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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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
For one night only on Thursday 26th October, Blackpool’s iconic collection of illuminated heritage trams will parade along the promenade for the first time in the tramways glorious history.
The world’s first illuminated tram parade will be staged in Blackpool this October as part of a three-day festival of free entertainment.
Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 October. Features spectacular live entertainment between 5pm and 7pm each night.
The illuminated tram parade, featuring the battleship HMS Blackpool, the lottery funded Western Train and the Fisherman’s Friend Trawler, will set off from the Pleasure Beach tram loop at around 5pm, and will then travel along the tramway to Bispham before returning to terminate at Blackpool Pleasure Beach around 75 minutes later.
The parade will visibly slow as it approaches Blackpool Tower to give spectators an opportunity for an unmissable photo and video opportunity.
For those who want to be a part of the parade, there will be a limited number of tickets available for visitors to travel on the trams during the parade.
Tickets are just £8 adult, £4 child or £20 for a family of 4.
Tickets can be purchased in advance by phone on 01253 209521 or email email@example.com (transactions include a £1 booking fee). Please say that you saw it here!
Once the parade is over, the illuminated trams will be running as normal, tickets for these tours are on a first come, first served basis and you must queue at the Blackpool Pleasure Beach tram stop on the night.
On all three nights, visitors will be able to watch performances of Spark! by Worldbeaters Music – a unique and thrilling show that combines high-impact drumming, superb choreography and stunning lighting design.
Visitors will also be able to see for the first time in Blackpool, the incredible talents of AFISHAL. He will perform live his own re-mixes of commercial dance tracks using specially-engineered drums. Not only will you be able to hear the music, but you will also see it “projected” on the front of The Blackpool Tower buildings. It is a show that is not to be missed!
The three day event will be complemented by the free 3D LightPool shows which will be projected on to the front of The Blackpool Tower building throughout Illuminations season between September 1 and November 5.
This year’s LightPool projections will be launched in the w/c September 4 and will feature five individual shows including the three headline shows – Down the Rabbit Hole, Chasing Stars (featuring astronaut Tim Peake) and Enchanted Blackpool. The ideal viewing area to watch the shows is the Comedy Carpet – the area of the Promenade in front of The Blackpool Tower.
Bryan Lindop, Head of Heritage at Blackpool Transport said, “The Illuminated Feature Trams are entirely unique to Blackpool and although they run throughout the illuminations every year, we have never tackled the challenge of operating them all together in convoy before. The opportunity to work in partnership with VisitBlackpool and achieve another amazing first for our wonderful resort was just too exciting an opportunity to miss.
“Every year, the Lightpool Festival gets even more dynamic and spectacular and my team and I are proud to be taking part. Tickets for the processional tour are likely to sell fast, so please book early to avoid disappointment.”
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.
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0 Likes, 1 Comments - Heritage Tram Tour (@blackpoolheritage) on Instagram: “623 & 723 at Tower & North Pier heritage tram stop.”
It's a 23 day today https://twitter.com/bplheritagetram/status/898463492407259136
“We're having a 23 day! 623 & 723 on the prom. Conductors and engineer got in the way of the photo! Join us for a tour today!”
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Bolton 66 & Boat 600 today https://twitter.com/bplheritagetram/status/898117637162622976
“We have Boat 600 & Bolton 66 in the ☀️️today. Join us for some #seaside #holiday fun! Only £3.50ad/£2ch round tour”
600 & 723 today https://twitter.com/bplheritagetram/status/897771865292275713
“We have open boat 600 and double deck Balloon 723 on the prom today. NorthPier-Pleasure Beach round tour only £3.50ad/£2ch”
We've teamed up with Stephen Mercer, author of Haunted Blackpool, to bring you The Ghost Tram! Dates throughout September and October taking you for a chilling ride to Fleetwood (and back). Tickets must be booked in advance, by calling Emma on 01253 209521 - please see poster for more details!
715 & 723 today https://twitter.com/bplheritagetram/status/897389545175609344
“Double double deckers today! 715 & 723 on the prom til 5. Round tours only £3.50ad/£2ch. Split your tour and ride both trams!”
We're currently working on revised timetables for August Bank Holiday weekend. Due to Livewire concerts at Tower Headland the tramway and prom is closed between North Pier and Tower from 1500 Fri/Sat/Sun. From 0900-1500 Sat & Sun we'll be operating frequent trams to Fleetwood then after 1500 it'll be Tower to Pleasure Beach and hopefully Starr Gate too until 1730. Bank Holiday Monday is unaffected and our normal Gold timetable will operate. Fri 25th will have some alterations to the prom service after 1500 for the same reason. Once timetables are finalised we'll post them here. We hope that you'll still come and join us for a slightly different Gold weekend!
It's Bolton 66 & Balloon 715 on the prom today. 40 is our guided tour tram to Fleetwood, walk up tickets are available, departing Pleasure Beach at 1400. It's also #airshow weekend so our timetable may be subject to change. We have an extra tram, 717 in service later this afternoon.
623 and 715 today!
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Our beautiful Birkenhead 20 made its debut on test on the Blackpool seafront today! Photos Rob Bray pic.twitter.com/GeYkdi8M4a
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The Ghost Tram. Join us for a trip to Fleetwood with Stephen Mercer, author of Haunted Blackpool, and hear of ghost… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…