TRAMTALK THE HOME OF RIGBY ROAD PUBLICATIONS in association with Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust (regd charity 1145250) HOME. Blackpool Heritage Trams are a mixed fleet of restored vehicles that run on the Blackpool Tramway, which runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire, England.The line dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world. Some more weekday services may be in the offing too – watch this space! We can’t tell you how good it’s going to be to see you climb on board with us once more. Totally Models will return in 2021. The range available includes bears, soft toys, Illuminations related products, clothing, books, calendars, DVDs, souvenirs, scale models and gift vouchers. Refunds have already been issued for all pre-booked tours. Blackpool's heritage trams do not serve the main service platforms, instead having separate designated stops. You will find details below. This resulted in one tramcar being immediately removed from the list along with another one subsequently. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. The Western Train has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to restore this unique tramcar to operational condition. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. However it has retained the best of the iconic original Heritage Tram fleet, with some vehicles that are over 80 years old that have been retained and restored. With a pass you will be able to book 4 tours at any time during 2020 yet pay for only 3. But the time has now arrived that we can dip our proverbial toe into the water once more. At the moment only tours in September have been released for booking. This will be updated as arrangements change. UPDATE 21 July 2020: Service now restarted – see Return to Service announcement. Heritage Trams Winter Gold 23rd - 24th February Join us for some enhanced Winter Heritage tram tours with Six trams in service each day, Promenade tours every 15 minutes between Starr Gate and Bispham, and regular tours extending to Cleveleys and Fleetwood round tour tickets from £3.50 adult/£2 child Day travelcards available £11 adult/£6 child/£25 family. Initially our tours will be very different from the ones you may have taken in the past. Sightseeing Tour Agency. The Western Train has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been able to restore this unique tramcar to operational condition. Unless ownership is otherwise acknowledged, all photographs used on this site are the property of and used with the kind permission of the copyright holder © Gary Mitchell. A Potted History. Both bogies are now complete having been fully rebuilt with new components, and they look absolutely superb! Personal Website. The Heritage Tram Tours “roundel” device is a ® registered trademark. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyse and understand how you use this website. We hope to welcome you on-board soon. 798 talking about this. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Capacity on our trams is restricted as we have to apply social distancing to our seating plans. Representatives of Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will receive the award later this summer. 1,537 talking about this. Manx Electric Railway Online. As iconic as Blackpool Tower, fish and chips and Blackpool rock, our world famous Heritage Tram Tours are rolling up and down the Fylde Coast each weekend and evening until January 2021. As Blackpool Transport had previously undertaken a £23,000 overhaul of the bogies, including a full overhaul and repair of the other motor by CPM as our contribution towards this project some years earlier, we felt we were honour bound to make good the newly failed second motor as part of our ongoing contribution towards the operational re-instatement of this lovely vehicle. As a result of a questionable article in a well-known local magazine, there appears to be a lot of spurious misinformation floating about in respect of some forthcoming tram movements. In order to facilitate these changes, it became crucial to re-assess the trams stored at Rigby Road and it was immediately apparent that we have too many. This year, things will be a little different, as it will be a socially distanced onboard experience which makes it all the more special as our conductor safely seats you in your pre-booked seats. Furthermore, two volunteers from Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award. The Heritage Tram Tours “roundel” device is a ® registered trademark. Regrettably we have had to cancel our Totally Models Weekend for 2020. The stops are close to the standard tram stops. CPM were duly contracted to undertake the work and we are awaiting the return of the motor. All our tours are currently suspended. See how we are keeping you safe in 2020. Play As. This is so that we can maintain social distancing at all times. Join the Victorian Ghost Hunter, Stephen Mercer, on the UK’s only Ghost Tram Tour. These arrangements are not intended to be permanent and will be reviewed as the situation changes but always with an emphasis on safety. When you pre-book your ticket we will allocate seats on the basis of the number of tickets on that booking so that all those on the same booking can sit together. Today’s Press Release from Blackpool Transport has produced the biggest smile seen on a Heritage Tram for quite some time: We’re very excited to announce that our famous Heritage Trams will begin running again on August Bank Holiday weekend. One of the heritage Blackpool trams in front of the Tower. We still have the same unique view of the Lights, including the new NHS & Key Workers Tribute and Corona Heroes display on the Golden Mile. For more details of how we are trying to ensure we can all travel safely, we explain it at Keeping You Safe. The bogies (which are of type Maley & Taunton HS44 for those interested) are now back under the tram. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. on the originally planned date. More. Head of Heritage, Bryan Lindop says: “Having worked with this remarkable and talented group of volunteers now for over 5 years, it fills me with great pride to see them achieve this pinnacle of national recognition. We will be working from home as is recommended so we will still be able to collect emails and will reply to you as quickly as we can. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We are very much aware that the precautions and changes that we have had to put in place may not seem ideal but they are there for the benefit of us all. Play As. We’ve have made a slight adjustment to the age at which children can travel for free – this is now only available to those under 3 who are not occupying a seat of their own. We are planning for our return in 2021 when circumstances allow and will publish details here. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Original; Share. Starr Gate is also used as a temporary stop during special events. Tram Talk Today. This is just the start of an incredible and unique journey for Heritage Trams as we wrap them into the heart of our Blackpool Transport team. Filmed on 13/04/2019. We don’t intend sitting back at this point though – we are busy working toward restarting a service for other weekends and even Illuminations Tours. One of the changes we have introduced for 2020 is bringing you the top item from the wish list of previous season’s customers – online pre-booking for all tours. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Indeed, before the notice letters were sent out, I spoke to representatives of each group or owner either in person or by telephone to appraise them of the situation. The Blackpool Tramway now has a fleet of modern low-floor trams to quickly and efficiently transport thousands of people every day. go to this page on the Blackpool Transport web site. 340 talking about this. Trams Today . Watch out here for the dates. We have carried out a full review of our trams to create seating plans that will allow for social distancing to be maintained. Disclaimer : The opinions and commentary voiced on this page are those of the author and do not have the automatic endorsement of the Fleetwood Heritage … Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours invite you to enjoy an experience like no other as you take a ride along the world famous Blackpool Tramway aboard a piece of moving history! We have created new pages on here for you to see the details of the two new style of Tours and on those pages are buttons so you can choose, reserve and pay for your ticket online. To continue the day at the world famous seaside resort and in Lancashire, Blackpool. They are used to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded content so we can improve our service to you. Photographs 1,2 and 3 show the tram stop at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It takes a lot of dedication, commitment, sheer grit and determination to maintain the high standard of excellence that they have become renowned for. Fylde Transport Trust. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Featured Posts. Artist Andy Hazell came up with the designs for the stainless steel benches after a visit to Blackpool Transport’s Rigby Road depot. All our tours are suspended due to the national lockdown. Rob Bray's tram and other transport photo page. You must book online in advance of your planned trip. If you have made individual bookings we regret that it may not be possible to arrange for you to sit together. We’re sure you won’t be surprised to learn that due to the COVID-19 situation and the government advice of avoiding non-essential travel, we are suspending all our operations until further notice. Necessary cookies are essential for the website to function properly. Twitter; Instagram; Email; Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours. We have had to simplify our timetables to match the availability of trams and of staff. SHOP . Two new benches, inspired by Blackpool’s Heritage Trams have been installed in the town centre. Then as we head to October and darker evenings our illuminated trams will join their fellow heritage trams, bringing that extra sparkle to the world famous illuminations. See more of Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours on Facebook Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours invite you to enjoy an experience like no other as you take a ride along the world famous Blackpool Tramway aboard a piece of moving history! Our fares have not changed from those prior to the closure of the tramway last March but we are no longer able to offer one-day or 3-day tickets, concessionary or group tickets as these are not compatible with pre-booking. The official site for news and information about Blackpool's Heritage Tram Tours. Following a 6 month cessation of all heritage activities at Rigby Road depot brought about by a complete closure of the heritage works and the furlough of its staff, the engineering team began a phased return from circa September onwards. In fact we are taking a whole range of actions to ensure your safety in this current situation and you can read about them on our Keeping you Safe page. The official site for news and information about Blackpool's Heritage Tram Tours. Everything then stalled as the country went into lockdown. While the tramway is closed, purchasing items will help support the line with vital income. The tram stops include Pleasure Beach, Tower North Pier, Cabin, Bispham, Cleveleys and Fleetwood. It also means that, when booking your tour, you will need to select if you wish to travel on the upper or lower deck of double-deck trams. As you may know, the organisers of Tram Sunday have postponed the Tram Sunday Weekend 2020 with no alternative date yet set. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Made from stainless steel, the benches depict a Blackpool ‘OMO’ built in the mid-1930s and the ‘Brush’ built originally in 1937. Starting from the northbound North Pier & The Tower Heritage Tram stop, which you will find if you check out our Find Us page, we travel north along the Promenade along the routes which have, in various forms, been carrying trams for over 100 years – don’t worry, the tracks were upgraded as recently as 2012 so they are in excellent shape!. This does mean that the capacity of our trams has been significantly reduced. Necessary cookies are essential for the website to function properly. Finally, we work closely with volunteers and the community to celebrate the heritage of Blackpool. Our web site has been updated with all the new details of our tours and we’ve prepared a summary of the changes. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Up until 2011, the “Heritage” cars were the service fleet trams. Whilst not giving too much away about the Company’s future plans, it is no secret that Blackpool Transport is about to commence a phased series of essential redevelopments at Rigby Road depot in order to re-purpose it for the future for both bus and heritage tram. We just can’t begin to tell you how pleased we will be to see you. Unfortunately this is no longer possible whilst social distancing is in force. Twitter; Instagram; Email; About Us. We strongly recommend that you pre-book your tour with us. As yet we can put no timescale on these events. The gripping and chilling tour departs from North Pier & Tower Heritage Tram stop and travels along the Coast to Little Bispham, then returns along the Promenade to Blackpool’s South Shore where it turns once more to take you back to North Pier & Tower where you started. Interest. These will be on the iconic Balloon trams so typical of Blackpool’s Promenade. Two new benches, inspired by Blackpool’s Heritage Trams have been installed in the town centre. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down. Then as we head to October and darker evenings our illuminated trams will join their fellow heritage trams, bringing that extra sparkle to the world famous illuminations. Whilst the extra safety measures mean this will be a different experience to the normal turn up and go services of the past, it means you can safely enjoy a Heritage Tram experience on Blackpool’s world famous tramway. News & Media Website. It is planned that the Illuminated Trams, including the famous Western Train, will be ready for service by early October and we’ll keep you up to date with progress of that on here and our social media. Martin Gurr, General Manager for Heritage Operations is working with the team of award-winning volunteers to deliver the required training for them to return to the tracks in August. Blackpool Heritage Trams have launched a new online shop, selling a variety of products. Our 2022 calendar will be available in the autumn.As popular as ever, our wall calendar for 2021 opens out into a lovely A3 calendar when hung on a wall.The images are full A4 size and, below them, the dates page is also full A4 size.There are 13 different images of Heritage Trams … Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours invite you to enjoy an experience like no other as you take a ride along the world famous Blackpool Tramway aboard a piece of moving history! Please ensure you book your tour as soon as you can, we expect many dates to sell out due to our restricted availability. 2020 turned out to be a very different year from the one that we envisaged when we discussed the big plans and service improvements we had hoped to bring to you. Prior to lockdown the motor had been sent to CPM Engineering in Manchester, a specialist contractor in rotating electrical machines and they determined that a full rebuild and restoration would be required costing £13,600. www.blackpoolheritage.com Safety has always been the number one priority at Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours. Many of these original trams are over 80 years old and have been retained and superbly renovated. Taking inspiration from Blackpool’s rich tram heritage, Andy created four unique designs for the new benches, and two of these have now been installed in Talbot Square. This represents a considerable achievement towards the eventual return to use of 663, but there is still much to be done including a full rewire and refurbishment of the bodywork. Once this has been fitted the tram will undergo a period of testing before release into traffic. We are pleased to announce the return of our Illuminations Tours for 2020. Heritage Tram Tours, which operates as part of Blackpool Transport will run on a tour basis with customers needing to pre-book in advance online. stuartph > Blackpool Trams > Blackpool Heritage Trams Depot. It’s a unique experience as nowhere else in the UK can you still ride a Heritage Tram on the line for which it was originally built. The official site for news and information about Blackpool's Heritage Tram Tours. A feed of our latest news articles in reverse date order. But only a toe at this stage. Heritage Trams will then run from September. You cannot board at any other stop. https://twitter.com/bplheritagetram/status/885429812583690240. Community … Further details will be available once a revised date has been announced. In common with all our tours in 2020, you will be able to reserve and pay for your seat in advance and know which of our services you will be travelling on. Now, those circumstances are changing and we are no longer able to continue this arrangement. Nonprofit Organization. Share a piece of our moving history. Online pre-booking allows us to prepare for each individual journey and allows our conductors to provide a special and personal customer experience. We now have a ‘4 for 3 Pass’ for Coastal tours and for Promenade tours. For some considerable time, in order to assist various organisations and individuals, we have been in the position of being able to store trams on their behalf entirely free of charge because we had the space to accommodate them. On our return, a priority target for us was to resolve the issue of the intermittently faulty traction motor on car 143. Artist Andy Hazell came up with the designs for the stainless steel benches after a visit to Blackpool Transport’s Rigby Road depot. We hope to welcome you on-board soon. The timetable will be a very different one than the one you may be used to so please read on. In doing so they are developing a wide variety of skills, creating a major contribution to the welfare of their local community and fulfilling the purposes of wellbeing, learning and education. The volunteers, the community that they serve and indeed the nation’s heritage adoring public who come to Blackpool to benefit from the sheer feel-good factor that the heritage tram tours create are inspiring new generations to cherish and appreciate their heritage; to participate in something culturally unique and life-affirming, and by doing so, ensuring that future generations will be able to continue to enjoy this inspiring public amenity.”. There’s been a tramway in Blackpool for well over 100 years. These cookies do not store any personal information. Please note: Heritage Tram Tours are not currently operating due to being in a Tier 3 area. Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours. Taking inspiration from Blackpool’s rich tram heritage, Andy created four unique designs for the new benches, and two of these have now been installed in Talbot Square. This work will be spread over a number of years. We realise that many passengers have previously swapped from tram to tram during their tour by leaving one tram and waiting for the next. I therefore re-iterate that what is taking place, is taking place amicably on the part of the organisations and individuals involved, who have all been entirely professional about it. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Having been suspended for lockdown, we’re pleased to announce that our Ghost Tram tour will return just in time for Halloween – the day before to be precise! British Trams Online. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. Additionally I also gave each owner an opportunity to make representation for my consideration ahead of the letters being sent out. We are starting the wheels turning on August Bank Holiday Weekend (29,30,31 August) and will then run from September. The volunteers who operate Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, part of Blackpool Transport Services, enable the protection, conservation and operation of a unique fleet of vintage tramcars on the tramway for which they were built (one of only two tramways in the world to operate double-deck trams), thereby widening public access to a rich part of the nation’s heritage. Whilst on board you will need to comply with the laws and recommendations for travel that may be in force at the time of your tour. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. We are delighted to announce that we have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Hear tales of terror and stories of the supernatural updated for our 2020 tours. You can also hire our trams! We will constantly be reviewing the situation and will operate again once it is safe and sensible to do so. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorised as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Community Organization. The ONLY boarding point for Coastal and Promenade Tour trams will be our northbound North Pier & Tower Heritage Tram stop. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Pre-booked tickets for events over the next few months have already been fully refunded. As a result, the volume of space currently occupied by the heritage department will progressively shrink, leaving us with reduced space in which to work and to store our heritage assets. Consequently we will not have any special services running. We have launched our website earlier than intended to allow people to share and enjoy digital heritage online. You can check the tour timetables over on our Heritage Tram Tours website. These cookies do not store any personal information. Please note that boarding for Illuminations Tours is only at Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram Stop. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. If you would like to comment about our new arrangements, you’ll find our contact details on our Get in Touch page. Keep up to date with Heritage Tram news in Blackpool and our general service updates. This includes, for example, the wearing of a face covering at all times when on board, unless you have an exemption. Heritage Tram Tour Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours operate tours using our iconic Heritage Trams on the Blackpool Tramway. Friends of the National Tramway Museum. Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours The Blackpool Tramway now has a fleet of modern low-floor second generation trams that operate its main daily service. The Blackpool Tramway now has a fleet of modern low-floor trams to quickly and efficiently transport thousands of people every day. We plan to have tours almost every evening of the lights which, as you may know, have been extended this year and will shine until 3 January 2021. The Heritage Trams pick up at special stops and they are clearly signed. Our Heritage Tram Tours return to the tracks on August 2020 Bank Holiday Weekend (29,30,31 August) and will then run from September. Made from stainless steel, the benches depict a Blackpool ‘OMO’ built in the mid-1930s and the ‘Brush’ built originally in 1937. Until 2011 what we now call the “Heritage” trams operated the main Blackpool tram service between Starr Gate and Fleetwood, operating 364 days of the year. Our Timetables page gives details. Blackpool Heritage Trams are one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. The next steps will include some underframe repairs around the centre platform and the overhaul of the four motors. Blackpool Heritage Trams have launched a new online shop, selling a variety of products. You must book online in advance to guarantee your seat! Ian Middlemiss, Head of Tramway for Blackpool Transport said: “Though we can’t offer the usual full service this year, we know that this Heritage experience will be as wonderful as always. It is operated by Blackpool Transport (BT) and is the last surviving first-generation tramway in the United Kingdom. News and Updates. In line with government restrictions we’ve cancelled and refunded all tours up to and including the 2nd of December. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyse and understand how you use this website. Our conductors are briefed before every tour day on any changes to laws and recommendations. Our office will be unmanned and you will be unable to contact us by phone. The blog by Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust. The safety of our passengers and our staff are our first concern. You’ll find details of these on the Fares page. You are welcome to leave the tour at any of our intermediate stops but, once you have left, that will be the end of your tour and you will not be able to complete that tour later. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them. Unless ownership is otherwise acknowledged, all photographs used on this site are the property of and used with the kind permission of the copyright holder © Gary Mitchell. Nonprofit Organization. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. The official site for news and information about Blackpool's Heritage Tram Tours. Heritage. Blackpool Corporation Transport 290, 1937 (At Rigby Road) Blackpool Corporation Transport 637, 1937; Blackpool Corporation Transport 641, 1984; Blackpool Corporation Transport 673+683, 1961 We’ve updated the pages of our web site with all the detail but below is an overview of the changes and new arrangements containing links to the pages that will give you the nitty gritty detail. All our tours are now pre-bookable online only. Join us for some enhanced Winter Heritage tram tours with Six trams in service each day, Promenade tours every 15 minutes between Starr Gate and Bispham, and regular tours extending to Cleveleys and Fleetwood round tour tickets from £3.50 adult/£2 child Day travelcards available £11 adult/£6 child/£25 family. While the tramway is closed, purchasing items will help support the line with vital income. We will seek to constantly improve and update the site and content over the next couple of weeks. 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