The affection for Blackpool's old buses never diminishes (fortunately) in some circles. This is notably relevant in the Brinwell Road offices of Catch22 Buses Ltd which provides a safe haven for a varied collection of vintage vehicles acquired by
the Lancastrian Transport Trust, as well as through private initiatives.
One remarkable example is the former BCT PD3 from the 1960s' 516 - still going strong and having had a striking repaint in the pre-1933 colours of Blackpool's municipal buses and trams. Number 516 functions as a special hire vehicle used for weddings and other social events.
More often now seen on the Catch22 service 21 to Stanley Park and Blackpool Zoo
516 has also acquired a new advertisement with more than a passing nod to a famous design on a Blackpool Brush Car. (see earlier blog). A quick comparison highlights the familiarities - in this photo taken by Tony Armitage's camera
this week on the Promenade.
A tram in a school playground ! Only in Blackpool - well Anchorsholme then....
Further north yet another tram carries a later Blackpool Zoo advertisement - this time at the FHLT store in Fleetwood. However this is definitely showing its age.