Friday 30 August 2019

Northern Class 331 Launch at Blackpool

Class 331 EMU 011 on display at Blackpool North station

Northern had an official press launch for their new Class 331 EMU at Blackpool North railway station on 30th August. In the morning after the press launch 331011 made a round trip to Preston and return. The EMU was open for the public to inspect from 3.30 pm until 6.00 pm in the afternoon. The Class 331s are due to begin operating on the Blackpool North to Liverpool Lime Street service from 9th September, and will be introduced onto the Manchester route later on. The Class 331 Civity EMUs are manufactured by CAF at their Zaragoza factory in Spain.

331011 on display at Blackpool North railway station

EMUs 319367 and 331011 at Blackpool North station

A view showing the tables and seating arrangement

A view showing the doors at the driving end of the train

The location of the toilet compartment in the Class 331

A view of the driver's cab of 331011

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Merlin Entertainments advert on Flexity 001

Flexity 001 advertising the Incredible Hulk at Madame Tussauds

Flexity 001 entered service this week in one of Blackpool Transport's most colourful overall adverts yet. 001 is carrying a Merlin Entertainments advert for several of the group's local attractions, such as Blackpool Tower, the Sealife centre and Madame Tussauds waxworks. Of additional interest are the extra large fleet numbers applied to this tram, which are easily read from a great distance, although maybe black numerals should have been used on the cab side which is advertising Bar 380, as the white numbers are virtually invisible on the light background. The advert is a welcome addition to the tram fleet and is bound to become popular with the public.

Flexity 001 advertising the Sealife centre

001 advertising Mooky the clown at the Tower Circus

Flexity 001 at Cleveleys advertising various Merlin attractions

The centre section of the tram showing various attractions being advertised

Monday 26 August 2019

Ribble Running Day at Lytham Hall

1931 Ribble Leyland Lion 1161

The Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust held their annual running day and display based at Lytham Hall on August Bank Holiday Monday. A frequent free bus service was in operation throughout the day between Lytham Hall and St Annes Square via Fairhaven Lake using vintage buses. In addition to vehicles from the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust collection, there were preserved buses from other former local operators such as North Western, Lytham St Annes Corporation, Blackpool Corporation, Preston Corporation, Liverpool Corporation and Fishwick.

1936 Ribble Leyland Cheetah 1568

1934 Lytham St Annes 24, a Leyland Lion LT5A

1960 Ribble Leyland Atlantean 1686

Ribble 831, a 1980 Leyland National 2

North Western 1960 Leyland Tiger Cub 796 and 1962 Leyland Leopard 916

Fishwick 23, a 1975 Leyland Atlantean AN69

1968 Preston Corporation Leyland Panther 204

Sunday 25 August 2019

Heritage Tram Depot Open Day

Blackpool PD3 516 passing Balloon 701 as it arrives to take part in the display

On Sunday 25th August Blackpool Heritage Trams held an open day at their Rigby Road depot. Bolton 66, Jubilee 761, Coronation 341 and Brush 634 were on display on the depot fan, along with several buses. Regular guided tours of the fitting shop, body shop and electrical compound were offered throughout the day for a small extra charge. A nice touch was all the illuminated feature cars being lined up together at the front of the depot, ie the Hovertram, Western Train, Rocket, Trawler and Frigate.

The Heritage Tour trams lined up in Hopton Road before departure

Brush 631 arriving with the first depot shuttle service of the day

The illuminated feature trams lined up

A line of Balloons in the depot

Brush car 634 on display

Coronation 304 on display on the depot fan

OMO 8 stored in the depot

Saturday 24 August 2019

Trolleybus Museum 50th Anniversary

An impressive line-up of 14 trolleybuses greeted visitors on the Saturday

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft near Doncaster celebrated its 50th anniversary over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The event was a rare opportunity to see almost the complete fleet of trolleybuses on outside display. Virtually all the trolleybuses that could be moved were towed out of the sheds and either lined up for static display or used in service if they were operable. 
On the first day of the gala weekend a grand total of 17 vehicles ran on the Saturday, a first for Sandtoft, the most previously operated in one day was 16 during the 40th anniversary event. This impressive total was exceeded on the Bank Holiday Monday when a record 20 vehicles ran.

Huddersfield 631, a 1959 East Lancs bodied Sunbeam S7

London 1348, a 1939 all Leyland trolleybus

Maidstone 72, a 1947 Sunbeam with Northern Coachbuilders bodywork

Bradford 746, a 1949 Roe bodied BUT

Huddersfield 619, a 1956 East Lancs bodied BUT, at The Regal Cinema

Doncaster 375 operating a clockwise circuit

South Shields 204 and Huddersfield 541

Reading 144, a 1949 BUT with Park Royal bodywork

Manchester 1344, a 1955 BUT with Burlingham bodywork

Reading 113 departing for a run, leaving Reading 193 at the terminus

Nottingham 506, a 1950 BUT with Brush bodywork

Limoges (France) 5, a 1943 Vetra (Berliet) CB60 being rewired

South Shields 204 waiting for Bradford 792 on the turning circle

The replica 1911 Cedes-Stoll trackless trolley running on battery power

A 1981 Brown Boveri HR150G (GM T6H-5307) from Edmonton, Canada

Wellington (New Zealand) 82, a 1963 BUT with MCCW bodywork

Porto (Portugal) 140 and Liege (Belgium) 425 on static display

Reading 181 operated a one-off journey to end the days service

Sunday 4 August 2019

Blackpool Car Show

Centenary 648 and Boat 600 passing Standard 147 at North Pier

The third Blackpool Car Show was held on Sunday 4th August this year, using the headlands at the Tower and Central Pier. As well as attracting a maximum number of vehicle entrants to the show, an enhanced Heritage Tram Tour service was provided which ran between the Pleasure Beach and Bispham. The four heritage trams operating the enhanced service were Bolton 66, Standard 147, Boat 600 and Centenary 648.

Centenary 648 at the temporary heritage stop near Central Pier

Bolton 66 passing the car show

A Jeep Wrangler in the Jurassic Park film colours

A 1962 Austin Healey 3000

A 1961 Ford Consul and 1964 Wolseley Hornet

A 1962 Mercedes-Benz 220

A 1972 Citroen DS

A line-up of Audi TTs

An American Ford Mustang

A couple of customised Minis near Central Pier