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The Disappearing Blackpool Tram


Blackpool was the first place in the UK to have an Electric Tramway when the line along the promenade opened way back in 1885. The tramway served many towns and villages in the Fylde but from 1936 the lines started to be closed down  and in the early 1960s most of the tram network was closed down leaving only the line from Star Gate along the promenade and on to Fleetwood left.

This is the only traditional Tram Network left in the UK. It had 76 trams with a mixture of styles and ages running on it. This one is called a Balloon, one of the oldest in regular use and dates from 1934-35 and was built by English Electric.

On Sunday 8th November it all changed. The trams will not run again until 2012 and, for the most part they will be new light rail types. The whole line is up for renovation with a new tram depot at Star Gate. Some of the older trams will be kept but many of them will be scrapped or sold off to enthusiasts for restoration. So the end of an era perhaps!

The Disappearing Blackpool Tram


Blackpool was the first place in the UK to have an Electric Tramway when the line along the promenade opened way back in 1885. The tramway served many towns and villages in the Fylde but from 1936 the lines started to be closed down  and in the early 1960s most of the tram network was closed down leaving only the line from Star Gate along the promenade and on to Fleetwood left.

This is the only traditional Tram Network left in the UK. It had 76 trams with a mixture of styles and ages running on it. This one is called a Balloon, one of the oldest in regular use and dates from 1934-35 and was built by English Electric.

On Sunday 8th November it all changed. The trams will not run again until 2012 and, for the most part they will be new light rail types. The whole line is up for renovation with a new tram depot at Star Gate. Some of the older trams will be kept but many of them will be scrapped or sold off to enthusiasts for restoration. So the end of an era perhaps!

comments (10)

What a shame that the trams are all but going, it was part of visiting blackpool.

a fitting photo to mark the end though, like the processing of this
Les Auld: Thankd Derek, glad you like it.
Oh dear! What bad news! The whole apeal of this system was the more traditional trams being used regularly and I'm sure many of the older visitors come for that very reason. No doubt the many hen and stag parties won't give a damn, though, and now I'm glad I passed Blackpool by! I will not be going back.

So there!
Les Auld: I suppose I will go back one day Alan, thanks for the comment.
.. Blackpool Tower looks a little different, too! wink
Les Auld: A bit skinny Alan, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Nov 2009, 07:53
Well I suppose it's good to know in the enlightened 21st century we've learned the real value of these light rail systems. I had no idea this was simply a remaining part of a once bigger network. Maybe someday some of it will return...
Les Auld: One day Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 10 Nov 2009, 09:17
It a shame that great looking tram will disappear.Very good capture Les
Les Auld: It is indeed Vintage, thanks for the comment.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Nov 2009, 09:22
That's a sad piece of news Les - a tram ride in one of these bone shakers was one of the highlight of the day trip from Manchester.
Les Auld: And from Liverpool Mike, it just will not be the same in a modern tram with suspension and clean windows. Thanks for the comment.
Now that's a shame Les, I've never been to Blackpool, and now, if I do, it won't be to ride on one of these grand old trams.
Les Auld: There will still be a few left but mostly new modern ones. Thanks for the comment Brian.
We made a big mistake getting rid of trams but it will be a shame to see these go, they are part of Blackpool's image...perhaps that is why they have to go
Les Auld: We so did Bill, there are still many of them in Europe but they just did not survive here for some reason. Thanks for hte comment.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 10 Nov 2009, 19:58
What a pity they're going, but good to see it isn't permanent (if you know what I mean?) because although I've never seen them I've always thought Blackpool and trams go together.

A fine picture that makes this old tram look quite youthful.
Les Auld: Blackpool without a tram is like a fish without his bicycle Ellie, thanks for the comment.
Graet capture of the tram Les, a shame its all ending.
Les Auld: There will still be trams but just not all of the old ones as new technolgy will strike out along the prom.

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