Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Lytham Hall Running Day

Brush bodied Leyland Cheetah LZ2 No. 1568, new to Ribble Motors in 1936 and completely restored in 2013
The highlight of the local transport events on the Fylde Coast on August Bank Holiday Monday was undoubtedly the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust's annual running day at Lytham Hall. This was the second year that this event has been held, and it gives a unique opportunity to photograph and ride a large selection of preserved buses from a variety of local operators. A regular free bus service was operated all day between Lytham Hall, Lytham town centre and Fairhaven Lake. As well as a large selection of buses from the Ribble group's own collection, there were preserved buses that formerly operated with Lytham St. Annes Corporation, Blackpool Corporation and Fishwick's of Leyland to be seen and sampled. This rally is quickly becoming an event not to be missed for local transport enthusiasts, and as well as seeing the buses around the very picturesque setting of the grade 1 listed Lytham Hall and its grounds, many of them were also in use on the frequent circular bus service that ran throughout the day.

From L to R, 1954 Leyland Tiger Cub, 1965 Leyland Leopard and 1961 Leopard with Harrington Cavalier coach body
1934 Lytham Leyland Lion LT5A No. 24, this bus had been exported to Canada but was repatriated and fully restored
A 1958 Leyland Titan PD2 with lowbridge Weymann bodywork, new to local operator Fishwick's of Leyland
Former Blackpool 512, a 1967 Leyland Titan PD3 in front of Lytham Hall and about to take part in the running day
Ribble 1939 Leyland Titan TD5 No. 2057, this bus was rebodied with Alexander bodywork in 1949
Leyland Lion 1161, the oldest restored bus in the RVPT's collection, new to Ribble Motors in 1931
Former Lytham St. Annes Corporation No. 10, a 1948 Leyland Titan PD2/1 with Leyland bodywork

Monday, 31 August 2015

August Bank Holiday Monday

Railcoach 680 heading north towards Bispham at Coral Island on its second day of use on Heritage Tour service
August Bank Holiday Monday saw the gold timetable in use again, with Box 40, Twin Set 272+T2, Brush Car 631, Railcoach 680, 706 Princess Alice and Balloon 717 operating on the Heritage Tour service. Fat door Balloon 711 was used in normal passenger service again on specials.

Balloon 717 waiting at the southbound Heritage Tour stop at North Pier while Fleetwood bound Flexity 016 passes by
Brush Car 631 heading north past Central Pier on a Heritage Tour run to Little Bispham
Twin Set 272+T2 and Box Car 40 taking a break on the outer loop at the Pleasure Beach
Box Car 40 southbound at Coral Island
Open-top Balloon 706 Princess Alice approaching the Pleasure Beach on a morning Heritage Tour service
Balloon 711 heading south at the Pleasure Beach on a special to Starr Gate

Sunday, 30 August 2015

August Bank Holiday Sunday

Railcoach 680 on its first day of operation in Heritage Tour service, heading south at North Pier

The second day of the August Bank Holiday weekend saw the gold heritage timetable in use, with Bolton 66, Twin Set 272+T2, Boat 600, Centenary 642, Railcoach 680 and Balloons 701 & 715 operating. Railcoach 680 was making its debut in Heritage Tour service at Blackpool, having only arrived on loan from the Heaton Park Tramway just over a week ago on 21st August. Centenary 642 was an extra untimetabled heritage car, in use due to spare crew being available. Fat door Balloon 711 was in use on specials again, and Boat 230 had to substitute for Boat 600 during the day, the latter was suffering from problems with its trolley pole.

Balloon 715 arriving at the Pleasure Beach with a good passenger load on Heritage Tour service
Southbound Boat 600, seen from Fleetwood bound Centenary 642 at North Pier
Bolton 66 waiting for its departure time at North Pier on an early morning Heritage Tour working
Railcoach 680 departing the Pleasure Beach for the Cabin passes Boat 230 taking a crew break on the outer loop
Twin Set 272+T2 at North Pier on a Heritage Tour working to the Cabin
Balloon 701 heading north to Fleetwood passes Balloon 715 parked on the centre track at Bispham
Centenary 642 was in use as an extra heritage car during the day due to a spare driver being available
Balloon 711 was being used in normal passenger service on specials, seen here bound for Cleveleys at Central Pier

Saturday, 29 August 2015

August Bank Holiday Saturday

Boat 227 heading south at Norbreck on Heritage Tour service
The first day of the August Bank Holiday weekend saw the green heritage timetable in use, with Boats 227 and 230, Twin Set 272+T2 and Balloon 701 operating the service. Fat door Balloons 700 and 711 were also noted out and about, working on specials.

Boat 230 approaching the southbound Heritage Tour stop at the Cabin
Twin Set 272+T2 pausing to pick up passengers at North Pier
Balloon 701 northbound at the Cabin
Balloon 700 was noted working on specials, seen here passing southbound Flexity 007 at the Cabin

Friday, 21 August 2015

680 back in Blackpool

Calkeld Heavy Haulage's low loader shortly after arriving in Blundell Street while transporting 680 from Heaton Park
Railcoach 680 arrived in Blackpool on loan from the Heaton Park Tramway on 21st August. 680 has been repainted back into the 1990s green and cream fleet livery by the specialist contract company Heritage Painting in the Middleton Road tram depot at Heaton Park, the work having only just been completed two days prior to the move! 680 has returned in time to take part in the 130th anniversary celebrations of the Blackpool Tramway in September.

Railcoach 680 still tied down on the low loader trailer after the tractor unit has been uncoupled
680's trolley tower being lifted off the trailer with a fork lift truck from Rigby Road depot
Railcoach 680 being winched off the low loader trailer of Calkeld Heavy Haulage in Blundell Street
Railcoach 680 touching down again on Blackpool rails as it is winched off the low loader trailer
Unimog 939 towing Railcoach 680 along Blundell Steet towards the tram depot
Unimog 939 pushing 680 into the electrical compound so that it can be reunited with its trolley tower

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Tigerrific Bus

Former Blackpool Corporation Leyland Titan 516 making its debut on the service 21 Zoo bus at Stanley Park
The ex Blackpool Corporation Leyland PD3 No 516 (HFR 516E) belonging to Catch22Bus Ltd has made its first run in stage carriage service, making its passenger carrying debut on Service 21 on 19th August. PD3 516 is also carrying colourful new "Tigerrific" themed adverts for the heritage bus service that runs to Stanley Park and the Zoo.

Ex Blackpool Corporation Leyland PD3 516 making its way along Mere Road towards Stanley Park
Ex Blackpool PD3 516 on East Park Drive returning from the Zoo, passing by the boating lake in Stanley Park

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Routemaster on Service 21

RML 887 southbound on East Park Drive on it's way back from the Zoo, passing the boating lake in Stanley Park
Routemaster RML 887 was in use on Catch22Bus Ltd's service 21 between Blackpool Tower and the Zoo on 18th August. RML 887 is carrying new side adverts for the Apadmi Summer Roadshow.

RML 887 heading towards Blackpool Zoo along Hornby Road