Sunday 21 July 2019

Tram Sunday

Lowbridge Leyland Atlantean 1805, new to Ribble in 1962, near Asda in Fleetwood

The annual Fleetwood Transport Festival was held this year on Sunday 21st July, the event being more commonly known as Tram Sunday. As well as the usual enhanced tram output from Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, the Fylde Transport Trust ran a free heritage bus service between Freeport and Rossall Point, using four preserved buses from their collection.

Balloon 717 on Heritage Tram Tours at Ash Street in Fleetwood

Blackpool PD3 No 529 passing BTS Enviro 441 on Line 14 near Freeport

Blackpool AEC Swift 570 awaiting passengers at Freeport

Blackpool PD3 No 516 on Dock Street in Fleetwood

Brush 621 and Railcoach 680 on display in Pharos Street

Blackpool Leyland PD3 No 501 on display in Pharos Street

Sunday 7 July 2019

21st Leyland Society Gathering

Mike Sutcliffe's immaculate 1934 Todmorden Tiger TS6 with a Northern Counties body

The Leyland Society held their 21st annual Gathering at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland on Sunday 7th July. Around 50 commercial vehicles took part in the rally, mainly comprising Leyland trucks and buses, along with a few representative vehicles from Leyland Group manufacurers.

Southport 12, a 1950 Tiger PS2, with Lytham St Annes Lion 24 & Titan 10

Burnley Colne & Nelson 37, a 1953 Leyland Tiger PS2/14

Lytham St Annes 24, a 1934 Leyland Lion LT5A

A 1960 North Western Willowbrook bodied Leyland Tiger Cub

A 1922 Leyland flat bed lorry

A Leyland Lioness which was built in 1927 for King George V

Potteries Motor Traction L9766, a 1959 Atlantean PDR1 with Weymann bodywork

A 1933 Leyland Beaver in the colours of William Bowker

A line-up of preserved Leyland buses

Lytham St Annes 10, a 1948 Leyland PD2/1 with Leyland bodywork

A 1960 Leyland Octopus from the William Hunter collection

The first Leyland Comet built (in 1948), in the livery of Orient Coaches

1978 Leyland Lynx EYB 680T with an articulated tipping trailer

Ribble 1036, a 1961 Leyland Leopard with a Harrington Cavalier body

Tuesday 2 July 2019

Ex BTS Trident debuts with Catch22Bus

Trident E20 BTS in Cleveleys heading for St Annes on the Coastliner 21 service

Former Blackpool Dennis Trident 353 (E20 BTS) is running back in its home town again in the striking colours of Catch22Bus Ltd. E20 BTS was originally owned by Bus Vannin on the Isle of Man before coming to the Fylde Coast to be part of Blackpool Transport's fleet. The Trident made its service debut with Catch22Bus on the Coastliner 21 service on Tuesday 2nd July.

E20 BTS crossing the tram tracks at Victoria Square in Cleveleys

E20 BTS at Central Pier in Blackpool on the service 21 to St Annes