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  • Writer's pictureJohn Woodman

A Blast From The Past

On returning to the UK from extended work in the USA in 1994 - a first port of call was a visit to Blackpool to join an FTS Christmas Tour. My last being during the 1985 Centenary Year with a memorable ride on Dreadnought 59 in the amazing procession along the promenade - followed up by a trip to Fleetwood on the Hill of Howth car restored specially for the 1985 celebrations.

Uncovering images of the 1994 tour it brought back the memories of Balloon Car 700 (237) and this tram's transformations over the past two decades. For those recalling previous times - some reminders of how 700 looked on a Christmas tour. :

Below : Awaiting the tour participants enjoying their repast at the North Euston Hotel

Arriving at Starr Gate with enthusiasts hurrying off to take photos at the terminus.

Broadside view of heritage car 700 in former times on the Christmas FTS Tour in 1994 - at Starr Gate - now site of the light rail depot and terminus.

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