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Electric Buses - Part One

September 22, 2020

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October 15, 2017

The seafront bus service from Starr Gate to Fleetwood (1) was enlivened this weekend by the entry into service of a further demonstrator from the Falkirk factory of Alexander Dennis.   Decked? out in a rendering of Scotland's 'saltire' colours albeit...

October 14, 2017

Formal notices have been published announcing the closure of the road bridge at Squires Gate over the railway line with effect from the end of the Illuminations. Quite considerable delays and diversions will result in peak traffic hours as a result b...

October 13, 2017

Blackpool North and diesel sets abound - including the dreaded 'Pacers' - days now numbered.

Leaflets now being handed out in the Fylde provide details of the rail closure and opening dates ahead of termination of train services into and out of Blackp...

October 12, 2017

Cissy shows off its classic lines - National Tramway Museum 

Trams in former times were usually everyday objects of affection by the regular travellers using them to and from their homes and workplaces.   In part this had much to do with the crews and...

October 11, 2017

Having now finished the final pages of the new title - Municipal Transport Heyday the images of this vibrant decade in the resort's history were brought vividly to mind as I was witness to the delivery of brand new buses, the emergence of the prototy...

October 10, 2017

The sights and sounds of trains rumbling in and out of Blackpool North have just a month before closure of the entire line from Preston to the Fylde coast.  From November 11th contractors have complete control of the tracks and freedom to correct pla...

October 8, 2017

Manchester is almost a tram city once more.  After cessation of the Edwardian era double deck trams of stained quarter lights and once elegant livery fame - in 1949 when the final example (1007) trundled into its depot - a renaissance of steel tracks...

October 5, 2017

The illuminated trio are rarely (if ever) featured on this blog but a chance encounter at Rigby Road this afternoon has helped correct this (glaring) omission.  A daily ritual for the heritage tram staff at the Works is to ensure the unidirectional u...

October 4, 2017

In the beginning the electric tram era followed literally on the rails of equine motive power with relatively small two axle cars and open tops.  Coachwork design was much the same although dispensing with limitations of horses meant heavier and some...

October 2, 2017

The FHLT are providing storage for a Blackpool tram which retains its handpainted imagery advertising Blackpool Zoo.   Uniquely privately owned 637 (300) still has  carefully applied renderings of colourful creatures, as well as an early vinyl markin...

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