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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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Break your Journey

Did you know - that when you buy a ticket to ride a Blackpool Heritage Tram that you can break your journey? 

Blackpool Heritage Tram

That means you can travel between North Pier and Blackpool Pleasure Beach as you wish - get off - do whatever - and then get back on again later in the same day for your return journey. 

At just £3.50 for an adult ticket, that's unbeatable value!

(And a well hidden fact!)

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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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Heritage Tram Tours FAQs and Helpful Hints!

Can we pre-book tours? - Generally No, just turn up and pay the conductor on board The only pre-bookable tours are Great British Night Out, Guided Tours and Ghost Tours

Do you operate every day? - Promenade Tours operate most weekends & school holidays Illumination Tours operate every evening during the Illuminations except Switch On night Illumination Tours start from Switch-On time until 9pm Sun-Thurs & until 10pm Fri/Sat

Do you operate tours on Switch On night - No, we start on Saturday 2nd September This is because the Tramway is closed at Tower Headland for The Switch On event

What time is best to catch an Illumination Tour? - The first tours are always busiest and then get quieter during the evening, an hour after switch on time is best for a shorter wait! Friday/Saturday are busiest! Tours take just over an hour and operate around every 20 minutes.

Where do we catch an Illuminations Tour? - ONLY from Pleasure Beach Heritage Stop you can alight an Illuminations tour at other Heritage Tram Stops on the return journey

Are all trams illuminated? - We use a mix of Illuminated and Heritage trams You get a great view of the Illuminations from the Top deck of our Double Deckers!

Can I get off and rejoin a tour (split tour)? - Daytime tours-Yes, Illumination tours-No

Are Blackpool Transport Saver/Day/24/One tickets valid on Heritage Tram Tours - No Heritage Day Tickets are available which also include modern tram and bus services

Can we buy Heritage Day Tickets on all trams and buses - Yes, Heritage Day Tickets can be bought on any Blackpool Transport bus or tram service, remember and ask for HERITAGE! Heritage Day Tickets: Adult £11, Child £6, Family £25 - includes all tours/buses/trams

Can we buy Heritage Tram Tickets online or on the Blackpool Transport App - No

• Can we pay by Debit/Credit Card – No, we only accept £cash on our tours

• Are concession passes accepted on Heritage Trams - No, these are not valid for tours

• Are Heritage Day Tickets valid for 24 hours - No, only valid on the day of purchase

• Can I hire a Heritage Tram - Yes, call Emma on 01253 209521 for more details!

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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 bring some of them back home, restore them and, one by one, add them to the operational fleet.

Blackpool Heritage Trust have been fundraising for the restoration of two exciting additions to the fleet. They can't do it without your help so a BIG thank you goes to everyone who has supported these two appeals:

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. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the cost.

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!

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 have therefore raised £3,500 to allow the famous illuminated Hovertram to stay in Blackpool, where it belongs!

Blackpool Hovertram

Again, many thanks to you all for your donations. No matter how big or small they are 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

Although these two particular appeals are now funded, if you would like to make a donation it would be so very welcome, and would go to other appeals and the ongoing work to maintain and preserve our unique transport heritage.

To donate please send a cheque payable to “Blackpool Heritage Trust” to 16 Seventh Avenue, Blackpool, FY4 2ED

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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Blackpool Promenade Heritage Tram Tours

Running every weekend and daily during most UK school holidays.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours along the promenade

Catch a non-stop Heritage Tram at special stops, up to every 20 minutes between 10am and 5pm. Plus - tours can be split into 2 trips.

Adult just £3.50, child £2 and under 5's go free!

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

See Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours on Facebook for details of times and which trams are running on which days

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The Great British Night Out

23 Feb, 30 March, 4 and 25 May, 22 June, 13 July, 16 Aug, 13 Sept* & 11 Oct*

Great British Night Out - fish and chips on a Blackpool Heritage Tram

Board the tram from 7pm at North Pier Heritage Tram Stop, supper served on board and the tram departs at 7.30pm

Fish and chips from Harry Ramsden's on a tram (plus mushy peas of course! and your choice of drink) AND a one hour Heritage Tram Tour!

TICKETS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED. Ring Emma on 01253 209521 or email heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com and please mention you saw it here!

Great value from £12 - *13 Sept and 11 Oct are £15 and include a tour of the Illuminations

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Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours presents

The Ghost Tram

With your host the Victorian Ghost Hunter Stephen Mercer

Blackpool Heritage Trams, Ghost Tours 2018

Mondays at 7.30pm, last approx 2 hours

26 March
2 and 9 April
7 and 28 May
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July
6, 13, 20, 27 August
3, 10, 17, 24 September
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 October
Halloween Special - 31 October

Start at the Pleasure Beach, travel all the way to Fleetwood and return to Pleasure Beach.

Tickets £9.50 adults and £4 children.
£21 for a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 children under 16

Tickets must be pre-booked. Call Emma on 01253 209521 or email heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com
Please mention that you saw it here!

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Easter Heritage Tram Tours

Saturday 31 March to Monday 2 April

Easter Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours 2018

Frequent Tram Tours every 10/20 minutes from 10am to 5pm

Round tours from £3.50 for adults and £2 for children

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May Day Bank Holiday Heritage Tram Tours

5 to 7 May from 10am to 5.30pm

An action packed weekend of enhanced Heritage Tram action in Blackpool.

May Day Bank Holiday with Blackpool Heritage Trams

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Spring Bank Holiday Heritage Tram Tours

26 to 28 May from 10am to 5.30pm

An action packed weekend of enhanced Heritage Tram action in Blackpool.

Spring Bank Holiday Blackpool Heritage Trams

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Totally Models Weekend

23-24 June from 10am to 5.30pm

Totally Models Weekend

Tramway model stalls and layouts inside Rigby Road depot. Plus, fascinating depot tours. Frequent Tram Tours 10am - 5pm.

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Tram Sunday Weekend with Heritage Tram Tours

14 - 15 July from 10am to 5.30pm

Heritage Trams at Tram Sunday

A weekend of enhanced Heritage Tram Tours and 'Tram Sunday' - Fleetwood's annual festival of transport - on Sunday 15th July.

Find out more about Tram Sunday 2018 here

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August Bank Holiday Heritage Tram Tours

August 25 to 27 from 10am to 5.30pm

Blackpool Heritage Trams, August Bank Holiday

An action packed weekend of enhanced Heritage Tram action in Blackpool.

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September Spectacular Heritage Tram Tours

September 22 and 23 from 10am to 5.30pm

September Spectacular Heritage Tram Tours

Frequent Heritage Tram Tours, rarely seen trams on display at Rigby Road, pre-booked depot tours and much more!

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Winter Heritage Tram Tours

November 24 and 25 from 10am to 5.30pm

Winter Heritage Tram Tours

Enjoy some winter Heritage! Frequent Promenade tram tours, variety of trams in action, official souvenirs available.

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Heritage Tram Rides

You can enjoy a Blackpool Heritage Tram ride on the promenade every weekend throughout the season until November. Check back in 2018 for the new timetable and season start dates.

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!

Blackpool Heritage Tram

Choose from different ticketing options. Ride there and back just for the experience, or hop on and off throughout the day. 

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours timetables here

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

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Visit Santa on a Blackpool Heritage Tram

Meet Santa on the Western Train Heritage Blackpool Tram

Visit Santa onboard the Western Train Tram.

Plus, enjoy a Heritage Tram Tour between 10am and 4pm.

Saturdays 8, 15 and 22 December 2018

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“Today is the last day to book for tomorrow's #GreatBritishNightOut - Only £12 to start the February Gold Weekend in style! call 01253209521 to book Fish & Chips on the Illuminated Trawler!”

 

Workshop update – open Boat 227 Our latest workshop update looks at open Boat 227, which has been the subject of major attention over the last 12 months. Following a detailed inspection of the fleet at the end of the 2016 season, it was decided that both Boat cars 227 and 230 needed a fair degree of conservation work to arrest deterioration of their open saloons – neither of which were tackled when the trams last received an external repaint in 2012/2013 respectively. In addition, with the interiors stripped out, the opportunity could be taken to fully rewire both trams as this was an issue looming on the horizon for them within the not too distant future. 227 transferred to the workshops early in early 2017 and work has been ongoing since this time which has, by necessity, been slotted in around the many other jobs required to keep our fleet of Heritage tramcars on the road. From the start of works it was agreed that 227 would be returned to as near to original 1934 internal condition as possible. This is to include varnished seats, waist rail and body pillars, with internal bodyside panels painted chocolate brown. The seats were to be a major project because, as well as needing several layers of paint stripping off, they were in a poor condition with many seat bases and backs needing repair, and some of the metal seat frames were refusing to swing over as they should. In a superb demonstration of partnership working, the wooden elements of the seats (bases and backs) were dispatched to Blackpool Sixth Form College for repair and paint stripping, whilst the interior of the tram and the metal seat frames have been paint stripped and prepared for repaint thanks to a superb effort by volunteers from the Blackpool Civic Trust. With the interior fittings removed, our own electrician was able to strip out all the old wiring and this has now been completely replaced with 227 making its first moves around the depot again under its own power during September. At present, 227 is in the Body Shop where rebuilding of the interior is in progress. Replacement floor level cove panels have been produced by our skilled craftsman to encase the new wiring looms, and new floor coverings that feature a heavy tread pattern along the aisles, like that fitted when new, are currently being laid. Beneath the seats the correct pattern of wooden 'slats' will be fitted, and the floor painted to protect this from the elements. Following this work 227 will move to the Paint Shop for an internal repaint/varnish. 227 is expected to be back in use on Promenade tours this summer. Our photographs show: 1. The stripped interior of 227 with new wiring in the process of being installed. Notice the repairs to internal panels and the seat bases that surround the sand hoppers. 2. Head and tail lamps removed for rewiring. 3. Wooden seat bases and backs stacked up and awaiting paint stripping. Damage to the bases is evident. 4. Rebuilding the interior following a full rewire, with newly fabricated cove panels encasing the replacement wiring, new aisle floor coverings (masked for protection during painting) and the side timbers sanded for varnishing.

 

 

Winter Gold and the TLRS model tram Symposium at the Lyric Hotel. 24/25 February We are pleased to announce our proposed tramcar output for the two day Winter Gold event this weekend. Please note, as always this is subject to vehicle availability on the day and is therefore subject to change without notice. Saturday 24th: Duty A: Brush 623, duty B: Balloon 715, duty C: Brush 631, duty D: Brush 621, duty E: Balloon 701, duty F: Balloon 717. Shop: Balloon 700. Sunday 25th: Duty A: Centenary 648, duty B: Balloon 713. duty C: Railcoach 680, duty D: Brush 630, duty E: Balloon 723, duty F: Balloon 718. Shop: Balloon 700. We hope you have a great weekend, and don't forget to visit the Lyric Hotel to take a look at the model trams (small additional charge applies). See poster for full details.

 

 

Own your very own Standard car ruby glass! As part of the order for replacement ruby quarter light glasses for Standard car 147, our friend and supplier, Peter Watts, generously made a small number of additional ruby glasses which we are now able to offer for sale to raise funds for the Blackpool Heritage Trust! The (toughened safety) glasses have been mounted in a wooden frame for display, and they really do look superb - especially when displayed against a light source that makes the attractive fleur-de-lys pattern stand out. The cost of the framed ruby quarter light glasses is £25+£13 postage and packing (p+p charges represent the cost of protective packaging and postage from France). To order, please send a cheque to the Blackpool Heritage Trust at 16 Seventh Avenue, Blackpool, FY4 2ED, and we will arrange dispatch to your chosen address. Numbers are strictly limited, so please order early to avoid disappointment!

 

 

Promenade Tour tram allocations We are pleased to be able to advertise in advance our proposed Promenade Tour tramcar output for the next seven days. Please note that this information is supplied in good faith and is subject to change without notice. Sat 17th: Brush 623 and Balloon 717 Sun 18th: Brush 630 and Balloon 723 Mon 19th: Railcoach 680 and Balloon 713 Tue 20th: Brush 631 and Balloon 718 Wed 21st: Brush 630 and Balloon 717 Thur 22nd: Brush 621 and Balloon 723 Fri 23rd: Brush 630 and Balloon 713

 

 

Today's Promenade Tour trams are Brush car 630 and Balloon 723.

 

 

“630 & 717 are our #PromenadeTour trams today! Round tour only £3.50ad/£2ch”

 

Today's Promenade Tour trams are Brush 631 and Balloon 715.

 

 

Don't forget, with the February half term holidays now here, we're running EVERY DAY from tomorrow (10th) until Sunday 25th! Our Promenade Tours are running every weekend until November, and at many other times too!

 

 

A cold but gorgeously sunny morning on the prom! We have Brush Car 630 & Balloon 717 in service today, both have heaters and a warm welcome from our crews too!

 

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