Posted by: SB Websites | January 14, 2012

14/01/12 News Update

LTT Apply for Heritage Lottery Fund

The Lancastrian Transport Trust’s ambitious proposals for their Thornton Gate heritage centre is going to be visited by the Heritage Lottery Fund following application from the LTT. Although the fund is far from confirmed, this would be a major success for the trust and in the way of showcasing Blackpool’s heritage trams especially after the hefty figure of around £68,000 Blackpool Transport are demanding for the storage of trams. Other North West heritage lottery funded attractions include the Museum of Lancashire and Penrith’s Coronation Garden amongst many more.

Centenary Cars leave Rigby Road

The year 2012 is set to see yet more departures with trams moving to new homes, so far Centenary’s 641, 643 and 644 have left. The first to leave was Centenary 644 on Tuesday 10th of January which has gone to Farmer Parrs Animal World who have advertised on the tram since 2002 until its withdrawal in 2011, then 641 on the 12th which left for Kirkham Prison to join Brush cars 621 and 627, and finally 643 on the 13th which went to Broadwater Caravan Park for use as a gift shop. Below are some images of the Centenary cars in their final years of service:

644 is seen at South Pier on the 10th of July 2010, by this date the Fleetwood Market advert side of the tram had been removed, leaving 644 in a half Farmer Parrs and a half all over yellow livery.

641 is seen at Warley Road on the 7th of April 2010, and was the first of the Centenary trams to be withdrawn with its final operation in June 2011.

643 is seen at North Pier on the 6th of April 2010 in a plain all over white and black livery with Metro Coastline logos. The tram has carried this livery since 2009 after the removal of the G Casino advert.

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