SCT '61 Photo Index
Blackpool Corporation
Tram & Bus Fleet List

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1.
Another view of Blackpool Transport Rigby Road Depot where some of the cars not in service are stored
Photo taken Sunday 26 September 2010, Open Day, Rigby Road Tram Depot
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A view of Blackpool Transport Rigby Road Depot soon to be closed when tram Operations are moved to the new Depot at Starr Gate ready for the arrival of the new super trams
Photo taken Sunday 26 September 2010, Open Day, Rigby Road Tram Depot
3.
Forty years of electric traction was celebrated at the Beamish Open Air Museum over the weekend. Seen in the depot is Blackpool 31, a bogie open top tram dating from 1901. It was originally a four wheeler but was lengthened and fitted with bogies in 1918 as a prelude to the building of the Blackpool standard cars in the twenties.
Photo taken Sunday 7 April 2013, Beamish Open Air Museum Depot
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Blackpool and Fleetwood car 40 of 1914. This is similar to cars used on the Isle of Man Electric Railway
Photo taken July 2004, Fleetwood
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Blackpool "Marton Box" car 31 (on loan from Beamish) is seen on a positioning run in preparation for the tramway's 125th Anniversary parade from Pleasure Beach to Bispham.
Photo taken Wednesday 29 September 2010, North Pier, Blackpool
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Blackpool Standard 147 is seen being presented to delegates from the Institute of Transport during a visit to the tramway. It had just been withdrawn, and the following year was exported to the now-closed Trolleyville Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
Photo taken 1966, Rigby Road Depot
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Blackpool 753 was an Engineering Car which started life as Standard 143 in 1924 with open vestibules and balconies.
Photo taken Sunday 30 June 1974, Rigby Road depot, Blackpool
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Blackpool “Standard” 147 was built by Hurst Nelson in 1924, originally with open balconies and vestibules.
Photo taken Friday 28 October 2005, South Pier, Blackpool
9.
Blackpool car 40 of 1926 was one of the last open balcony cars built for Blackpool. It is seen wearing its original red livery and is sentering the depot at Crich.
Photo taken Saturday 29 August 1987, at Crich Tramway Museum
10.
Toastrack trams were very popular in seaside resorts as sightseeing cars. Blackpoool 166 dates from 1927 and is seen at the fiftieth anniversary parade at Crich Tramway Museum
Photo taken Sunday 24 May 2009, at Crich Tramway Museum
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Blackpool 167 was one of the "pantograph cars " of 1928, traditional looking single deck cars. 167 is now part of the Tramway Museum Society collection.
Photo taken 1994, Crich Tramway Museum
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Blackpool 172 one of the 1928 English Electric clerestory cars used on the Blackpool and Fleetwood tramroad service whose destination North Station Blackpool is displayed. One of the traditional circular tram stops can be seen as can one of the relatively new Coronation cars behind.
Photo taken late 1950's, Fleetwood Ferry Terminus
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Blackpool 170 "Pantograph Car" of 1928. This tram became a works car in 1962.
Photo taken 1959, Rigby Road Tram Depot, Blackpool
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Blackpool 167 waits to pick up passengers at the Beamish Open Air Museum. The tram was built by Brush in 1928 and was designed by Walter Luff the well known Blackpool general manager.
Photo taken Saturday 5 April 2014, Beamish Open Air Museum
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Blackpool 174 known as a "Pantograph Car", built in 1928/29.
Photo taken 1959, Little Bispham
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Blackpool 167, a 1928 single deck car built by on Brush and currently on loan from Crich picks up at the tram waiting room in the Edwardian town at Beamish Open Air Museum. The vintage single deck bus in the distance is actually a modern replica complete with wheelchair lift!
Photo taken Saturday 5 April 2014, Beamish Open Air Museum
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Blackpool 168 at North Station loading for Fleetwood.
Photo taken Thursday 2 June 1955, North Station, Dickson Road, Blackpool
18.
At the Fleetwood terminus of the Blackpool system is 175, one of the only class of Blackpool trams which I ever found to be of interest apart from the old standard doubledeck cars.
Photo taken Monday 23 August 1954, Fleetwood Ferry Terminus
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Pantograph Car 167 Owned by The Tramway Museum Society Crich
Photo taken Sunday 26 September 2010, Open Day, Rigby Road Tram Depot
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Blackpool "Balloon" 241 stands next to the first "Coronation" car 304 at Fleetwood terminus.
Photo taken 1966, Fleetwood Ferry Terminus
21.
Unidentified Blackpool single-deck car
Photo taken Monday 3 August 1964, Blackpool
22.
Blackpool tram 49
Photo taken at Crich Tramway Museum
23.
Blackpool 215 was an English Electric built railcar seating 48 and was seen at Squires Gate.
Photo taken Saturday 2 May 1959, Squires Gate, Lytham St. Annes
24.
Former Blackpool "balloon" car 703 is now on long term loan to the Beamish Museum It has been repainted into Sunderland livery and numbered 101 although such a tram never existed in the Sunderland fleet. However a number of similar trams were operated in Sunderland. The car dates from 1934
Photo taken Sunday 7 April 2013, at Beamish Open Air Museum
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Blackpool Balloon car 244, new in 1934, still in service renumbered as 707
Photo taken October 1967, Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool
26.
When Blackpool manager Walter Luff upgraded the tram fleet in the nineteen thirties, among the designs was an open top single deck tram for summer use. Originally called Luxury Toastracks, they quickly became known as boats for obvious reasons. The original car 233 entered service in 1934 and was finally withdrawn in 2004.
Photo taken Sunday 7 April 2013, at Beamish Open Air Museum
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Blackpool English Electric "Balloon" 256 en route for Squires Gate. Built in 1934/5 with 84 seats in the body by English Electric.
Photo taken c. 1958, Lytham Road, Blackpool
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Blackpool trams Balloon Car 711 and single decker 627. 711 is an English Electric balloon car new in October 1934 and still in the operational fleet while 627 is a 1937 Brush railcoach, reinstated for one day only in 2009 to become the "last tram from Fleetwood Ferry" (before the street section is completely rebuilt in readiness for new articulated low floor trams in 2012)
Photo taken Saturday 15 October 1977, Bispham
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Blackpool "Balloon" 259 (renumbered 722 in 1968). This English Electric tram dated from 1935 and was scrapped in 2009.
Photo taken Sunday 2 April 1967, Promenade/Wilton Parade, Blackpool
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Blackpool 615, seen passing Gynn Square on its way south to Starr Gate, had an English Electric 48-seat centre entrance body.
Photo taken Sunday 16 April 1972, Gynn Square, Blackpool
31.
Blackpool Railcoach 271 was built in 1935 by English Electric. It was renumbered 618 in 1968 and rebuilt as the last of the OMO cars (13) in 1976, and was the first to be scrapped in 1984.
Photo taken Saturday 1 June 1963, Fleetwood Ferry Terminus
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Blackpool 275 (now 675) started life in 1935 as an English Electric railcoach. In 1958 it was rebuilt as a trailer to run behind similarly rebuilt but motorised 276. This became the prototype "Progress Twin Car".
Photo taken Saturday 1 June 1963, South Promenade, Blackpool
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Blackpool 296 waits at Fleetwood terminus on a frosty day.
Photo taken later December 1965, Fleetwood Terminus
34.
Blackpool single deck car 280 which dates from 1935 and was rebuilt in 1960 although the centre entrance was retained.
Photo taken Saturday 5 April 2014, Beamish Open Air Museum
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Blackpool tram 717, the last weekend of traditional trams.
Photo taken Saturday 5 November 2011, Central Pier, Blackpool
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Blackpool Railcoach 271 was built in 1935 by English Electric. It was later renumbered 618, then became OMO tram 13 which was the last to be converted in 1976, but the first to be scrapped, in 1984.
Photo taken Saturday 1 June 1963, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
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Blackpool Balloon car 252
Photo taken Monday 3 August 1964, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
38.
Blackpool 275 - 276, the first trailer tram introduced in 1958.
Photo taken 1959, Little Bispham
39.
Blackpool car 267, new in 1935
Photo taken October 1967, outside Blundell St. Depot, Blackpool
40.
Blackpool tram 230
Photo taken Saturday 25 May 2013, North Pier, Blackpool
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Blackpool Balloon car 249, new in 1935. Later renumbered as 712.
Photo taken October 1967, Outside Blundell St. Depot, Blackpool
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An unidentified Blackpool English Electric Rail Coach just leaving Uncle Toms Cabin on its way to Squires Gate
Photo taken July 1962, Queens Promenade, Blackpool
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Blackpool tram 724, an English Electric balloon car new in 1935 and still in the
Photo taken Saturday 15 October 1977, Promenade/New Bonny Street, Blackpool
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Blackpool Balloon car 251, new in 1935, still in service as 714
Photo taken October 1967, Talbot Square, Blackpool
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Blackpool car 265, new in 1935
Photo taken October 1967, Outside Blundell St. Depot, Blackpool
46. FV9044
FV9044 is a Preserved ex Blackpool Corporation 1937 Leyland TS7 which was converted to an engineers tender. Originally No 7 carried a Burlingham FB34C body.
Photo taken Sunday 29 July 2007, at Marine Parade, Worthing
47. BFR380
Unfortunately not much background surrounds this picture of Blackpool transport's number 15, BFR380, a 1940 Leyland Tiger TS8 with Burlingham FB34F bodywork. This vehicle lasted until 1961 before becoming a mobile publicity unit.
Photo taken late 1950's, Adelaide Street, Blackpool
48. FV9043
Blackpool 6, FV9043, a Burlingham FB34C bodied Leyland TS7 waits on service 19 between Marks & Spencers store and the Queens’ Theatre where Joan Regan, Ken Platt and The Three Monarchs are appearing.
Photo taken Monday 2 May 1955, Bank Hey Street, Blackpool
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Blackpool tram 600, the last weekend of traditional trams.
Photo taken Saturday 5 November 2011, Central Pier, Blackpool
50.
Blackpool tram 297(?)
Photo taken December 1965, Fleetwood Ferry Terminus
51.
Blackpool balloon car 701 at Fleetwood
Photo taken July 2004, Fleetwood
52.
What's left of Blackpool Brush Car 624 at the back of Rigby Road Depot. Its last job was towing the trailer that carried the lengths of rail to where they were to be laid.
Photo taken Sunday 26 September 2010, Open Day, Rigby Road Tram Depot
53. EFV280
Blackpool Corporation Transport Department 280, EFV280, one of a hundred similar vehicles delivered in 1949 (201-50) and 1950 (251-300). The chassis were Leyland PD2/3 and the bodies were constructed by Burlingham with the first 50 being FH54C and the latter 50 including 280 being FH52C.
Photo taken Saturday 13 August 1960, Cookson Street, Blackpool
54. EFV300
Blackpool had other attractions.! Here is EFV300 which should be "300" according to BBF No.6, yet it has fleet number 298 above the offside headlamp. No disguising the 1950 Burlingham bodied Leyland PD2/5, however, in its later role as a permanent way store/bothy and seen here at Little Bispham, Blackpool
Photo taken Thursday 27 March 1975, near Little Bispham turning circle
55. EFV282
Blackpool 282, EFV282, a Leyland PD2/5 with Burlingham FH29/23CD body, new in February 1951.
Photo taken 1965, Queen's Terrace, near Fleetwood Ferry Terminus
56. EFV297
Blackpool Corporation Transport 297 and 287 (EFV297 and EFV287) both Leyland PD2/5s with unusual full-fronted, centre-entrance Burlingham FH29/23C bodies built in 1951.
Photo taken 1966, Rigby Road Tram Depot, Blackpool
57. EFV300
Blackpool buses were often overshadowed by its tram fleet. However the well known pre-war manager Walter Luff also designed some interesting buses for the undertaking. Eary post war deliveries included a batch of Leyland Titan PD2/5 with Burlingham full front centre entrace bodywork that closely resembled the pre-war double deck balloon trams. 300, EFV300, dates from 1951.
Photo taken 1981, Harrogate
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Blackpool Tram 306, a Coronation Car of 1952 with a 56 seat body by Charles Roberts
Photo taken 1959, near Central Station, Blackpool
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Blackpool tram 313, a Coronation car of 1952/3 with a 56 seat body by Charles Roberts
Photo taken 1959, Manchester Square, Blackpool
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Blackpool 315 (latterly 651) was one of the twenty-five Roberts-bodied "Coronation" cars of 1953. They were fitted with the infamously unreliable and expensive Vambac control system - replaced with conventional equipment in the late 1960s.
Photo taken Saturday 1 June 1963, South Promenade, Blackpool
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Blackpool Coronation Car 304 on display at the Blackpool Transport open day
Photo taken Sunday 26 September 2010, Open Day, Rigby Road tram depot
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Lancastrian Transport Trust's Blackpool Brush Railcoach 632, in its traditional livery, is a reminder of the heyday of Blackpool's tramway in the 1950s. It is seen here on the last day of traditional tramway operation on the truncated service from Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham.
Photo taken Sunday 6 November 2011, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
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Blackpool tram 606 was one of the stars at the Glasgow Garden Festival and is heading east towards one of the entrances. The west bound track is behind the "pyramids". The only thing recognisable today is the river Clyde as both banks have been redeveloped with BBC Scotland HQ standing where 606 was running.
Photo taken Sunday 5 June 1988, Glasgow Garden Festival
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Blackpool tram 328
Photo taken December 1965, Fleetwood Ferry Terminus
65. LFV309
Lytham St. Annes Corporation 74, LFV309, a Leyland Titan PD2/21 with Metro Cammell full-fronted highbridge body, which had been new to neighbouring Blackpool Corporation as its 309. The bus passed to the Corporation's successor Fylde Borough Transport when it was converted to a training bus and renumbered T74. Featuring the four-bay version of the Orion body, and rather long looking upper deck rear side windows.
Photo taken Spring 1971, St Annes Square, Lytham
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Blackpool car 647 just about to head of back to Starr Gate from a very snowy Bispham.
Photo taken Sunday 12 March 2006, Bispham Station
67.
Blackpool 762 stands in Blundell Street with Nancy 610 Renault PER180 trolleybus.
Photo taken November 1983, Blundell Street Depot
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Blackpool tram 762
Photo taken Saturday 25 September 1982, Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool
69. YFR352
Blackpool 352, YFR352, a 1962 Leyland Titan PD3/1 with MCW full fronted bodywork.
Photo taken August 1973, Blackpool
70. 371DFR
The interior of the upper saloon of Blackpool 371, 371DFR, numerically the first of Blackpool's last batch of full-front double-deckers. Features of note are the full-length translucent ceiling and the decorative Alhambrinal panelling on the ceiling. These may well have been the last buses built with this feature - they were certainly the last for Blackpool.
Photo taken Wednesday 19 March 1980, Rigby Road depot yard, Blackpool
71. 371DFR
A detail shot of the twin mirror arrangement used on Blackpool's PD3s, in this case on PD3A/1 371, 371DFR. I felt this would be of interest following the discussion on the interior view of 390, but have only just realised I took it!
Photo taken Wednesday 19 March 1980
72. 376DFR
The last few full-front buses with Blackpool just managed to see in the 'eighties. They were all from the 371-380 batch which were the only PD3As in the fleet with this style of bodywork, which didn't sit very well on the St. Helen's front. In January 1980 376, 376DFR, is serving as a shelter at Cabin, which was the end of a section of tramway reduced to single line for winter relaying.
Photo taken Wednesday 30 January 1980, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Queen's Promenade, Blackpool
73. 377DFR
Blackpool Corporation 377, 377DFR a 1964 Leyland PD3A/1/Metro-Cammell FH41/30R, on loan to Warrington.
Photo taken Saturday 22 July 1978, Merrick Close Terminus, Greenwood Crescent, near Padgate, Warrington
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Blackpool Tramways conductor punching the timecard at Fleetwood terminus.
Photo taken late December 1965, Fleetwood Terminus
75. CFR582C
Blackpool 382, CFR582C, a Leyland Titan PD3A/1 with Metro-Cammell 71 seat body on a very cold Easter on town service 23. Not many visitors about that day! The livery at this time was all over cream.
Photo taken Thursday 27 March 1975, North Pier, Blackpool
76. CFR585C
Blackpool 385, CFR585C, a 1965 Leyland Titan PD3A/1 with MCW bodywork awaits departure from Blackpool bus station. This batch of Titans were the first half cab double deckers delivered to Blackpool since pre-war days.
Photo taken August 1973, Blackpool
77. CFR590C
Blackpool's PD3s seemed well-finished inside and were enhanced by a translucent roof. Seen here is 390, CFR590C, a 1965 Leyland PD3A/1/Metro-Cammell H41/30R.
Photo taken Monday 31 May 1982, Somewhere in the Cleveleys area
78. CFR590C
In the paint shop on 1st February 1982 is Blackpool 390, CFR590C. Blackpool's PD3s became quite famous in their later years in a green and cream livery and it may be surprising to realise that this first repaint into anything other than all over cream was as late as 1982.
Photo taken Monday 1 February 1982, Blackpool
79. CFR595C
Redcar Marines Juvenile Jazz Band CFR595C, a Leyland Titan PD3A/1 built in 1965 with Metro-Cammell H41/30R bodywork. This had been new as Blackpool 395 and was still working beside the sea in Redcar.
Photo taken August 1979, Warrenby, Redcar
80. CFR596C
Blackpool Corporation 396, CFR596C, a Leyland Titan PD3 with Metro Cammell H41/30R body.
Photo taken Monday 1 September 1980, North Park Drive entrance to Stanley Park, Blackpool
81. HFR301E
Three Blackpool Leyland PD3s, from left to right 501, HFR501E, 529, LFR529F, and 390, CFR590C. Note the three different colour schemes
Photo taken Sunday 26 September 2010, Open Day, Rigby Road Tram Depot
82. HFR501E
Blackpool 501, HFR501E, a 1967 Leyland Titan PD3A with MCW H41/30R bodywork.
Photo taken Friday 25 May 2012, at Crich Tramway Museum
83. HFR501E
Rear view of Blackpool 501, HFR501E, a 1967 Leyland Titan PD3A with MCW H40/31R bodywork.
Photo taken Friday 25 May 2012, at Crich Tramway Museum
84. HFR501E
Blackpool bought Leyland Titans for many years Seen here is 501, HFR501E, a 1967 Leyland Titan PD3A/1 with MCW bodywork.
Photo taken Sunday 4 April 2010, at Kirkby Stephen
85. HFR503E
Three Blackpool Corporation Leyland Titans. To the fore is 503, HFR503E, a PD3A/1 with Metro-Cammell H41/30R body, new in 1967; in the background 245, DFV145, a PD2/5 with Burlingham FH31/23C body, new in 1949 with a similar unidentified one behind. Parked late in a March afternoon as the gloom was setting in.
Photo taken Sunday 31 March 1968, Depot Yard, Rigby Road Tram Depot
86. HFR506E
Two rather sad looking Leyland PD3s at the back of Blackpool's Rigby Road Depot The yellow one in the foreground carries two fleet numbers 506 and 257 - neither bus had reg plates. They are former Blackpool 506 & 507, HFR506E & HFR507E respectively.
Photo taken Sunday 26 September 2010, Open Day, Rigby Road Tram Depot, Blackpool
87. HFR512E
HFR512E is preserved Blackpool Transport 512, a Leyland Titan PD3A/1 with MCW H41/30R body, one of two such former vehicles in service at the Kirkby Stephen rally. The other was HFR501E which had a green roof.
Photo taken Saturday 4 April 2015, at Kirby Stephen West
88. HFR516E
Preserved former Blackpool 516, HFR516E, a Leyland PD3A/1 with Metro-Cammell H41/30R body, new in 1967
Photo taken Sunday 26 June 2005, Blackpool
89. HFR518E
Blackpool Corporation 518, HFR518E, a Leyland Titan PD3 with Metro Cammell H41/30R body, awaiting its next turn of duty in the bus station.
Photo taken Monday 1 September 1980, Talbot Road Bus Station, Blackpool
90. LFR529F
Blackpool remained convinced Leyland Titan users virtually until the end of production.
Photo taken Sunday 29 May 2011, at Marine Road, Morecambe
91. LFR529F
Preserved Blackpool PD3 529, LFR529F, a 1968 Leyland Titan PD3/11 with MCW bodywork.
Photo taken Saturday 25 May 2013, Promeade/Church Street, North Pier, Blackpool
92. LFR540G
No prizes for guessing the location of this Blackpool Transport Leyland 540, LFR540G, sporting the "new " livery which introduced more green.
Photo taken Tuesday 13 April 1982, Blackpool Promenade
93. LFR540G
Blackpool Corporation 540, LFR540G, a Leyland Titan PD3A/1 with Metro Cammell H41/30R body, minus one of its lights!
Photo taken Monday 1 September 1980, St. Anne's
94.
The last time ever in the UK that a tram would pick up passengers in the middle of the road - Blackpool, Sunday November 6, 2011. With the reopening of the reconstructed Blackpool tramway at Easter 2012, this stop is no longer used and on the only remaining street running section, in Fleetwood, trams stop at specially constructed platforms built out into the roadway.
Photo taken Sunday 6 November 2011, Lytham Road
95. PFR554H
A procession led by Blackpool 554, PFR554H, an AEC Swift with Marshall B47D body, new in April 1970, followed by London Transport RTW185 KLB915 and a Leyland PD3, on a running day in Hove, Susex
Photo taken 1980's, at King George V Avenue, Hove, Sussex
96. UFR563K
Blackpool switched to AEC Swifts in the late 1960s. 563, UFR563K. is a 1971 example with Marshall body. Visible on the right is Lytham St Annes 57, 756CTD, a 1957 Leyland Titan PD2/27 with Northern Counties bodywork.
Photo taken August 1973, Blackpool
97. GBV732N
Blackpool 590, GBV732N, an AEC Swift with Marshall body had been in service for just three months when photographed splashing through slush. Green was added at a later date to the rather bland cream, which would have been difficult to keep clean in that weather.
Photo taken Thursday 27 March 1975, Blackpool
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Blackpool's tramway is back in service, running the full route from Starr Gate to Fleetwood Ferry. These Bombardier Flexity 2 vehicles are still being delivered, but sufficient are available to operate a 20-minute service until June. Car 001 is seen on the first day of the new service looking totally at home on the streets of Fleetwood.
Photo taken Wednesday 4 April 2012, Lord Street, Fleetwood