Sunday, 19 February 2023

Balloon 713 Pictorial

Balloon 713 in Metro Coastlines livery, northbound at the Tower in April 2008

713 was the last Balloon to be completely rebuilt, prior to 720 which received widened platforms (but has seen little use) and 717 which was a heritage rebuild. The four preceding heavily rebuilt Balloons had all been completed with rather unflattering flat front ends, thus eliminating all vestiges of their streamlining. 713 was like a breath of fresh air when it emerged, comprising a fully rebuilt body that still retained the classic 1930s streamlined appearance. The tram has received several colour schemes over the years, including a few iterations that were mostly white.

713 in normal passenger service at Foxhall Square, on a special to the Cabin on 26th May 2013
713 on driver training at Anchorsholme in April 2006, carrying advertising for Asda
713 wore this very short lived advert during the Conservative Party Conference at Blackpool in autumn 2007
713 stripped of its advertising vinyls, in Heritage Tour service at Fleetwood on 19th February
713 in heritage service at the Tower, with flat fronted rebuild 718 on 26th August 2017
713 on North Albert Street in Fleetwood in heritage service on 19th February
713 on Lord Street in Fleetwood with BTS Enviro 232 on route 74 to Preston on 19th February

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