Fleetwood and almost new in service.     John Woodman Archive  

Memories of this class extend way back to the 1950s when Bispham Depot and Rigby Road shared the honours in...

September 17, 2017

One of the survivors of the 1937 Class on the Fylde coast is out of sight but not out of mind.   The remaining highest numbered member of the twenty strong fleet of Brush cars is number 300 - in current speak 637.   Withdrawn over a decade ago and so...

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