Read about transport related activity in the region around Blackpool. Mainly heritage trams but also rail, bus and cars.
There is plenty of classic vehicle activity in Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours operate classic trams on behalf of Blackpool Transport. These tours run from The Blackpool Pleasure Beach to North Pier heritage stop on what is called the Promenade Service. There are some tours to The Cabin and Bispham. On ‘Gold Days’ they operate to Fleetwood and Starr Gate. In autumn the Illuminated Trams excel during the illuminations, also as Santa’s Grotto on the Western Train.
Tram 706, open top double decker and pride of the fleet, Princess Alice has a Big Give campaign to fund maintenance work needed for it to restart work.
In addition Fylde Transport Trust operate a number of classic Lytham St Annes, Blackpool and Ribble buses and own some of the old trams. At present they’re having one of their trams refurbished at Bury which is quite a bonus. They offer buses for wedding ceremonies and put on free transport at a number of events in the year.
Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust operate a number of ex-Ribble Buses at events in Lancashire with Lytham Hall being one of their main events locally.
There are many private owners with buses and trams around the Fylde. These vehicles come out at special events although the trams tend to be in work.
Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Group members own classic cars. There are several annual classic car events around the Fylde including Stanley Park, Blackpool Promenade, Cleveleys Promenade, Fairhaven Lake.
The biggest vehicle event is Fleetwood Tram Sunday in July which includes a full range of lorries, buses, cars and trams. This is also a big family event with the funfair and usually ‘spare parts’.
The biggest ‘transport’ event in Blackpool is the annual Blackpool Air Show packing the promenade for 2 days in August. The Red Arrows, Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have been the elite RAF teams, with the Wing Walkers and …. bringing momentous propeller powered displays.
The RNLI put on sea displays at Fleetwood, Blackpool and St Annes which are good to see especially when they’re joined by the lifeboats from other areas.
For rail enthusiasts there are usually some classic excursions from Blackpool. Since electrification of the line there have been classic electric train excursions to Blackpool from afar sometimes arriving quite late at night.
We also have a Facebook and Twitter feed, please take a look at them, especially the Facebook page. We put quite a bit of work into our Facebook page. When we say we, it’s really a one retired man with camera show.
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours Planner 2019
See the Blackpool Heritage Tram Tour 2019 Planning sheet below. No heritage tram trips up Talbot Road listed but let’s watch out for it. Surely the opening will have a cavalcade of old and new.
2018 Tramburst at North Pier 27th August 2018