Posted by: SB Websites | June 18, 2013

18/06/13 News Update

Flexity 002 Returns

After a long absence from passenger service having never settled into regular service, 002 can now be seen as a regular member of the fleet in service. After returning from Germany in November 2012 002 was generally the first choice training car and until May was still rare to see working passenger service. This now means that for the first time all 16 of the fleet are available for service, although 007 was involved in an accident on Tuesday 11th June at Rossall Square with a car jumping a red light so will be out of service until repair work can be carried out.

002

002 is seen at Central Pier on the 11th June 2013, where it should hopefully continue to be a regular sight along the promenade.

627 Recieves Graffiti

Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust owned Brush Car 627 is currently in the process of being repainted out of its Diamond Jubilee livery and into a controversial graffiti style livery that is unlikely to please enthusiasts. Though it could be seen the Jubilee livery was becoming increasingly worse for wear and the trams condition also appearing to deteriorate, the livery chosen for the tram is one that is certainly different to anything else which has been seen on a Blackpool tram and has been designed by street artist Inkie. The livery currently features a gold base coat and a blue haired woman on one side while the other side awaits its repaint.

LTT Trams to Return to the Promenade

In a very unexpected and welcome move, 9 of the Lancastrian Transport Trust trams will be moved back to Rigby Road to expand Blackpool Transport’s present heritage fleet. This move will see the creation of a new charitable trust managed by Blackpool Transport but will be supported by representatives from both sides. This exciting development will see cars 8, 143, 279, 304, 624, 632, 704, 715 and 732  all return to Rigby Road in the near future, of which 8 and 304 have already returned after a lengthy period of outdoor storage.  Out of the trams included in the deal, some trams will be able to operate sooner than others with 8 only requiring minor attention having only being used for a few days in 2010 after restoration. 304 is also a candidate for use having last ran at Beamish during November 2012. 632 and 715 are also intact so should both run once again in the near future, although have suffered some smashed windows during their time in open air storage at Marton. Equally exciting longer term proposals are for the restorations of 143 and 279 to be finished while the famous Rocket 732 is also to be fully restored and returned to service. This move shows there is a lot developments to come that should please enthusiasts, along with Blackpool Transports present projects with 648 due to enter service soon having been repainted into green and cream.

304

Having arrived back earlier in the day, Coronation 304 is seen on the 11th June 2013 having been offloaded and moved alongside Western Train 733+734.

Crown Carveries Flexity Advert

The latest advert to be applied to a Flexity 2 is for Crown Carveries which has been applied to 010, replacing the 6 month out of date Christmas Pantomime advert. The new design has been applied in the same style as all previous adverts with a strip above the windows and the lower panel in the centre car.

Heritage Tram Services

It is pleasing to report that the patronage for the 2013 heritage service is considerably higher than last year, with many full journeys compared to the light loads that were carried the previous season. The next day heritage trams will be in operation is for Totally Transport on the 23rd June which will see a total of 4 trams in service (2 in the morning, 2 in the afternoon) working journeys between Pleasure Beach and North Pier. This will then be followed by the operation of 2 trams (expected to be Boat’s 230 + 600 weather permitting) on the 21st July for the annual Fleetwood Tram Sunday.

631 Enters Service, 602 to Return

Brush 631 became the latest tram to enter the ever growing heritage fleet, entering service on the 4th May having been repainted into 1970’s livery but with cream around the cab windscreens. The tram also had traditional light clusters fitted along with swing over seats, giving it a much more authentic feel to its previous season in its expired Walls Ice Cream advert. After 648, the next tram to be reactivated is 602 which is to be repainted into a red and cream version of 1930’s livery providing a fleet of 3 Boat Trams each carrying a different livery.  It is also looking likely that Centenary 642 will be kept as a second operational Centenary car rather than originally being suspected to be used as a source of spare parts for 648.

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