Friday 6 April 2012

Heritage Tram Tours begin

Bolton 66 and Standard 147 pass at Cavendish Road on the Heritage Tram Tour service 
Heritage tour stop at North Pier

Good Friday marked the first day of operation of the new Heritage Tram Tour, which is providing a half hourly service between the Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham, Standard 147 and Bolton 66 being the trams used initially. Passenger loadings in the morning seemed very light, and the driver of Bolton 66 in particular looked to be extremely cold. Due to the heavy cloud and cold wind, 66 and 147 were replaced by Frigate 736 and Trawler 737 in the afternoon, although what the public would make of illuminated trams running a supposed heritage service is anybody's guess, as neither 736 nor 737 could hardly be classed as heritage trams.
Bolton 66 at the Heritage Tour stop at Bispham, with a driver who looks like he'd rather be on an enclosed car
Standard 147 arriving at Bispham station on the Heritage Tram Tour

Heritage Tram Tour poster

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