Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Brush 631 on Driver Training

Brush Car 631 heading south on driver training duties at Thornton Gate on 18th November

In scenes more reminiscent of the days of traditional tramcar operation, a Brush Car has been seen running with training vehicle 'L' plates on for the first two days of this week. On Monday November 17th, Brush Car 631 from the heritage fleet was noted out on the tramway wearing 'L' plates, and the following day 631 was again seen on driver training duties. Note, the photo of 625 below illustrates how the bumpers have been fitted in the incorrect position on 631 during its restoration, they are too far inboard and should have been positioned further back around the sides of the cab.

Brush Car 625 on driver training at the same location but 11 years earlier, on 11th April 2003

Brush Car 636 northbound at the Cabin on driver training duties in May 2003

Friday, 14 November 2014

Brush Car 631 on Private Hire

Brush Car 631 at North Pier while being used for filming on November 13th, with Flexity 006 passing by southbound
Brush Car 631 was noted in use on a private hire on the Promenade on Thursday 13th November. A film crew were planning to capture the tram passing the Tower.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Jail Break for Fleetwood Trams

Calkeld Heavy Haulage manoeuvring Centenary Car 641 around at tight corner as they leave Kirkham Prison
The Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust had been given notice that the remaining trams that they had stored at Kirkham Prison in Lancashire needed to be removed from the premises. Beginning on Monday 10th November the trams began to be transported away to other storage facilities. Twin Set motor car 673 and Centenary 641 were both moved to the groups open compound within the private port complex at Fleetwood Fish Dock. The two trams would then be reunited with the other FHLT trams, Balloons 710 & 726, Railcoach 678, Twin Set trailer 683 and Centenary 643. All the photos used in this report are by kind courtesy of Colin Macleod and the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust.

Centenary Car 641 all loaded up on the trailer of Calkeld Heavy Haulage and ready to depart Kirkham Prison
Centenary Car 641 after it had been unloaded at Fleetwood Fish Dock, the tram being reunited with sister car 643
Twin Set motor car 673 being loaded onto the trailer of Calkeld Heavy Haulage at Kirkham Prison
Twin Set motor car 673 safely stowed on the low loader trailer of Calkeld Heavy Haulage at Kirkham Prison
Twin Set motor car 673 on the back of the low loader of Calkeld Heavy Haulage, ready to depart Kirkham Prison

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Brush Car 621 bound for Beamish

Brush Car 621 on the M55 slip road at Kirkham bound for Beamish on 11th November (courtesy of James Millington)


As part of the reappraisal of their assets, the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust have agreed to allow a consortium of like minded tram enthusiasts to purchase Brush Car 621 from them, the tram will in turn be joining the ranks of preserved trams at The Living Museum of the North at Beamish in the North East of England. This move confirms the long term security of 621, with the transfer to Beamish ensuring that the tram will have a long future in preservation, operating on their tramway that runs around the museum. 621 left its temporary home at Kirkham Prison in Lancashire on the morning of 11th November and headed for the North East. Brush 621 will initially go into storage when it arrives at Beamish, and will take a back seat behind other projects that are currently in the pipeline for the next 12 to 18 months. Current thinking is that 621 will be restored into the 1950s style of green and cream livery when it eventually reaches the top of the restoration queue.

Brush 621 southbound at Victoria Street in 2003, before it was withdrawn and put into storage the following year


Brush 621 being pushed onto Scotts low loader by Engineering Car 754 in Dec 2011, leaving Blackpool rails for good


Brush Car 621 departing Blackpool for pastures new at Kirkham Prison on 15th December 2011


Brush Car 621 entering Kirkham Prison in December 2011 where it was to remain a captive for the next 3 years

Volvo decker makes its debut on Catch 22

Former London United Volvo W139EON making its debut on Oakwood Travel's Catch 22 service on 11th November
Former London United Volvo B7TL W139 EON (ex VA103) made its debut on Oakwood Travel's Catch 22 service between Mereside and Cleveleys today. 139 is fitted with two door Alexander ALX400 bodywork, the original plan was to convert the bus to single door configuration before it entered service, but the conversion will now take place in 2015 instead along with a fresh repaint. The bus entered service still wearing its London United livery, but with new Catch22 logos applied.

Ex London United Volvo W139EON arriving in the centre of Cleveleys on Oakwood Travel's Catch 22 service

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Six to Grange Park

Ex Stagecoach Dennis Dart X617 JCS on the Plymouth Road roundabout in Layton heading for Grange Park
Oakwood Travel's new bus route from Blackpool town centre to the Grange Park Estate via Layton began operating on Monday 3rd November. The service is operated by three buses which maintain a 15 minute frequency on the route. Here are a selection of photos taken around Layton and Grange Park on November 5th.

Ex Metroline of London Dennis Dart T143 AUA on Poulton Road in Layton heading for Blackpool town centre
Ex Stagecoach London Dennis Dart V163 MVX on the Plymouth Rd roundabout in Layton heading for Grange Park
Ex Metroline of London Dennis Dart T143 AUA entering the Grange Park Estate along Chepstow Road
Ex Metroline of London Dennis Dart T143 AUA on Gateside Drive next to Grange Park
Ex Stagecoach Dennis Dart X617 JCS on Dinmore Avenue on the Grange Park Estate
Ex Stagecoach London Dennis Dart V163 MVX on Poulton Road in Layton heading for Blackpool town centre

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

British Legion adverts on Blackpool Buses

BTS Trident 301 at Cleveleys Bus Station on Route 9 to Blackpool carrying a new overall advert for the British Legion
Blackpool Transport Dennis Trident 301 and Volvo B7RLE 524 have both received topical new overall adverts for The Royal British Legion's poppy appeal.

Blackpool Volvo B7RLE No 524 at Manchester Square on Route 11 to Lytham with a new British Legion overall advert