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!
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