Sunday 17 July 2022

Tram Sunday returns

Balloon 700 at Ash Street with Boat 227 leaving on a Mini Tour to Thornton Gate
After an absence of two years due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Fleetwood Festival (I hesitate to use the word Transport) has returned for 2022. Due to a pre-existing commitment, I was only able to visit Fleetwood during the final hour as the festival was winding down and the vehicles were beginning to leave. Over the years Fleetwood Festival of Transport (or Tram Sunday) has become increasingly less of a transport event and more of a general town carnival, in particular the number of visiting preserved commercial vehicles has been dwindling for some time. This year Balloon 723 and the Trawler were on display in Pharos Street, with 707 being stabled at the Ash Street end of Lord Street. Preserved Blackpool Leyland PD3 501 was parked with the two trams in Pharos Street, and Queen's Platinum Jubilee liveried BTS Enviro 422 was on display in North Albert Street. There were various opportunities to ride on the heritage trams from Ash Street, with Boat 227 providing mini tours to Thornton Gate, and Balloons 700 and 717 operating a shuttle service to North Pier in Blackpool.

Balloon 723 and the Trawler on display in Pharos Street

Balloon 700 loading at Ash Street with 707 and Flexity 009 in the background
Balloon 707 at Ash Street with a sales stand in front of it
Queen's Platinum Jubilee ADL Enviro 422 on display in North Albert Street
Flexity 016 changing direction at the temporary northern terminus at Ash Street
Preserved Blackpool Leyland PD3 501 on display in Pharos Street

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