Thursday, 30 August 2012

The last day of Heritage Tours

Blackpool's oldest and newest operational trams, Bolton 66 and Flexity 016, pass each other at the Pleasure Beach
Thursday 30th August marked the end of the daytime Heritage Tour operation for this year. Fittingly Bolton 66, which was built by the Electric Railway and Tramway Carriage Company at Preston in 1901, was selected to inaugurate the service for the day, being the oldest operational tram in Blackpool. Balloon 717 was the other tram that brought the daytime heritage service to an end.
From 1st September to 4th November, Tours of the Illuminations will operate during the evenings from the Pleasure Beach only (ie the intermediate stops will not be used for picking up).
Evening heritage trams were originally due to begin operating on 31st August starting at 17:00, this service would replace the daytime Heritage Tour. Whether the evening heritage service transpires or not is probably down to staff availability, only time will tell.

Balloon 717 heads north past Queen's Diamond Jubilee car 627 at the Pleasure Beach

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