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With Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours you can enjoy an experience like no other, as you take a ride along the world famous Blackpool Tramway aboard a piece of moving history along the fantastic seafront of this world famous seaside resort.
Up until 2011, the “Heritage” cars were the service fleet trams. Operating every day except Christmas Day, they travelled along the tram lines, carrying residents and visitors from A to B. A multi-million pound upgrade transformed Blackpool's tramway - the tracks were all relaid and a new, modern fleet of low-floor trams are now the service fleet.
However, the original Blackpool trams - with their distinctive 'clickety-clack' as they drive along - are much loved and as integral to Blackpool as fish and chips and the donkeys on the beach - so a core selection of trams from the original system were kept and returned to passenger carrying duties once more.
Many of these original trams are over 80 years old and have been retained and superbly restored. It's a unique experience as nowhere else in the UK can you still ride on a Heritage Tram on the line for which it was originally built.
Blackpool Heritage Trams run most weekends throughout the year, daily during most UK school holidays and, of course, operate our famous Autumn Illumination Tours where you can ride aboard one of the illuminated trams.
Along with our Heritage Buses, the trams are also available for hire to help you celebrate your special occasion.
So, whether you want to hire a tram, join us for one of our regular events or just enjoy a very special ride along Blackpool’s Promenade, we have something to offer for everyone.
All of the heritage Tramcars, are, by definition, old! They need tender loving care, maintenance, and in many cases restoration.
Many of them have been moved to different places, different collections, and different owners - so there are opportunities to bring some of them back home, restore them and, one by one, add them to the operational fleet.
Blackpool Heritage Trust are currently fundraising for the restoration of two exciting additions to the fleet - they can't do it without your help!
Our 'phase one' project is to restore the 4-wheel truck from this tramcar to create a rolling chassis onto which we can then rebuild the body.
To complete this we need four brand new steel tyres, at a cost of £500 each.We have already received our first very generous donation of £500 – which will buy us one tyre. Can you help us to fund the other three?
Once we have the foundations of the tram in place, work can then progress towards rebuilding the body and recreating the missing components that will allow Paisley 16 to take its place on Blackpool's Promenade within a reasonable timescale.
This is a dash panel from Paisley 16 from the later stage of its working life when it was Glasgow 1016. You can see from the state of it how large a task is ahead in restoring it to as-new condition!
Any donation, no matter how big or small will help us to achieve the target and move us towards having a fully overhauled truck for this lovely little tramcar. Donors of £500 or more will be invited to Rigby Road when the work commences, to see the progress for themselves.
The Blackpool Hovertram returned to us in September 2016 after almost a decade away and having spent periods of time in both Beith, Scotland, and Sunderland. Latterly in the ownership of the North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust (NEETT), the tram initially came back to us on a long term loan.
However, NEETT have now presented us with a unique opportunity to actually purchase the Hovertram outright, which will allow it to remain as part of the Blackpool collection, in perpetuity. We feel that this is an opportunity that we should not miss, as it will reunite the entire 1960's illuminated collection under one umbrella and in their original home at Rigby Road.
NEETT have very generously agreed to accept a figure of around half of the £7000 that they have themselves invested in the tram in terms of purchase, moving and storage. We are therefore aiming to raise £3,500 to allow the famous illuminated Hovertram to stay in Blackpool, where it belongs!
Again, any donation no matter how big or small will be very much appreciated, and will help us to secure the future of the Hovertram here in Blackpool. Donors of £500 or more will be invited to come and inspect the tram themselves, and to hear first hand about our plans for its future return to use.
To donate to any of the restoration appeals, please send a cheque payable to “Blackpool Heritage Trust” to 16 Seventh Avenue, Blackpool, FY4 2ED, making it clear whether you wish your donation to support Paisley 16, or Illuminated Hovertram 735.
Alternatively, we would very much appreciate monthly standing orders. This form of regular contribution allows us to forward plan our projects, and will help us to build on our achievements so far and deliver the world class collection of Heritage trams that we all desire to see.
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Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June from 10am to 5pm
Tramway Model Layouts and Sales Stalls inside Rigby Road Depot.
Admission from £5 or £10 with a pre-booked depot tour (please call 01253 209521 to book your tour, and say that you saw it here).
Frequent tram tours every 20 minutes.
Opportunity to ride Heritage Trams to Rigby Road Depot
Buy your tickets on board - cash only.
Mini Tour return trip - Pleasure Beach - Tower/North Pier - Cabin just £3.50 adult and £2 child
Full tour return trip anywhere between Pleasure Beach - Fleetwood just £5.50 adult and £3 child
Heritage Day Ticket - unlimited tours plus the use of all Blackpool Transport Tram and Bus services - £11 adult, £6 child and £25 family. Concession, Heritage only day ticket - £8.50
Catch Heritage Trams ONLY at special Heritage Tram stops.
Saturdays 8 July and 12 August
Blackpool Heritage Guided Tours and Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours are thrilled to announce a new and exciting tour for 2017.
Relax and enjoy a trip along Blackpool’s coastline with a guided tour of the remarkable landmarks and sights that line the promenade, from the Golden Mile to the Cliffs at the Cabin, passing through Bispham and Cleveleys and continuing into the historic fishing town of Fleetwood.
Experience a nostalgic ride on a 1914 heritage tram, while learning the history of our fascinating and unique resort.
A new and exciting tour, suitable for all the family Tours depart from Pleasure Beach Heritage Stop at 2pm and last approx 2 hours
Don’t miss out! Telephone: (01253) 209521 email: firstname.lastname@example.org (and please mention that you saw it here, thanks!)
Adult - £10
Child U16 - £5 (must be accompanied by an adult)
Family - £25 (2 adults and 2 children)
19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October at 6.30pm
Where else can you enjoy fish and chips on a tram!
Plus mushy peas and your choice of refreshment - and a one hour Heritage Tram Tour!
The tram will be available for boarding from 6.30pm at North Pier and Tower Heritage Tram stop (next to Festival House). Supper will be served on board and the tram will depart at 7pm*
Tickets must be pre-booked by calling Emma on 01253 209521 (Mon to Fri 1-4pm) or email your contact details to email@example.com (and please say that you saw it here, thanks!)
*13 September and 11 October tours are £15 each, board from 7pm and include a tour of the Illuminations.
You can enjoy a Blackpool Heritage Tram ride on the promenade every weekend until November, the timetable is below.
On selected weekends there are enhanced services for special events, plus Heritage Trams operate daily during peak holiday weeks at Easter, Spring Bank, for the summer and school half term holidays.
Different trams from the Heritage fleet operate on different days - and on beautiful sunny days the open-top tram cars come out too!
Read on for details of different ticketing options - whether you want a ride there and back just for the experience, or would like to hop on and off throughout the day.
“Green and cream fest at Pleasure Beach #TotallyModels - more of the same tomorrow!”
700 will operate he following additional journeys 1530 Pleasure Beach - Cabin - Pleasure Beach & 1630 Pleasure Beach - Bispham - North Pier
Good morning everyone, we hope you enjoy our #TotallyModels & Starr Gate running weekend! A polite reminder that the only entrance to the model event is on Blundell Steet (opposite Home Bargains) where you see this sign! Please do not attempt to enter the dept by the main gates as this is for buses and staff only.
Totally Models Weekend - tram allocations Our proposed Heritage Tram allocations for both days of the Totally Models Weekend can be found below: Saturday 24th June: Duty A: Balloon 701, duty B: Centenary 648, duty C: Balloon 723, duty D: Railcoach 680, duty E: Balloon 711, duty F: Balloon 715. The Rigby Road shuttle tram will be Balloon 717. Sunday 25th June: Duty A: Balloon 700, duty B: Railcoach 680, duty C: Balloon 717, duty D: Centenary 648, duty E: Balloon 718, duty F: Balloon 723. The Rigby Road shuttle tram will be Balloon 715. On both days, Delta 133 and Atlantean 362 will operate the free Heritage bus service. Please note all allocations are subject to change and are provided only as a guide. Don't forget, Heritage Trams run to Starr Gate this weekend too!!
Also new this weekend... ...Heritage Tram Tours Fudge. 8 flavours, £2.80 each or 4 for £10! Available from the official stall at Totally Models at Rigby Road Dept
Great excitement in Heritage HQ today as our new 2018 calendars have arrived. Same great value prices as 2017 plus for 2018 most Heritage operating days are now listed! 3 sizes are available, A3 £6.50, A4 £5 & DL desktop £4. Available from the sales stall in the depot at this weekend's Totally Models event!
THIS WEEKEND! Model Tramway displays and stalls at Rigby Road Depot, pay on the door, NO BOOKING REQUIRED! Free Heritage Bus Service, Depot Shuttle Tram service, Frequent Heritage service Starr Gate - Fleetwood. A temporary Heritage Tram Stop will be located between Manchester Square and Foxhall for access to the Models Event and also at Starr Gate
Bolton 66 and Boat 600 today. Come and enjoy the sunshine with us!
Today's tour trams are open Boat 600 and Balloon 715.
Totally Models Weekend - 24/25th June It's PAY ON THE DOOR for Totally Models and Depot Tours! We still have places available for our depot tours which will be taking place as part of the Totally Models Weekend on 24/25th June. Pre- booking for these has ended, and tickets for depot tours will now be available on the day from the admission point to the model tramway displays (entrance from Blundell Street). Doors open at 10am! Full details of the weekend's events can be found on the attached poster.
@cpbmediagroup We would have waited, we're a friendly bunch!
Congratulations to everyone involved in the @BplHeritageTram models exhibition today....some amazing exhibits! Really enjoyed the day.
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