The well loved tram Box 40 will leave Blackpool for Beamish on March 15th 2019 and then transfer to its owners, Crich National Tramway Museum, in September 2019.
Box 40 formerly of the Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramway was built in 1914 by the United Electric Car Company of Preston. It operated in public service until 1937. It moved between Crich and Heaton Park who restored it, and returned to Blackpool in 1995 where it has been well tended and is a regular operator as a Heritage Tram.
A goodbye journey is being run by Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours.
In January 2019 several schemes for extending the Blackpool Tramway have been proposed.
Paul Maynard MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys supported a Fylde Tramway Loop from Fleetwood to Poulton, Kirkham to Blackpool South. While Gordon Marsden MP for Blackpool South supported a short rail passing loop to enable a more frequent and variable train service including Manchester on the South Fylde line to Blackpool South.
In addition Trams To Lytham propose extending the tramway to Lytham via a link at Squires Gate using the existing rail route.
It seems that Lancashire County Council along with Preston Council are supporting an improvement to what they call the ‘East-West Corridor’ to support the large house building in west Preston and the new link road to the Warton Enterprise Zone from the M55. This will include a new railway station called Cottam Parkway between Kirkham and Preston.
It could also be believed that extending the railway from Blackpool South to a point near the old Blackpool Central Station would be a popular option.
Princess Alice, open top double deck tram 706, is one of the favourite trams in the Blackpool Heritage Tram Fleet. It has been laid up since 2015 awaiting maintenance and repairs. There is an appeal by the Fylde Tramway Society with a target of £10,000 to replace the underframe and another £40,000 for other items.
So far £8,000 has been donated via the Fylde Tramway Society or on the Go Fund Me online donation site.
To donate and find out more please visit Go Fund Me using the link below:
Collecting a good sample of photos of 2018 taking in Gold Weekends on the trams, Totally Models, Fleetwood Tram Sunday, Rail Electrification, Blackpool North Tramline Extension work and more as time goes on.
Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd September was the Bus Driver of the Year Competition 2017. Held along North Shore with the base being at the Hilton Hotel. On the Sunday driving trials were held starting at the Metropole Hotel and running along the middle promenade and back round along the prom road.
Buses from all over the UK with Dundee and Bournemouth being the furthest seen. Although Solent might be further. Stagecoach brought a 67 registered single decker and Solent brought a lady driver. Overall some smart buses on show including the Blackpool one’s, being a credit to their operators and localities.
On Saturday it was a gorgeous day but on Sunday it rained. Wasn’t too bad though. Here are some photos: