Sunday 27 February 2022

Trams terminating at Fisherman's Walk

Balloon 717 arriving at Fisherman's Walk, with Flexity 009 waiting to depart for Starr Gate
All Fleetwood bound trams are currently terminating at Fisherman's Walk at the south end of Lord Street, due to ongoing gas main work further along the line. Here are a few photos of Balloon 717 on the morning Coastal Tour to Fleetwood on Sunday 27th February.

Balloon 717 using the crossover at Ash Street
Flexity 013 and Balloon 717 at the tram stop at Fisherman's Walk
Balloon 717 on its Coastal Tour layover break at Ash Street
Flexity 012 arriving at the temporary northern terminus at Ash Street

A profile view of Balloon 717 and Flexity 012 at Ash Street
A full length side view of Flexity 012 alongside Balloon 717 at Ash Street
Balloon 717 passing Fleetwood fire station on its way back to Blackpool

Friday 25 February 2022

Colas Rail HSTs visit Blackpool

The Network Rail Track Inspection train at Layton Station with Colas HST 43251 at the rear
A Network Rail Track Inspection train visited Blackpool North railway station on Friday 25th February. The inspection train was top and tailed by Colas Rail HST power cars 43251 & 43257, and left Blackpool North as 179Q bound for the Derby Railway Technical Centre at 1411.

Colas Rail HST 43257 powering the inspection train through Layton Station
Colas Rail HST 43257 at the head of the inspection train at Blackpool North

Saturday 19 February 2022

February Heritage Weekend

Balloon 715 heading south near the Imperial Hotel
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours held a Vintage Weekend on February 19th & 20th. Saturday morning saw a snow blizzard for a short while, permitting shots of trams in the snow, however the snow soon thawed and by the afternoon glorious blue skies were the order of the day. Green and cream trams dominated the days output, and as the weather on Sunday was dull, wet and very windy, all the shots here were taken on the Saturday.

Brush Car 621 passing the Cliffs Hotel at North Shore
Centenary 648 southbound near the Imperial Hotel
Brush 631 passing the Cherry Blossom Hotel at Warley Road
Balloon 715 at Little Bispham heading north to Thornton Gate
Balloon 718 at the Imperial Hotel on a heritage tour to Fleetwood
Balloon 717 at Little Bispham with snow still lying on the grass
Balloon 715 at West Drive in Cleveleys, returning to North Pier
Just for comparison, Balloon 715 in Cleveleys several hours earlier in driving snow!

Cleveleys Winter Wonderland

Balloon 715 at Cleveleys, heading back to Blackpool from Thornton Gate
The Fylde Coast was hit by snow on Saturday 19th February, even more unusually the snow actually stuck for a while. Here are a few shots of trams passing through Cleveleys on Saturday morning before the snow thawed.

Flexity 017 southbound in Cleveleys
Centenary 648 on a Heritage Tour to Fisherman's Walk in Fleetwood

Flexity 005 heading north at West Drive in Cleveleys