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Heritage Tram Tours

Coming up - with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Coming up - with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea Tour, Ghost Tours, Fish and Chips and Heritage events – it’s time travel today with Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours!

Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea and Blackpool Heritage Tram Tour

Saturday 12 May from 1pm

Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea & Tram Tour

Join Blackpool Heritage Trams for an Afternoon Tea Tour in honour of the Royal Wedding. What could be better than that on a summer’s afternoon!

Depart from North Pier heritage stop at 1pm for a coastal tour to Fleetwood, enjoying a glass of Prosecco (or a non-alcoholic version) during the journey. On arrival in Fleetwood afternoon tea will be served on-board, including a delicious selection of savoury treats, tea bread and cakes, not forgetting tea and coffee!

Just £20 – Tickets must be purchased in advance from heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com or ring Emma Tingle on 01253 209521 (please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!)

A Winter Refresh for Box 40

Tramcar Box 40 has been treated to some remedial work to arrest deterioration and to preserve a smart appearance for this popular tram.

Heritage Tram Car Box 40

It now looks very spruce once more, and is all set for another season of use carrying its happy passengers on Heritage Tours of the Blackpool Tramway!

Read all about the winter refresh and the History of Heritage Tram Car Box 40

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

The Great British Night Out

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

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

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!

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

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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 Please mention that you saw it here!

Blackpool’s No 1 Attraction!

Did you know – that in 2017 you voted the Blackpool Tramway as the no 1 attraction in Blackpool on TripAdvisor?

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!)

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.

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.

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!

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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Fish and Chips, on a tram, plus a drink, and a tour! Seats still available for this Friday. To book call Emma on 01253209521 or online at http://shop.visitblackpool.com/default.aspx?dms=71&shop=41&sct=640&AskRedirect=true&AskRedirect=true
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642 in for repaint

Centenary 642 has moved to the Paint Shop for a full repaint prior to a return to use. 642 has been absent for a couple of years now, principally due to its scruffy external appearance but following some remedial attention in the workshops, and due to a gap in Blackpool Transport's bus repaint program, we have been able to slot in 642 for a quick makeover!

 

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We were delighted to be involved in this momentous occasion, and what a lovely day for it too! https://t.co/5E2J3o1y2h
BBC Lancashire @BBCLancashire
@VirginTrains celebrate new electric services between #BlackpoolNorth and #London by naming one its trains “Blackpool Belle”.

The unveiling was performed by Virgin’s Michael Stewart (left) and Martin Gurr (right), a Pendolino driver and volunteer at heritage trams. @TheGNRP https://t.co/71Q6tmQ1v3
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Tickets still available for our Great British Night Out this Friday. Call Emma on 01253209521 or visit https://t.co/fBudMHisMn to book https://t.co/QGxthO894s BplHeritageTram photo

 

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