LTT to keep trams at Rigby Road
With the recent problems faced by the Lancastrian Transport Trust about their collection having to leave Rigby Road depot, an agreement may now have been made that will at least make the future of the trams secure. Blackpool Transport have agreed to allow the trams to be stored at the depot for a further year, but is rumoured that a £100 fee per tram per week is to be inforced which will undoubtably drain the finance currently held by the LTT. After this year, the current plan is to have the trams on public view at a new Thornton Gate transport heritage centre.
632 is seen at North Pier on the 26th of September 2010, this is one of the trams enmarked for the Thornton Gate heritage centre.
708 Leaves Blackpool
Just meeting Blackpool Transports deadline of all trams being removed from the depot by November is Balloon 708 which left for temporary storage in Bolton. In the future it will hopefully be used on the Heaton Park Tramway when the new depot is complete, while Brush 623 has now arrived at Heaton Park from storage and will be used on the tramway next year. Also moving was Heaton Parks second Balloon car (702) which has had to vacate the closed Museum of Museums and is now in temporary storage at the East Lancs Railway in Bury along with Railgrinder 752, which will both also see use on the tramway once the new depot has been completed.
Third Flexity Arrives
Flexity 005 arrived at Blackpool on the morning of the 9th of December, making this the third tram to arrive at Blackpool. It is now looking increasingly unlikely that there may not be all 16 prepared for service when the tramway reopens in Easter due to the current rate of delivery, and winter weather approaching which will further delay the deliveries.
005 is seen unloading on the 9th of December. Photos Thanks to David Allen.
Tram Swaps between Merseyside and LTT
An unexpected change of ownership has recently took place between LTT’s Brush 637 and Trailer 687 which are now under the ownership of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society and in exchange is towing car 671. This unfortunately means that the chance of seeing a twin set in Birkenhead has now gone, although the MTPS will remain owners of Trailer 681 so will mak the journey to go on static display while 671 will also go on display if the LTT’s Thornton Gate tramway museum goes ahead.
671+681 is seen at Rigby Road depot on the 26th of September 2010, the set was briefly returned to service to help with busy nights on the 2010 illuminations.
602 to Return to Service
The second Boat car has now been confirmed as staying in Blackpool in the form of 602, which will undergo minor refurbishment before returning to service in Summer 2012 with its last use being in November 2010. A deal with the George Formby Society will see the tram being named “Georgy Formby OBE” and an initial date of June the 9th has been set for a launch ceremony at North Pier.