Tuesday 28 December 2021

Balloon 700 on FTS Christmas Tour

700 exiting the turning circle at Little Bispham on the FTS Christmas Tour
Balloon 700 finally made its debut on a tram tour on 28th December, after having been repainted into wartime green and cream livery back in September. 
700 was being used on a private hire for the 2021 Christmas Tour of the Fylde Tramway Society, which operated over the whole tramway. Balloon 700 is part of the 'B' fleet, and as such still retains its widened platforms, new doors and fibreglass skirts, having lost its lifeguards and steel bumpers when converted to a 'B' fleet tram for use on the newly upgraded tramway. 700 had been due to make its debut into heritage service in wartime livery on Sunday 26th September, and was expected with great anticipation, sadly a door fault prevented 700 from operating in service during the Heritage Tram Tours Blackpool Tramway 136th Anniversary weekend.

700 about to enter the turning circle at Little Bispham
Balloon 700 on the turning circle at Little Bispham
700 northbound at Rossall on its way to Fleetwood

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