Saturday 23 September 2023

September Heritage Trams

Bolton 66 was the last heritage tram of the day to Fleetwood, seen here passing the Pharos Lighthouse
The September heritage tram weekend took place on the 23rd and 24th of the month. The scheduled output for Saturday was Railcoach 680, Balloon 718, Boat 600, Bolton 66 and Boat 227. The day started out dull with occasional spells of sunshine in the afternoon. The weather on Sunday was lousy for photography, being mostly miserable and wet, so all the photos shown here were taken on the Saturday.

Railcoach 680 at Bispham, with a BTS ADL Enviro400 City passing by
Boat 277 at Bispham, heading north to turn around at Little Bispham
Boat 600 approaching Bispham tram station
Balloon 718 pausing at Bispham on its way north to Fleetwood
Railcoach 680, Balloon 718 & Boat 600 meet at Bispham tram station

Sunday 3 September 2023

2023 Bus Driver of the Year Final

First Eastern Counties Scania N250UD ADL Enviro400 City 36918 at Gynn Square
The National Final of the 55th Bus Driver of the Year competition took place in Blackpool on Sunday 3rd September. Bus drivers from all around the country compete to be the top driver, and this year saw 12 buses being used, with 10 of them travelling from various parts of the UK to take part in the event. The competition commences from the seaward side of the Metropole Hotel, before proceeding along Middle Walk where a series of tests are set out for the drivers. The buses then navigate the roundabout at Gynn Square before returning south down the Promenade, where drivers are allowed to pick up and set down passengers at temporary bus stops positioned along the route. The winner of the 2023 Bus Driver of the Year competition was Lee Grantham from National Express, based at Acocks Green depot in Birmingham.

First Potteries low height Wright Streetdeck 35944, leaving the Metropole Hotel heading for Middle Walk
Stagecoach Manchester ADL Enviro400 MMC 11719 passing the Spitfires at Gynn Square roundabout
Lothian Buses Volvo B5TL Wright Gemini 3 445 leaving Middle Walk at Gynn Square
National Express West Midlands ADL Enviro400 MMC 7541
Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire open top Volvo B5TL Wright Gemini 3 13804
Go North West Volvo B5LH MCV EvoSeti 3061
McGill's Mercedes-Benz Citaro 0295 G3340 leaving Middle Walk at Gynn Square
Blackpool Transport ADL Enviro400 City 411 taking part in the event at Gynn Square roundabout
Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire ADL Enviro400 MMC 11637, based at Preston
McGill's 3359, a Mercedes-Benz Citaro 0295 heading south on the Promenade
Blackpool Transport ADL Enviro400 City 450 at Gynn Square, one of the early runners in the event
This tiny Subaru Sambar (with a VW body kit) could be a contender for the smallest bus at the event