TRAM 761

THE PLANS FOR TRAM 761  

  • 761 is presently in storage at Blackpool tram depot at Rigby Road by agreement with BTS.

  • The Trust intend to retain ownership of the car, given the extensive efforts in arranging for its preservation in 2011 in as withdrawn condition.

  • There are ongoing discussions involving the Trust and diverse  groups interested in the development of a new heritage transport themed attraction on the site of Blackpool Transport’s current operations at Rigby Road.

  • It is hoped that these will crystalise into a viable scheme with Council backing - allowing 761 to form part of a sequential story of tram development and operation on the Fylde coast during three centuries. 

  • This will allow 761 to be returned to a close rendition of its ‘as built’ 1979 appearance in Blackpool Corporation green and cream colours.

  • Discussions are ongoing between the Trust and Blackpool Transport Services on the future of 761 READ MORE

THE HISTORY OF TRAM 761

  • Tram 761 was unique in the Blackpool tram fleet. Originally built in 1935 as one of 14 double deck streamline trams numbered 250 to 263, this tram was the final car of the series - numbered 263.

  • In 1978 having been withdrawn and in storage, it was selected as the basis for constructing a double deck tram capable of one man operation.  It underwent lengthening of the bodywork with new pre-formed metal ends and new front staircases at each end of the saloon.   

  • In this form it emerged in 1979 as ‘Jubilee Car’  761. A sister car -  762, was similarly built in 1982, but with centre doors to allow for faster passenger access  and different bogies. 

  • The design and construction work on both trams was done at Rigby Road by Blackpool Transport workshops and exemplifies skills and crafts in this aspect of Blackpool’s operation. 

  • Number 761 was the largest capacity tram on Blackpool’s system up to the end of the traditional operation in 2011. Its final duties were on the last night of the Illuminations. 

  • It was acquired by the FHLT as a unique tram deserving of preservation; sister car 762 having been reserved for the National Tramway Museum in Derbyshire. These were the only two trams rebuilt into this condition.