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January 28, 2019

Rigby Road is the scene of Emergency Fire Crews of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service preparing for drills involving a non-typical Blackpool tram today.   A pristine Balloon car was positioned carefully alongside the Engineering Works to allow prepared training of new staff in procedures involving trams.  In fact Blackpool and the Fylde coast are the only locations in Lancashire where trams operate - given the now seperate Greater Manchester (and environs) being under different local government jurisdiction.  If the Preston Guild Line proposals manage to emerge with necessary capital funding - then a further system in the county could become a reality.

 

 Remodelled 723 in its retro fleet livery is bereft of passengers, casualties or indeed any form of combustion in this exercise.  The sun shone brilliantly for the event - a pity the weather was not so sympathetic at the weekend.  

 

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