Thursday, 13 December 2018

Talbot Square Junction

New rail being laid for the northbound junction at Talbot Square


The North Station tramway extension contractors have been busy laying the track work for the junction with the Promenade at Talbot Square this week. The curved sections of rail that join to the existing Promenade line points are being welded in place first, this will allow the contractors to adjust the remaining sections of curved rail so that they align correctly with the newly laid pointwork in the centre of Talbot Square.

New track in place for the southbound junction at Talbot Square


A view showing the general track layout at the junction with the Promenade


New curved rail being thermite welded to the existing Promenade points

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Coronation 304 out on Test

Coronation 304 crossing over at Foxhall Square on its first run


Coronation 304 made a couple of test runs on the Promenade this afternoon. The Fylde Transport Trust owned tram was having its Vambac control and 24 volt inverter charging systems tested following the fitting of new batteries. 304 made two round trips between Foxhall Square and the Pleasure Beach before returning to Rigby Road depot after a successful outing. This is the first occasion that 304 has been out on the Promenade since 2016.

Coronation 304 passing Flexity 006 at Foxhall


304 heading north at the Pleasure Beach on its first run of the afternoon


304 heading south past a Flexity at Manchester Square


304 heading north at Manchester Square on its last run


304 crossing the Promenade at Manchester Square


304 passing Enviro 441 on Lytham Road as the tram returns to the depot

Friday, 7 December 2018

Bloodhound SSC at Blackpool in 2010

The Bloodhound SSC mock-up on display at Squires Gate in 2010


With today's sad news that the Bloodhound SSC supersonic car project has finally been axed, it's time to look back at some photos of the Bloodhound mock-up that visited Blackpool back in 2010. The mock-up of the Bloodhound SSC was on public display at Blackpool Airport at Squires Gate on 3rd September 2010, during a UK fund raising tour to try and raise public awareness for the project and generate sponsorship. The project went into administration in October this year, still some £25 million short of the amount needed to make an attempt on the 1,000 mph land speed record. See www.bloodhoundssc.com for more info while the website is still active.

A rear view of the Bloodhound SSC mock-up at Squires Gate


A head on view of the mock-up
Bloodhound SSC at Squires Gate