[RailTransportation] TRANSPORTATION : HISTORY : COUNTRIES: GREAT BRITAIN : PHOTOGRAPHS: IN PICTURES: Heritage Trams Hit the Rails Once Again

 

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TRANSPORTATION : HISTORY :

COUNTRIES: GREAT BRITAIN :

PHOTOGRAPHS:

IN PICTURES: Heritage Trams Hit the Rails Once Again

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IN PICTURES: Heritage Trams Hit the Rails Once Again

13:30Sunday 27 March 2016       20:00Friday 25 March 2016

Blackpools trams are as much a part of the towns heritage as the Tower.

The Blackpool Gazette

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/local/ in-pictures-heritage-trams-hit-the-rails-once-again-1-7817362

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/gtvbrut

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Back in 2012 when the 100m new tramway was unveiled with its fleet of shiny state-of-the-art Flexity trams, it seemed the writing was on the wall for the old bone-shakers dating back to the 1930s.

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That is until Bryan stepped in  determined to preserve this piece of history.

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This year 22 of the old trams will ply their trade on the seafront, more are in the workshops at Rigby Road being restored and plans for a tram museum on the site are moving forward.

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And the first services started rolling this weekend.

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The 2016 heritage service has officially launched today, with Easter Sunday seeing the introduction of a Marton Box Car tram, on loan from the North Easts Beamish Museum.

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It is a remarkable turnaround, and one which the public clearly supports because the heritage service is now covering all its own engineering and operational costs.

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Nothing would be possible without the huge support of tram enthusiasts both locally and from around the country.

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Bank managers, IT experts and train drivers willingly spend their weekends as volunteer drivers alongside the paid staff, and trained to a high standard.

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Bryans fervour is catching though, with the likes of the Lofthouse family of Fleetwoods Fishermans Friend among those who have donated substantial funds towards restoration.

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Their contribution is going towards refurbishing the Illuminated Trawler which after a couple of years out of service will be back as part of this years Illuminations.

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It will boast twice the number of lights on it as before – 12,500 energy-efficient LEDs using the same lighting system as the Tower.

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Bryan said: We wanted something that would have a real wow factor. I want it to be the star of the show and I think it will be the brightest thing on the planet when it is finished!

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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