Brief Encounters

A chance detour off Lytham Road today brought me to the long familiar Hopton Road depot tracks where a duo of classic Blackpool restored and sort of restored double deck cars basked in the sun. Being prepared for a private tour (for London Transport Museum visitors I was reliably informed) purple and white 700 in Blackpool Council colours, and 717 in its finely restored cream and green waited for their next duties touring the Illuminations.Below : the duo provide a neat contrast in Balloon car restoration on the track fan today.


Anyone for Great Eccleston ?

Central Promenade and the 'Golden Mile' around 1950 with a 'snap' of this strolling foursome in smart attire for the period. The allure of a late afternoon ride out to Great Eccleston - all for two and threepence per person was insufficient to gain their attention however. Im not sure who the coach operator is or indeed the vehicle marque and welcome knowledgeable readers to enlighten me of either. Image : John Woodman Archive

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