These cars were single-deckers and purchased at a cost of £2,000 (equivalent to £121,390 in 2019), by Blackpool Corporation Tramways. Although a success and big crowd-movers, no more were built either brand new or rebuilt from the Balloon cars. The Western Train Locomotive (733) was rebuilt from English Electric Railcoach car 209 in 1962 and the Western Train Carriage (734) was rebuilt from Pantograph car 174 in 1962. It has been in the Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society collection in the United States since 1964. File:061104 Blackpool Centenary 644 at night 2.jpg; File:061104 Blackpool Centenary 644 at night.jpg; The former Twin Set towing cars 678–680 (278–280) were converted back to single trams with cabs at both ends.  The tramcars returned to service during the 2009 Illuminations Switch-On. The fleet of heritage trams are used most weekends throughout the year; at any one time, some are operational and some are awaiting overhaul, repair or restoration. Deemed a success, English Electric Railcoach cars 272–274 and 277–281 were rebuilt as towing cars between 1958 and 1962, while 275 had its electrical equipment reinstalled. 6 (formerly Fleetwood Crossbench No. 753 (formerly No. The inauguration was presided over by Holroyd Smith, the inventor of the system and Alderman Harwood, the Mayor of Manchester. 641 was built with a unique roof advert box. The worldwide launch of the tram, including showing the first new tram occurred on the 8th September 2011 at the new Starr Gate depot in Blackpool. Car 601 (226) was the first to be preserved and has been at the Western Railway Museum, Suisun City, California, United States, since 1971, renumbered back to its original pre-1968 number as 226. In January 2007, No. In 1976, No. 12) from 1937 to 1942, Fleetwood Crossbench car No. The Blackpool Tramway officially opened on 29 September 1885 with an initial fleet of 10 trams. 7. In August 2013, 602 returned to service repainted in a fictitious style of Blackpool Corporation red and cream livery and was renumbered back to its original pre-1968 fleet number as 227. The centenary cars are single deck trams with flat ends and doors at the front and centre giving them a more bus-like appearance. Centenary Car 641 is being given a makeover in 2015 to celebrate Blackpool Football Club’s longevity since 1887 - almost as long a history as the town’s electric trams (since 1885) The Centenary Class were the very last all British tram design and represent the end of a century of tram construction in the northwest of England. The position of the doors means that they can be operated by just a driver, as opposed to having a crew of two or three on board.  The retained Centenaries unfortunately suffer from electrical issues, with 642 failing on the first day of its re-entry into service, although it has operated successfully since. 651 was then renumbered to 648 . 5 is stored at the National Tramway Museum's off-site facility awaiting restoration, No. 114, earlier No. A number of them have since been rebuilt in various conditions to modernise and improve the usefulness of the cars, with 700, 707, 709, 711, 713, 718, 719, 720 and 724 added to the 'B' fleet. Centenary**: These tours on our booking pages show generic information about single deckers. In addition to the various Blackpool Tramway fleet trams that have operated in Blackpool, trams representing other tramways have been added to the fleet, used on loan or stored for other organisations over many years. 2:09. With the introduction of the Flexity 2 trams in 2012, the Western Train (733+734), the Frigate (736) and the Trawler (737) were retained as part of the heritage fleet. Most trams use pantograph current collection, but a few retain trolley poles. 611 left Blackpool in the same year and has since been rebuilt. 645 was stored at Windy Harbour Holiday Park in Singleton near Blackpool, but moved back to Rigby Road depot to join the heritage fleet in July 2017. 611 prior to being rebuilt as OMO car No. Unfortunately, 646 was vandalised whilst on stored in the car park at Paul Gaunt Furnishings with a number of windows being smashed and there was an attempt by the same vandals to set the tram on fire. The eventual plan is that the tram will be restored to operational condition as open topper Paisley 16, although it remains a long-term project. No. 129 (originally No. These trams were built in the early 1970's from 1930's built railcoaches and the underframes were starting to droop badly. Blackpool Balloon Tram N Gauge 628 was renumbered 751 and then 260. Some of these trams would return to Blackpool for further loan periods. The two trams became Birkenhead 69 and 70, following on from the original sixty-eight Birkenhead electric trams. 622 was given to Anchorsholme Primary School for use as a static classroom. stuartph > Blackpool Trams > Centenary 642 @ Pleasure Beach. These cars are known as boats due to their ship-like streamlined appearance and are one of the most iconic Blackpool trams. 616 was the first to be rebuilt as an OMO car in 1972, becoming No. It returned to Blackpool for the 100th and 125th anniversary celebrations in 1985 and 2010, in 1998 for the 100th anniversary of the Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramroad and for a short loan during Summer 2014. 618 was rebuilt in 1968 with tapered cab-ends, increasing its capacity from 48 to 56. They were originally numbered 35–37 in the Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramroad fleet, before being renumbered 123–125 after purchase by Blackpool Corporation Transport in 1920. 9 and 10 were built by Lancaster with open sides and 28 seats in a crossbench seating arrangement. The Lancaster Palace cars were four trams built by Lancaster between 1894 and 1896. 673+683 were preserved by the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust. 643, which had been withdrawn just a few weeks before was hastily reactivated using parts from 645 and the tram had one last outing in service. travelcard advert on sides, 90's Green and Cream on ends, Being converted for use by a school in the Midlands, has retained original fronts. 754 (formerly No. Several passenger trams of various classes which had been withdrawn from service were reused as works cars. They were numbered 10–21. Trams can also be seen in different variations of the traditional green and cream Blackpool Transport livery, and in a variety of all-over adverts. 170 formed the basis for the illuminated Frigate (renumbered 736) in 1965 and still resembled a Pantograph car from the back end, until it was rebuilt again in 2004, altering its appearance and removing the last remnants of its Pantograph car shape. 1970s style illuminated roof advert boxes were fabricated by the BusWorks - recreating another lost aspect of Blackpool's tramway history. 144 is in near original condition with open balconies on the upper deck and is enclosed on the lower deck. They were designed for interurban use and have an American style appearance with 48 seats. The ends of these cars were heavily redesigned to resemble the then contemporary Coronation cars. 143, Toastrack car No. Central Library . Prior to being rebuilt as the OMO cars, the last 11 cars remaining in their original form, as well as Nos. 165 and 166 were converted between 1951 and 1953 for use on television filming assignments on the tramway. 608–610, 612–617 and 619–620, as well as No. The locomotive did not receive a fleet number in the Blackpool tramcar fleet, but it is known by its works number as 717. 1 was renumbered No. Nos. 618 (271) rebuilt in 1968 with tapered cab-ends and the last 11 surviving cars as well as Nos. The Hovertram was purchased in 2017 and joined the heritage collection in Blackpool. and London Transport Underground cars, having "Metalastik" rubber/metal bonded springs. Independent Transport Videos are proud to present seven short films made by the renowned transport photographer, Malcolm King, during the centenary celebrations for Blackpool trams in 1985. 750 from 1907 and the Crab from 2012, which is a battery powered vehicle used to shunt the Flexity 2 trams at Starr Gate Depot (its full identity being Crab 1500 E). Numbered 651, it had been tested sporadically on the Blackpool tramway in service conditions, but with the trials now over it was re-equipped as per 641-647 and took the next number in sequence, 648. The electric works locomotive was built in 1927 by English Electric to a steeplecab design, for use in hauling coal wagons from a railway siding behind Copse Road Depot in Fleetwood to Thornton Gate sidings. The design was unique to the Blackpool Tramway, with double staircases fitted at each end to access the upper decks whilst the driving compartments and access to the lower decks were in between the staircases. No. The De-Luxe cars were seven trams built in 1911. After being safely delivered by W & J Riding Blackpool Centenary tram car No 641 is pictured here on the 27th of October 1984 shortly after entering service with Blackpool Corporation. The trams were named Centenary Cars as the first tram, numbered 641 arrived and entered service in 1985 which was the tramway's centenary. SPEDIZIONE GRATUITA su ordini idonei The prolific coverage given to Blackpool's trams make it easy to collate visual records through most of the tramway years however the bus system which was inaugurated in 1921 with a single route and two vehicles has fared less well in photographic coverage. The Blackpool tramway runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire, England and is the only surviving first-generation tramway in the United Kingdom (UK).1 The tramway dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world. 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