Monday 25 June 2018

New ADL Enviro 200s enter service

236 climbing out of Gynn Square up Dickson Road on service 4 to Mereside

Blackpool Transport's new fleet of eighteen ADL Enviro 200 9.7m single deck buses began operation today. The 34 seat Enviro 200s entered service on routes 3 & 4 between Cleveleys and Blackpool Mereside, replacing the Optare Solos which had formerly operated on these routes. The new Enviro 200s carry BTS's Palladium branding, wearing the same grey and pale yellow livery that is already in use on the double deck Enviro 400s. The new ADL Enviro 200 buses carry fleet numbers 221 to 238.

225 turning round at Cleveleys before heading back south on route 4 to Mereside

221 on Warbreck Hill Road in Blackpool on route 4 to Cleveleys

226 on Rossall Road in Cleveleys on route 3 to Mereside

224 on a service 4 from Mereside at Victoria Square in Cleveleys

A rear view of 225 at Cleveleys on route 4 to Mereside

Sunday 24 June 2018

Heritage Gold 24th June

Balloon 717 and a horse drawn Cinderella carriage at Manchester Square

The weekend of 23rd and 24th June saw the annual Totally Models event taking place at Rigby Road tram depot, to coincide with this event a Heritage Gold timetable was in operation on the Promenade, with an extra heritage stop being located just north of the Manchester Square LRT platforms. The heritage trams in operation on the Sunday were Balloons 700, 715, 717, 718 & 723, Standard 147 and Bolton 66. Balloon 715 was in use on a Bispham to Hopton Road shuttle service, providing transport to the Totally Models event.

Balloon 715 turning from Lytham Road into Hopton Road on the shuttle service

Standard 147 passing the points for Lytham Road at Manchester Square

Balloon 723 passing through Cleveleys on its way to Fleetwood

Balloon 718 at Manchester Square bound for the Pleasure Beach

Bolton 66 southbound at Manchester Square

Balloon 700 in heritage tour service at North Pier

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Virgin Pendolinos reach Blackpool

Pendolino 390011 at Blackpool North on the 13:02 service to London Euston on 12th June

Monday 21st May was the first day of electric train services on the newly upgraded and electrified Preston to Blackpool North line. As well as local electric trains a regular Virgin Pendolino service commenced operation between London Euston and Blackpool North on the same day. The following photos were all taken on Tuesday 12th June.

A Virgin Pendolino passing through Poulton-le-Fylde on its way to Blackpool North

Pendolino 390012 passing through Poulton on the 10:53 from Blackpool North to London Euston

Virgin Pendolino 390011 at Blackpool on the 11:56 arrival from London Euston

Pendolino 390011 on Platform 1 at Blackpool North after arriving from Euston