JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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October 31, 2018

Road resurfacing ongoing together with new sidewalk edging in a schedule which requires completion in the next three days.

 Lines of contractor trucks and vans on Talbot Road today

The scenes on Talbot Road around the important junction with Dickson Ro...

October 30, 2018

Whilst Blackpool's transport system never operated trolleybuses (although there were credible proposals considered by the Transport Department in the 1940s) the town did in fact supply four UK systems in the postwar period.   Naturally the builder wa...

October 29, 2018

Blackpool Council's roadside electronic information boards give warning of the closure of the promenade from November 5th for thirteen weeks.   This will allow work on installing the track connection from the promenade at North Station linking the ex...

October 26, 2018

The gentle curving tracks emerging from Talbot Road and crossing the junction with

Dickson Road and Topping Street (left hand side) have been laid as far as possible up to the entranceway in front of the soon to be demolished Wilko structure.   Now l...

October 26, 2018

News just in from Sheffield on a significant road incident involving one of the much heralded tramtrain units on the inaugural day of the new Rotherham and Sheffield service adds further woes to the overall scheme.   After extensive delays and enormo...

October 25, 2018

The last time I took a tram to the airport involved trundling along Lytham Road in a noisome rail coach as far as Squires Gate Lane.   Blackpool was possibly the only place in Britain which had 'Airport' as a destination on its tram indicator blinds....

October 23, 2018

The latest title from Rigby Road Publishing - Broadway to Blackpool - the story of centre entrance double deck tramcars - is now available at Blackpool Visitor Centre, Toys2Save at Cleveleys and Brooks Collectables shop on Waterloo Road next to the P...

October 21, 2018

Three Managing Directors of Blackpool Transport Services since 2001 to the present time.  All three putting their personality and individual style on to Blackpool's buses.  Starting with Steve Burd who rebranded the bus fleet and operation as well as...

October 18, 2018

A brief encounter at the Heritage Tour tram stop near North Pier with James Millington fortuitously provided advance notice of the rare outing of Birkenhead open top car 20 on a private tour to Bispham today.    James and colleague were crewing immac...

October 18, 2018

Almost sixty years have passed since the town's principal civic space saw trams traversing in front of the Town Hall.  Work on reversing these decades is now advancing rapidly with groundwork ongoing in Talbot Square where trams once terminated to an...

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