Sunday, 5 April 2015

Wot, no Tower?

Box 40 with something large missing from the photo, the Tower was completely obscured by sea mist most of the day
The Easter weekend has so far been one of contrasts each day in Blackpool weather-wise, on Friday it poured down with rain all day, Saturday was a day of blue skies and glorious sunshine, Easter Sunday saw the Fylde coastline blanketed with a heavy sea mist all day, despite it being lovely and warm with blue skies in Preston only 20 miles away! Surprisingly given the dismal weather, one of the trams that emerged was Boat Car 227, although this stayed in service for less than half the day and was later swapped for Balloon 717. The rest of the varied tram output included open-top Balloon 706 Princess Alice, Standard 147, Box Car 40, fat door Balloon 711 and Centenary Car 648. The gold timetable that was in operation saw six Heritage Tram round trips being made to Fleetwood Ferry during the day, the first timetabled heritage working of the year to Fleetwood was handled by Standard 147, with the last trip of the day to the fishing port being undertaken by 706 Princess Alice.

Boat 227 leaving Rigby Road depot to enter heritage service, although the tram was swapped for 717 later in the day
Standard 147 had the honour of operating the first timetabled heritage service to Fleetwood of 2015
Box Car 40 at Cleveleys, heading north towards Fleetwood on a gold heritage timetabled service
Centenary Car 648 approaching the Heritage Tram stop at Bispham tram station
Balloon 717 and Standard 147 pass each other at the Tower
Box 40 heading south (with Fleetwood still showing on the blind) passing northbound Balloon 711 at Bispham
Balloon 706 rounded off the day's proceedings with a round trip to Fleetwood Ferry and return from Blackpool

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