Friday, 11 November 2016

Lest We Forget

Flexity 013 passing the Cenotaph shortly after the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month
Blackpool Transport played their part this year in remembering the fallen members of our armed forces by displaying large poppies on the front of many of its trams and buses.

Enviro 401 on Talbot Road wearing its Remembrance Day poppy
All-over advertising Trident 330 with its Remembrance Day poppy in Bank Hey Street
Optare Solo 258 showing off its Remembrance Day poppy in Cleveleys

Flexity 002 wearing its Remembrance Day poppy in Cleveleys

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Volvo 524 Pictorial

Volvo 524 on Kelso Avenue in Cleveleys on the service 7 to Lytham
Volvo B7RLE 524 was repainted in September into a 1990s style green and cream heritage livery to celebrate 30 years of Blackpool Transport Services. Here are a few sunny shots of the vehicle taken since it entered service.

Volvo 524 at Talbot Square in Blackpool on service 7 to Cleveleys

Volvo 524 heading for Cleveleys along Abingdon Street in Blackpool town centre

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Trident 332 goes Green and Cream

Dennis Trident 332 westbound on Church Street on the service 2C from Knott End
Further to the repainting last month of Volvo 524 in a heritage green and cream livery, Dennis Trident 332 has also now been treated to the Blackpool Transport Services 30th Anniversary colour scheme, and very smart it looks too. 332 entered passenger service on Saturday 22nd October in its new livery, working on route 2C between Blackpool and Knott End.

Trident 332 approaching Blackpool Victoria Hospital along Whinney Heys Road
A rear three-quarter view of Trident 332 turning from Whinpark Avenue onto East Park Drive

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Trawler in all its glory

Trawler 737 loading up with tour passengers on the Pleasure Beach loop
Refurbished Trawler 737 has finally entered service on Illumination Tours, two weeks before the Illuminations are due to finish. With the teething problems hopefully out of the way, 737 made its return to passenger service by operating the 7pm tour from the Pleasure Beach on 21st October.

737 displaying a scrolling advertising message from the trams sponsors
Trawler 737 arriving at the Pleasure Beach to take its place on Illuminations Tour duty
737 showing a flame type pattern scrolling along the side of the tram
737 demonstrating floating balloon type patterns
737 about to leave on its first tour of the illuminations since the LED lighting was fixed
737 heading north from the Pleasure Beach on the 1900 illuminations tour

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Extant Excel

Excel 225 on Poulton Road in Layton, on the service 11 from Grange Park to Lytham on 19th October
After a false last day of operation for the Optare Excels, back in spring 2015, Blackpool Transport are finally down to their last remaining example in passenger service, well over a year after the supposed Excel swansong in May 2015. Optare Excel 225 (T935 EAN) was part of a batch of vehicles purchased from Reading Buses in 2008, and is now the last of its type in operation. 225 was noted in use on service 11 between Grange Park and Lytham on 19th October.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

New Trident in Catch22 service

Former Stagecoach London 10.5m Trident LX03 BVJ in Cleveleys on Service 21 to St Annes
Former Stagecoach London 10.5m Trident 17773 (LX03 BVJ) entered service on the Catch22Bus Coastliner 21 service today. This bus is similar, but longer, to ex Stagecoach London 9.9m Trident 17506 (LX51 FNJ), that entered service with Catch22 in August 2015.

A rear view of former Stagecoach London Trident LX03 BVJ at Anchorsholme
Frack Free 9.9m Dennis Trident LX51 FNJ on service 21 to Blackpool Zoo on 14th July

Friday, 7 October 2016

Illuminated Trawler relaunched

Trawler 737 on the loop track at Fleetwood Ferry
The illuminated Trawler was relaunched on Thursday 6th October at a private event for the sponsors of the tram's refurbishment. 737 took the party to Fleetwood where they decamped at the Heritage Tour stop in Bold Street to have lunch at the North Euston Hotel. The Trawler was stabled on the loop line at Fleetwood Ferry while the guests dined out. The following day on the Friday, 737 was launched to the public with two special tours to Fleetwood at 1700 and 2030. Unfortunately gremlins seemed to have got into the wiring since the previous day, and the main LED lighting wasn't working.

Testing the lights on 737 before leaving the depot with the private party onboard
Trawler 737 crossing the Promenade at Manchester Square with the sponsor's guests onboard
A side view of Trawler 737 stabled on the loop track at Fleetwood Ferry