JOHN'S BLOG: TRAM TALK TODAY

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June 30, 2019

The structural work on the former Yates Wine Lodge key site between Talbot Road and Clifton Street (named for local worthies in the 19th Century when one touched one's forelock to socially superior beings!) - is nearing completion.  And what an impre...

June 29, 2019

Blackpool Transport Services Ltd. has a new Chair - Clr Paul Galley.   Representing Anchorsholme Ward as Conservative Councillor over a decade - the Company has secured a strong proponent for public transport integration on the Fylde coast.  Joining...

June 29, 2019

It is rare that Blackpool hits the main news programmes with a hot topic featuring trees.  But the town managed it this week with media attention being given to Cookson Street of all places.  A neat row of ten saplings planted along a section of this...

June 27, 2019

The long familiar outline of Centenary Car 641 on static display at the Pleasure Beach loop is no more.   Under arrangements of Blackpool Council and Lightworks the tram was removed from the display track on Wednesday through the combined efforts of...

June 25, 2019

The resort's tram system has justifiably been the focus of historians and enthusiasts through generations.  Blackpool's bus system and its evolution from the commencement in 1921 has fared less well in terms of print coverage.  However its history is...

June 24, 2019

I took the opportunity over the past weekend to travel down south with specific intention of seeing a tram restoration project well off the beaten path.   In the lee of the South Downs and after traversing a single track lane on an uphill incline I f...

June 19, 2019

The Author is in the course of preparing the format for the Centenary volume on Blackpool's buses which will be published late 2020 (ie next year).   Whilst he has an extensive collection of images and timetable material - he is on the lookout for pe...

June 18, 2019

Centenary Car 641 masquerading in social networking colours and external artwork is being prepared for its retrieval later next week.  The tram's tower gantry has been lifted off to ease transport, whilst the period illuminated tram signage affixed t...

June 16, 2019

Amid the continuing Brexit saga - one storyline yet to reach its conclusion - there is also the strengthening undercurrent of resentment at  London centric politics which dominate this country's condition : economic, social, financial, transport infr...

June 14, 2019

The much talked about scheme to bring electric trams back to Preston - a town which gave up their first system during the 1930s in the frenetic push to replace trams with buses - heavily backed by nearby Leyland Motors.   'Bury a tram with a Titan' b...

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