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Saw 700 today also, thought it looked very smart, nice of them to keep the art deco interior on the upper deck
 

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As much as it's a relief to see some trace of the system's history retained, I really think they've utterly ruined 700.

She was clearly an ideal candidate as a heritage car; already in near-original condition, well kept and looking absolutely superb. Why on earth did they have to go and carry out a bizarre half-rebuild?! She now looks awful, with heritage-spec destination screens, cab visors and square-edged windows, but with a bloody great pair of automatic doors each side and now a totally mis-matched modern livery as well, it makes you want to weep. As sad as it is to see those other cars stuffed and in a museum instead of out on the steel where they should be, I can't help feeling that 700 would have been better off joining them :|

And yet, we have 717 - which looks amazing I must say, all credit to the depot staff - which already has the front end mods, and surely would have been a far more logical candidate? Seems BT have lost the plot in every sense.

Anyway, excellent pics by the way!
 
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As much as it's a relief to see some trace of the system's history retained, I really think they've utterly ruined 700.

She was clearly an ideal candidate as a heritage car; already in near-original condition, well kept and looking absolutely superb. Why on earth did they have to go and carry out a bizarre half-rebuild?! She now looks awful, with heritage-spec destination screens, cab visors and square-edged windows, but with a bloody great pair of automatic doors each side and now a totally mis-matched modern livery as well, it makes you want to weep. As sad as it is to see those other cars stuffed and in a museum instead of out on the steel where they should be, I can't help feeling that 700 would have been better off joining them :|

And yet, we have 717 - which looks amazing I must say, all credit to the depot staff - which already has the front end mods, and surely would have been a far more logical candidate? Seems BT have lost the plot in every sense.

Anyway, excellent pics by the way!

Excellent pictures.:D
I cannot understand why the Rigby Road tram depot could not have become a museum. Connected to the tram network, there was so much potential, and undoubtedly would have been a tourist success.
BT have certainly lost the plot.
One of the trams that in my opinion had the biggest potential was the Boat trams, I believe only 1 has been retained. One or two could have had a part perspex covering for rainy days. Imagine a procession with the Illuminated trams mixed with Boat trams (fitted with strings of lights) A great way to see the Illuminations, as well a carnival like spectacle.
I have been told the Illumination tours will now turn round at Pleasure Beach, rather than Star gate, because the only loop there now entails the trams going through the tram wash?
 

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Three 'Boats' have been retained. One was out on Sunday till it failed, and unfortunately the public didn't seem to be using the Heritage Trams - the handful of people riding on them on Sunday were enthusiasts, rather than tourists. On the other hand, a lot of the Flexity trams were full and standing. There are plans, I believe, to use Heritage trams on the Illuminations Tours when they start. I guess the success of these will depend on whether people are prepared to fork out to travel on them.
 

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Three 'Boats' have been retained. One was out on Sunday till it failed, and unfortunately the public didn't seem to be using the Heritage Trams - the handful of people riding on them on Sunday were enthusiasts, rather than tourists. On the other hand, a lot of the Flexity trams were full and standing. There are plans, I believe, to use Heritage trams on the Illuminations Tours when they start. I guess the success of these will depend on whether people are prepared to fork out to travel on them.

The heritage trams don't provide the normal public service any more. They operate a heritage tour, for which you need a special ticket and the heritage tour is basically the illuminations tour without the illuminations.

When I did the illuminations tour I got the first tram (the illuminated western train), there was enough demand for three more tours that night so the illuminated HMS Blackpool came out for the second tour, a balloon for the third and the western train did a second trip as the fourth and final tour of the night.
 

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Nice phots, Kevin. I grabbed a few myself after work, of 700 and 717 returning from Fleetwood passed the Imperial Hotel. 700 certainly looks nice in the Blackpool Council Flexity house colours! A bit too purple on the front I think but good otherwise.
 
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