Transport enthusiasts with interest in Blackpool's transport history will be pleased to know that the new title 'Municipal Transport Heyday' is with the printer and will be available to pre-paid orders from week of November 6th. All orders received with subscription will be mailed out post free - and special orders locally will be available at Brookes Collectables and Toys2Save shops in South Shore and Cleveleys respectively. The post free offer of £26.00 is available only until November 15th - thereafter orders will be charged postage for delivery.
A handful of copies of the Marton tram book 'Tribute to Marton Trams' are now available from the Shop. We can only accept orders for single copies of this title.
Plans for 2018 include the special album on Blackpool's municipal buses from 1921 to the latest deliveries in 2017 (and possibly beyond in 2018) - 'Tilling Stevens to Alexander Dennis' plus the series title covering the decade 1910 to 1919 - this time all about trams with operations of three seperate and uniquely distinctive tramway systems on the Fylde coast. Below : BCT Burlingham bodied Leyland PD2 arriving at Cookson Street with the large structure of North Station looming in the background. It is about to make a sharp right turn into the cavernous interior of Talbot Road Bus Station more or less where the entrance to Mr Basra's all you can eat restaurant is located today. The site behind the buses (back Cookson Street) is now where the Council Offices (Bickerstaffe House) have replaced the 1920s properties in this view.
Note the clean exterior of Number 233 with blanked out advertising space awaiting the next user - between decks. Bruce Forsyth tops the bill at North Pier 'Show Time' on the poster adorning North Station. These poster sites were much sought after by seasonal shows in those days. Photo : John Woodman Archive