Monday, 28 June 2010

Totally Transport Draws the Crowds

The sixth annual Totally Transport event took place on New South Promenade on Sunday 27th June, with glorious sunny weather helping to bring the crowds into Blackpool for this now very well established transport event. Due to the tram track works between Starr Gate and the Pleasure Beach, the event was extended to include the length of Ocean Boulevard, thus bringing the trams back into the spectacle, and Blackpool Transport assisted by operating some additional trams of interest, including Bolton 66, Standard 147, Boats 602 and 604, Brush Car 632 and open top Balloon 706 'Princess Alice'. The event included an enhanced display of cars, buses and commercials (as well as 200 visiting minis!), and also featured displays, models and exhibits within the Solaris Centre, and a good mix of stalls on the garden to the rear.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

632 returns to service

Brush Railcoach 632, acquired by the LTT in October 2009 for preservation, returned to the promenade for the first time since being mothballed at the end of 2004. Sponsored by the Tram Shop at North Pier and TRAMS magazine, 632 now looks superb with its roof advertising boxes, gill sans fleet numbers and BCT crests.

On its first day back in service 632 operated with Coronation 304 on a special timetable between Pleasure Beach and Bispham. A big thank you to Nick Meskell of Trams Magazine for making this project possible and bringing 632 back to life.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

632 to top the bill at totallyTransport

LTT's Brush car 632 is to return to use this weekend as part of totally Transport. On Saturday it will be "on tour" with Coronation 304 operating between Pleasure Beach and Bispham from 1030 to 1700.
Tickets are £10 each and available from Blackpool Tram Shop at North Pier. See for more details.

The on Sunday totallyTransport takes place. Around 400 vehicles are booked in, including classic cars, buses. Over 150 of the iconic mini will arrive around lunch time at the end of a road run from across the North. Stalls and models will be at the Solaris centre; the vehicle displays from Pleasure Beach to Starr Gate along New South Promenade. Seafront 12 bus service will run from Lytham Square to Pleasure Beach every 20 minutes during the afternoon with vintage trams in use from Pleasure Beach to North Pier including 632, Boat 602, Standard 147, Coronation 660 and Bolton 66. All subject to availability of course.

Monday, 7 June 2010

703 Farewell

Today saw the farewell trip for 703 - a round trip to Bispham and Pleasure Beach for photographers. Unfortunately it was not possible to carry passengers but Classic Bus North West open top Bristol VR 1995 shadowed the car and a handful of photo stops were made. The car now carries its Shop at Binns adverts and will be moving to its new home at Beamish Museum later this month.