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John Woodman


Much attention has seemingly been given to the FHLT decision to forgo its lengthy efforts to develop a heritage visitor attraction at Wyre Dock - and assign the Trust's assets to alternative hosting sponsors.


Discussions are underway with Rossall School as one of the alternative locations that the Trust has an interest in - with expectation that a worthwhile arrangement can be worked out benefitting the School's own agenda and recognition of the vital role of the Tramroad has played since 1898.


An unusual expression of interest has been received from Sunderland and a private company with an interesting venue from that town's tramway history.


Blackpool Transport have offered assistance to the Trust in this new chapter of development and it is to be hoped that shared engagement may see some of the Trust's collection eminently displayed after so many years exposed to the elements at Wyre Dock. The Trust's saving of Jubilee Car 761 is but one example of collaborative efforts in recent years. Brush Car 621 (284) saved by the Trust was similarly was transferred over to the Blackpool heritage set up - following its brief interlude at Beamish Museum - and its initial storage at HMP Kirkham under arrangements of the FHLT after leaving Rigby Road during the cull of the fleet in 2010-12.


Whilst there is much speculation on social media of current developments; readers are encouraged to give attention to this Blog and Tramtalk in order to gain definitive updates during 2021/22.






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