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With Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours you can enjoy an experience like no other as you take a ride aboard a piece of moving history!

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Take a Ride on a Heritage Blackpool Tram

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.

Blackpool Heritage Tram

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.

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Trams for Hire

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.

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FUNDRAISING APPEALS

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 being 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!

Paisley & District tramcar no.16 of 1904 (later Glasgow 1016)

Paisley & District Tramcar no 16

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.

dash panel from Paisley 16 from the later stage of its working life when it was Glasgow 1016.

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.

Blackpool Illuminated Hovertram of 1963

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.

Blackpool Illuminated Hovertram 1963 at Rigby Road

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!

Blackpool Hovertram

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.

Make a Donation

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.

A link to Blackpool Heritage Trust standing order forms can be found here.



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Heritage Tram Rides

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 during peak holiday weeks at Easter, Spring Bank, for the summer and school half term holidays.

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. 

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, promenade timetable

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Easter Heritage Tram Tours

Saturday 15 - Monday 17 April from 10am to 5pm

Easter Heritage Tram Tours

Frequent Tram Tours every 10/20 minutes. 6 return tours to Fleetwood and 10 return tours to Cleveleys

For timetables see our Facebook and Twitter pages and BlackpoolHeritage.com

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.

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The Great British Night Out

14 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 11 October at 6.30pm

Great British Night Our with Blackpool Heritage Trams

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 heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.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.

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Totally Models Weekend

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 June from 10am to 5pm

Totally Models Weekend with Blackpool Heritage Trams

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.

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28th March 2017
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Here's a nice reminder of Heritage tram action from sunny Sunday! Our next Gold weekend is Easter weekend but don't forget we operate daily promenade tours for 3 weeks starting this Saturday!

 

Heritage Gold weekend, day 2. Featuring Bolton 66, Centenary 648, Railcoach 680, Western Train 733+734 and Balloons 715 and 723.

 

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A couple of late alterations from Pleasure Beach 1615 will be Tram 648, 1630 Western Train to Little Bispham, 1645 tram 715 to Cleveleys and 1700 tram 723 to North Pier.

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Catch the Western Train (Tram D today) it's also our mobile souvenir shop. See the lovely Karen for Heritage branded bargains!

 

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“70 years since the end of trams in #Bolton - ride on the only surviving example today in #Blackpool”

 

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The Western Train leaving depot for service today. It's Tram D on our timetable and also has the souvenir shop on board the carriage.

 

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Winter Gold - 25th March Don't forget we are running our enhanced Gold Heritage timetable this weekend. Saturday's trams are Balloon 711, Boat 600, Balloon 717, Western Train 733/4, Box 40 and Balloon 701. Why not come along and enjoy a ride on a traditional tram in Blackpool? We'll be very pleased to welcome you aboard!

 

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“A reminder of which #heritage #trams we're running tomorrow. #Blackpoolhasitall #sunshine #opentop #Fleetwood #WesternTrain”

 

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703 comes home! Balloon 703 returned home to Blackpool today following almost seven years away in the North East of England. 703 was originally acquired for preservation by the Lancastrian Transport Trust in 2009, and placed on loan to Beamish Museum following a repaint into fictitious Sunderland livery. 703 entered service at Beamish as their number 101 in October 2011, this number following sequentially from the highest numbered tram in the original Sunderland fleet. 101 was subsequently acquired by Beamish Museum, and became a regular performer over the next four years until a tyre defect forced its withdrawal from service during 2015. Although it was anticipated that the tram would be overhauled and returned to use at Beamish, it was moved to storage 'off rails' to free up track space in the museum's tram depot. Latterly joined by fellow Blackpool exile Brush car 621, a change of emphasis at Beamish saw both trams become surplus to requirements, and towards the end of 2016 they were both generously offered to the Blackpool Heritage Trust to bolster the growing Heritage operation here. 621 returned in December, but 703 has had to wait a little longer owing to its position 'off rails' at Beamish. However (and thanks to the success of our crowd funding appeal to bring the tram home), our engineers from Blackpool made the journey to Beamish yesterday to assist their own team in moving the tram back onto the track ready for loading, and effecting a temporary repair to the defective tyre. Following all of this effort, 703 arrived back in Blackpool at teatime this evening, and was swiftly unloaded and returned to Rigby Road depot for the first time since 14th September 2010. Welcome home old girl - we've missed you!

 

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23rd March 2017
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An interesting video showing the work involved in preparing 703 for it's transportation back to Blackpool from Beamish. This project has been made possible by our first ever crowdfunding appeal. Thanks to everyone who has assisted with this.

 

It's a busy #WorkshopWednesday today! Tram 101 was moved from its resting place in the tram shed and prepared for the journey to its new home at Blackpool. For more news and information on our transport collection, visit; http://beamishtransportonline.co.uk/

 

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@VisitLancashire you can bring your doggy for free on our heritage tram tours!

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@visitfyldecoast @StayBlackpool @WGBpl so will we!

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Starting tomorrow - @WordpoolFest (29 - 31 March) - Check out all the activities & events you can get involved in… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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@StayBlackpool we're looking forward to it!

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#Heritage #trams on the prom every day of the Easter holidays plus enhanced timetable on Easter weekend!… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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@NormaJeansBPL @visitfyldecoast @BlackpoolBiz @blackpooldaily we operate every weekend and school holiday plus spec… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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The Western Train in the sunshine today. What a great weekend of Heritage! @ Blackpool Pleasure… instagram.com/p/BSHeTCZhaqf/

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@visitBlackpool new and old working together yesterday in the lovely weekend weather #Blackpool #tram #heritagetwitter.com/i/web/status/8…

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70 years since the end of trams in #Bolton - ride on the only surviving example today in #Blackpool pic.twitter.com/xIPcg8V73h

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