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Dickson Road resurfaces

It doesn't really matter where a utility company starts to dig beneath the surface on Dickson Road it will inevitably come across (literally) the sub level tracks of the former tram route from Fleetwood to North Station. So it is this current week with major water main replacement underway in this part of Blackpool. Tram tracks are in evidence almost every place a road surface is broken into. Behind the Hilton Hotel the route of the former '1' service is very much in evidence - however briefly.

The northbound tracks are clearly in view in this exposed excavation work taken by Colin MacLeod on 14 July.

Almost at the same point well before the Hilton (formerly Pembroke) Hotel was constructed - an unidentified Brush car heads steadily northward towards Gynn Square and onward to Fleetwood. The lack of road traffic (and parked vehicles) is very noticeable - but this is the early 1960s. The very last service tram departing from North Station and traversing the same tracks is Brush Car 290 still on display at the Pleasure Beach terminus (for a short while longer) - and proudly retained in its Corporation green and cream fleet colours. Photo : John Woodman

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