Sunday, 9 June 2019

2019 Cleveleys Car Show

A 1955 Ford Thunderbird on display with other cars on Cleveleys sea front 

The 2019 Cleveleys Car Show was held on Sunday 9th June. This annual event attracts a wide variety of cars of all types, the entrants are displayed along the Promenade and down Victoria Road West and some adjacent side streets. The show involves closing the main road through Cleveleys town centre preventing access to the bus station, bus services are diverted to terminate at existing stops around Victoria Square.

A 1994 Dodge Viper with a huge 8 Litre V10 engine

A 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood used locally as a wedding car

A 1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four

A classic Ford T Bucket hot rod

An American 2005 Ford Mustang

A locally built TVR Cerbera, made just down the coast in Blackpool

A 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray on Victoria Road West

A 1961 Ford Consul and 1964 Wolseley Hornet on the sea wall

A 2003 Ford Excursion stretched limo down one of the side streets

A recently restored 1949 Ford Pickup originally from California

A group of AC Cobra replicas parked around the old shelter at Cleveleys

A 1977 Mini with a cut down and shortened Mini

A 1994 Toyota Supra parked on Cleveleys sea wall

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Ribble Centenary Rally

A variety of preserved Ribble buses on display at the Globe Arena in Morecambe

Ribble Motor Services was established in June 1919, and to commemorate the centenary of the company the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust held an event at the Globe Arena in Morecambe (home of the local football club). A wide selection of preserved Ribble buses and coaches from around the country were on display, along with vehicles from bus companies that used to operate joint services with Ribble. A number of free vintage bus services were in operation during the day to various local destinations.

Ribble 1161, a 1931 Leyland Lion, currently the oldest restored bus in the RVPT's collection

Ribble 1568, a 1936 Leyland Cheetah LZ2 with a Brush coach body

A rare 1929 Vulcan Duchess of Dallam Motors, who were taken over by Ribble in 1950

Ribble 1248, a 1950 Leyland PD2/3 White Lady with East Lancashire bodywork

Ribble 1036, a 1961 Leyland Leopard with a Harrington Cavalier body

Ribble 1729, a 1961 Leyland Titan PD3/5 with a Metro-Cammell body

Ribble 1274, a 1962 Leyland Atlantean White Lady with Weymann bodywork

Ribble 665, a 1966 short Leyland Leopard with Marshall bodywork

Ribble 1686, a 1960 Leyland Atlantean PDR1 with a Metro-Cammell body

Ribble 1481, a 1980 Leyland Atlantean AN68 with ECW bodywork

Ribble 1995, a 1972 Bristol VR converted to open top after being sold to Eastern Counties

Rawtenstall 18, a 1953 Leyland PD2/12 now painted in the livery of Scout Motor Services

Standerwick 60, a 1970 Bristol VRLL with ECW coach bodywork

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Heritage Transport Tour

Standard 147 and Atlantean 864 running in parallel at Fleetwood Ferry

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours began a new venture on the afternoon of Saturday 25th May. Standard 147 and 364 Blackpool's last Atlantean (now 864) ran a trip to Fleetwood and back called "The Transport Tour", starting from North Pier at 15:00. Participants on this new tour could opt to ride on either the tram or the bus, and swap vehicles at Fleetwood for the return journey if they so desired.

Atlantean 864 arriving in Fleetwood along North Albert Street

Atlantean 864 and ADL Enviro 404 at the Bold Street terminus

Atlantean 864 and Standard 147 at Bold Street in Fleetwood

Spring Bank Holiday Heritage

Balloon 715 arriving at the Pleasure Beach loop

The first day of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend saw the debut of 1970s liveried Balloon 715 in normal Heritage Tour service. The Saturday morning output comprised of Balloons 701, 715, 717, 723 and 711 as the shop, along with Boat 600 and Railcoach 680. Balloon 717 was replaced by Boat 227 in the afternoon, also Standard 147 was noted out and about on a private hire.

Balloon 715 on the first service of the day to Fleetwood

Balloon 717 at the Pleasure Beach heritage stop

Balloon 723 with its new advert for Tram Sunday

Standard 147 passing the Pleasure Beach on a private hire

Balloon 711 arriving at the Pleasure beach to operate a service to North Pier

Boat 600 entering the loop at the Pleasure Beach

Balloon 701 at the Pleasure Beach arriving to operate a Fleetwood tour

Friday, 24 May 2019

715 back to the 70s

Balloon 715 at Pharos Street in Fleetwood on the Ghost Tram service

Balloon 715 debuted in service today after its partial repaint and new adverts to give it a 1970s look. 715 operated the evening Ghost Tram tour from North Pier at 19:30. The tram ran through to Fleetwood where it passed Balloon 717 parked on the ferry loop working the Fish and Chip special.

Balloon 715 turning from North Albert Street into Bold Street in Fleetwood

715 passing 717 parked up on the ferry loop on the Fish and Chip special

Class 37s at Blackpool North

DRS 37402 with Northern EMU 319446 and new CAF Civity DMU 195103

Two Direct Rail Services Class 37s visited Blackpool North Railway Station today on a Network Rail test train. The train was parked up alongside platform 2 for several hours, with DRS 37423 at the seaward end of the train and 37402 "Stephen Middlemore" at the other end.

37402 "Stephen Middlemore" on the Network Rail test train at Blackpool North

Friday, 3 May 2019

Rail Grinder in Action

The rail grinder slowly making its way north near Norbreck

The Luddeneit und Scherf LRGM 1-6/AM65 rail grinder was in action again tonight, grinding the southbound track between Bispham and Little Bispham. These photos were taken while the rail grinder was approaching the Norbreck tram stop.

The rail grinder approaching the Norbreck tram stop

The rail grinder heading north at the Norbreck tram stop