Paisley 16 and Hovercraft Appeal for Funds

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours posted an appeal for funds to restore the Hovercraft and a Paisley/Glasgow Tram.   The latter looks like it needs a lot (in capitals) of work but should be a great addition and appeal to the Scottish visitors.

‘The Blackpool Heritage Trust are developing exciting plans to add to the diversity of the operational Heritage tramcar fleet, but we can’t do this without your help! Avid followers of our progress will know that we have recently acquired two very unique vehicles, Paisley & District tramcar no.16 of 1904 (later Glasgow 1016), and the Blackpool Illuminated Hovertram of 1963. Both of these trams will be superb additions to our fleet once restored, and will afford us with show-piece vehicles of which we can all be proud for many years to come.

Paisley 16

Our ‘phase one’ project is to restore the 4-wheel truck from this tramcar to create a rolling chassis onto which we can then rebuild the body. To complete this we need four brand new steel tyres, at a cost of £500 each. We have already received our first very generous donation of £500 – which will buy us one tyre. Can you help us to fund the other three? Once we have the foundations of the tram in place, work can then progress towards rebuilding the body and recreating the missing components that will allow Paisley 16 to take its place on Blackpool’s Promenade within a reasonable timescale.

Any donation, no matter how big or small will help us to achieve the target and move us towards having a fully overhauled truck for this lovely little tramcar. Donors of £500 or more will be invited to Rigby Road when the work commences, to see the progress for themselves.

Illuminated ‘Hovertram’ 735

The Blackpool Hovertram returned to us in September 2016 after almost a decade away and having spent periods of time in both Beith, Scotland, and Sunderland. Latterly in the ownership of the North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust (NEETT), the tram initially came back to us on a long term loan.

However, NEETT have now presented us with a unique opportunity to actually purchase the Hovertram outright, which will allow it to remain as part of the Blackpool collection, in perpetuity. We feel that this is an opportunity that we should not miss, as it will reunite the entire 1960’s illuminated collection under one umbrella and in their original home at Rigby Road.

NEETT have very generously agreed to accept a figure of around half of the £7000 that they have themselves invested in the tram in terms of purchase, moving and storage. We are therefore aiming to raise £3,500 to allow the famous illuminated Hovertram to stay in Blackpool, where it belongs!

Again, any donation no matter how big or small will be very much appreciated, and will help us to secure the future of the Hovertram here in Blackpool. Donors of £500 or more will be invited to come and inspect the tram themselves, and to hear first hand about our plans for its future return to use.

To donate, please send a cheque to the “Blackpool Heritage Trust” to 16 Seventh Avenue, Blackpool, FY4 2ED, making it clear whether you wish your donation to support Paisley 16, or illuminated Hovertram 735. Alternatively, we would very much appreciate monthly standing orders. This form of regular contribution allows us to forward plan our projects, and will help us to build on our achievements so far and deliver the world class collection of Heritage trams that we all desire to see. A link to the BHT’s standing order forms can be found below.’

Thank you.

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GUIDED Tram Tours

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours in conjunction with Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours present GUIDED Tram Tours.  Travel the tram route between Blackpool and Fleetwood with a guide to bring the landmarks to life.

10th June, 8th July, 12th August 2017.


Easter Weekend Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours 2017

A bright and breezy Easter Monday on Blackpool Prom with 6 heritage trams running from the Pleasure Beach to Fleetwood on what is called a ‘gold’ weekend.

Blackpool Heritage Trams 631 and 701 at the North Pier/Tower stop
Centenary Tram, Blackpool Tower and Sealife.
Tram ‘Box 40’ at the Pleasure Beach loop.  Waiting to run the 11.20 to Little Bispham.
Tram 701 in front of The Big One.
Tram 715 between Central and South Pier

Blackpool’s New Buses

Investment in a big fleet of brand new Alexander Dennis Limited(ADL)  Enviro400 City buses from Scotland is well underway, with 10 buses in 2016 and 25 in 2017.  On 9th April a launch event took place when 25 newly delivered buses traveled in convoy from Starr Gate to the Tower Headland where 15 gathered for a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by Councillor Christine Wright.

That’s Lancashire TV station 7 on Freeview attended and interviewed VIPs and the public, including Jane Cole MD of Blackpool Transport, see video below:

Blackpool Transport has 140 buses, 54 are in the new Palladium livery.  By 2020 all buses are targeted to be less than 5 years old.  These new buses will be due for replacement in 2022.   The buses are diesel powered, it is possible that hybrid or electric buses will be cycled into the fleet by then.

It’s an impressive step forward for Blackpool in the image presented of the town.