We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. 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. 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! Friends of the National Tramway Museum. You can also hire our trams! Blackpool trams have seen the Fylde Coast change and grow and evolve into the place it is today. Twitter; Instagram; Email; Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. 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. Please note that boarding for Illuminations Tours is only at Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram Stop. 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. The official site for news and information about Blackpool's Heritage Tram Tours. 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. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Our web site has been updated with all the new details of our tours and we’ve prepared a summary of the changes. News & Media Website. Heritage Trams will then run from September. While the tramway is closed, purchasing items will help support the line with vital income. The Blackpool Tramway now has a fleet of modern low-floor trams to quickly and efficiently transport thousands of people every day. We now have a ‘4 for 3 Pass’ for Coastal tours and for Promenade tours. 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. The blog by Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust. Featured Posts. You must book online in advance to guarantee your seat! Blackpool Corporation Transport 708+, 1934 (Stored in Blackpool) Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust - All trams are non-operational and not on public display. 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. Online pre-booking allows us to prepare for each individual journey and allows our conductors to provide a special and personal customer experience. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. 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. The official site for news and information about Blackpool's Heritage Tram Tours. Heritage. 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. 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. 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. Cleveleys; Bispham; Cabin; North Pier On a track siding. 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. These will be on the iconic Balloon trams so typical of Blackpool’s Promenade. Twitter; Instagram; Email; Timetables & Booking. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. 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. Don’t forget the Tower with its brilliant new lighting system is just part of what’s new in 2020. Our Timetables page gives details. 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. TRAMTALK THE HOME OF RIGBY ROAD PUBLICATIONS in association with Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust (regd charity 1145250) HOME. British Trams Online. 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. 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. 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. The Heritage Trams pick up at special stops and they are clearly signed. We have to ask for your consent prior to running these cookies on our website. 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. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Necessary cookies are essential for the website to function properly. You must book online in advance of your planned trip. This includes, for example, the wearing of a face covering at all times when on board, unless you have an exemption. 509 en parlent. Please ensure you book your tour as soon as you can, we expect many dates to sell out due to our restricted availability. The timetable will be a very different one than the one you may be used to so please read on. We strongly recommend that you pre-book your tour with us. 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. Spent the 23rd and 24th September in Blackpool for the Blackpool Heritage Trams 132nd Anniversary and what a fantastic weekend it was. 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! 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. As you may know, the organisers of Tram Sunday have postponed the Tram Sunday Weekend 2020 with no alternative date yet set. Please go to our Illuminations Tours page where you will find all the information you need plus a link to our booking system. This will be updated as arrangements change. As yet we can put no timescale on these events. Photographs 1,2 and 3 show the tram stop at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Our office will be unmanned and you will be unable to contact us by phone. Join the Victorian Ghost Hunter, Stephen Mercer, on the UK’s only Ghost Tram Tour. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. Everything then stalled as the country went into lockdown. We just can’t begin to tell you how pleased we will be to see you. Representatives of Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will receive the award later this summer. 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! You’ll find details of these on the Fares page. We realise that many passengers have previously swapped from tram to tram during their tour by leaving one tram and waiting for the next. We will constantly be reviewing the situation and will operate again once it is safe and sensible to do so. Made from stainless steel, the benches depict a Blackpool ‘OMO’ built in the mid-1930s and the ‘Brush’ built originally in 1937. When possible we will adjust our services and the way they work. See how we are keeping you safe in 2020. 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. The bogies (which are of type Maley & Taunton HS44 for those interested) are now back under the tram. Necessary cookies are essential for the website to function properly. UPDATE 21 July 2020: Service now restarted – see Return to Service announcement. Personal Website. Fylde Transport Trust. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. You will be seated with those in your booking so if you do not wish to be seated together please make separate bookings. Keep up to date with Heritage Tram news in Blackpool and our general service updates. Non-necessary cookies are not strictly necessary for the website to function though they do allow a better user experience. Watch out here for the dates. Sightseeing Tour Agency. Two new benches, inspired by Blackpool’s Heritage Trams have been installed in the town centre. stuartph > Blackpool Trams > Blackpool Heritage Trams Depot. With a pass you will be able to book 4 tours at any time during 2020 yet pay for only 3. Hear tales of terror and stories of the supernatural updated for our 2020 tours. Please note: Heritage Tram Tours are not currently operating due to being in a Tier 3 area. Blackpool Heritage Trams are one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. We hope to welcome you on-board soon. Share a piece of our moving history. JOHN'S BLOG. But only a toe at this stage. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyse and understand how you use this website. The official site for news and information about Blackpool's Heritage Tram Tours. Up until 2011, the “Heritage” cars were the service fleet trams. stuartph > Blackpool Trams > Blackpool Heritage Trams. Manx Electric Railway Online. Now, those circumstances are changing and we are no longer able to continue this arrangement. Nonprofit Organization. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. 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!. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse. 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. Play As. We are pleased to announce the return of our Illuminations Tours for 2020. Our conductors are briefed before every tour day on any changes to laws and recommendations. Community … Safety has always been the number one priority at Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours. Both bogies are now complete having been fully rebuilt with new components, and they look absolutely superb! To continue the day at the world famous seaside resort and in Lancashire, Blackpool. We have launched our website earlier than intended to allow people to share and enjoy digital heritage online. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. More. 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! CPM were duly contracted to undertake the work and we are awaiting the return of the motor. Spaces are extremely limited so we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment. 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. 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. Twitter; Instagram; Email; About Us. They are used to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded content so we can improve our service to you. Rob Bray's tram and other transport photo page. 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. One of the heritage Blackpool trams in front of the Tower. Next year there will be an expansion of our operations that means you will see an advanced offer and unique experiences on our Heritage Trams.”. All our tours are suspended due to the national lockdown. We are constantly reviewing the ever-changing situation with Coronavirus and associated laws and gudelines. Finally, we work closely with volunteers and the community to celebrate the heritage of Blackpool. Additionally I also gave each owner an opportunity to make representation for my consideration ahead of the letters being sent out. Many of these original trams are over 80 years old and have been retained and superbly renovated. CONTACT US. 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. The tram stops include Pleasure Beach, Tower North Pier, Cabin, Bispham, Cleveleys and Fleetwood. We have had to simplify our timetables to match the availability of trams and of staff. 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. Once this has been fitted the tram will undergo a period of testing before release into traffic. Artist Andy Hazell came up with the designs for the stainless steel benches after a visit to Blackpool Transport’s Rigby Road depot. They are used to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded content so we can improve our service to you. The safety of our passengers and our staff are our first concern. It is operated by Blackpool Transport (BT) and is the last surviving first-generation tramway in the United Kingdom. The Blackpool Tramway now has a fleet of modern low-floor trams to quickly and efficiently transport thousands of people every day. The Heritage Tram Tours “roundel” device is a ® registered trademark. 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. 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. All our tours are currently suspended. This does mean that the capacity of our trams has been significantly reduced. We would ask that you listen to and act upon the recommendations and instructions given to you by our staff – they have been trained in how to keep you safe but will need your help to do so. 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. 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.”. 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. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Original; Share. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. Community Organization. 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. Much work has been taking place behind the scenes as not only has there been over three months of engineering backlog to catch up with but our service and the Tours have had to be redesigned from the tracks upward. If you would like to comment about our new arrangements, you’ll find our contact details on our Get in Touch page. 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. If you would like to read more on this subject, please go to this page on the Blackpool Transport web site. 1,537 talking about this. Trams Today . Blackpool's heritage trams do not serve the main service platforms, instead having separate designated stops. While the tramway is closed, purchasing items will help support the line with vital income. On our return, a priority target for us was to resolve the issue of the intermittently faulty traction motor on car 143. This resulted in one tramcar being immediately removed from the list along with another one subsequently. Blackpool Heritage Trams have launched a new online shop, selling a variety of products. 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. If you have made individual bookings we regret that it may not be possible to arrange for you to sit together. For more details of how we are trying to ensure we can all travel safely, we explain it at Keeping You Safe. Starr Gate is also used as a temporary stop during special events. 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. 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 … Capacity on our trams is restricted as we have to apply social distancing to our seating plans. These cookies do not store any personal information. 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. The range available includes bears, soft toys, Illuminations related products, clothing, books, calendars, DVDs, souvenirs, scale models and gift vouchers. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. We have carried out a full review of our trams to create seating plans that will allow for social distancing to be maintained. The owners are all fully understanding, grateful for the support and assistance that we have provided free of charge in terms of storage and are entirely aware as to the reasons. go to this page on the Blackpool Transport web site. 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. The ONLY boarding point for Coastal and Promenade Tour trams will be our northbound North Pier & Tower Heritage Tram stop. Blackpool Heritage Trams have launched a new online shop, selling a variety of products. 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. News and Updates. Filmed on 13/04/2019. 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. Two new benches, inspired by Blackpool’s Heritage Trams have been installed in the town centre. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyse and understand how you use this website. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. You can check the tour timetables over on our Heritage Tram Tours website. 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. Regrettably we have had to cancel our Totally Models Weekend for 2020. Some more weekday services may be in the offing too – watch this space! Non-necessary cookies are not strictly necessary for the website to function though they do allow a better user experience. 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