It's particualrly unfortunate with 700 though, as she had been restored into full heritage condition complete with many original features put back. Conversely 717, which now is the 'heritage' Balloon, has LED lights, extended underskirts and so on, and would have been a far better and more obvious choice for 'wide door' conversion. Instead, the tramway has essentially lost one of its most significant heritage assets. Sad, and frankly rather bizarre.711 and 719 are in purple and white as well...
Apart from the doors and the livery, 700 is still very much in heritage condition.It's particualrly unfortunate with 700 though, as she had been restored into full heritage condition complete with many original features put back. Conversely 717, which now is the 'heritage' Balloon, has LED lights, extended underskirts and so on, and would have been a far better and more obvious choice for 'wide door' conversion. Instead, the tramway has essentially lost one of its most significant heritage assets. Sad, and frankly rather bizarre.
It's largely irrelevant, though! Although if would be nice to think it might be put back as it was someday. I wonder if it's plausible, or if the door conversion has taken big chunks of the framing out.Apart from the doors and the livery, 700 is still very much in heritage condition.
On the first half of A, I think ministerial approval is still awaited for the Transport and Works Order. There seems to be quite a queue of them waiting to be decided.Does anybody know if:
A, the plans for the extention to North station and the related redevelopment of the concourse and adjasent wilkinsons building has got the final rubber stamp and
B, if so if any work will be done on this during tje NR blockade in the winter?
You may think that but Blackpool's non-season is a lot shorter than you think. After the lights go out in early November, it's pretty quiet until the lead up to Christmas but gets pretty busy over Christmas and New Year, then you have pigeon weekend in January which is packed and normally a week or so later the Pleasure Beach is back open and weekends start getting busier and busier.Blackpool is quite lucky in as much as they do have a defined start/end of season. Thanks for the replies
Some of the Flexity drivers are passed on the heritage fleet, but not a lot. It is mainly the ones that pre-date the conversion, but some newer ones have been trained up. The same applies to conductors. In daily service the heritage fleet are mainly crewed by volunteers not employees. they are all completely safety trained, before anyone gets bolshie about that, but they are unpaid volunteers. Without that I very much doubt they could run the service they do. The drivers sign the heritage fleet, however they are not allowed to drive all trams immediately. Some of the much older ones, for instance Fleetwood Box 40, they have to take out for a run separately.Does anyone know the arrangements for crewing the heritage fleet on the Blackpool Tramway?
1) Are some of the drivers & conductors who operate Flexitys year-round on the main line also qualified to operate the heritage fleet in summer? Do crews work a regular mix of "old" and "new", or is there a separate roster who drive heritage trams only?
2) Is driving the heritage fleet maybe a "seniority" thing? i.e. after you've been driving the modern, work-a-day Fleetwood route for two, three (or whatever) years, you get a crack at training on the Balloons, Boats, Western Train etc.
3) With modern operating regulations, do drivers need to "sign" each type of heritage tram individually? Or is training requirement less demanding on trams than trains (more in line with bus driving?)
Given Blackpool's heritage fleet is still reasonably varied, it runs for a long-ish season (including autumn Illuminations, with some busy peak and gala days thrown in) and the drivers and conductors need to be employed on a commercial basis, not as museum volunteers, are there any challenges in maintaining adequate numbers of trained staff for heritage operations?
Well, that's a surprise because I certainly got such a sheet without even having to ask for it when I hired Bolton 66 in August 2016...Unfortunately they do not have this information. I have contacted them today and this is what they have come back with.
"Many thanks for your enquiry which has been forwarded for my attention. All private hires are handled by my department. Regrettably we don’t hold this information. The entire tramway is 11.2 miles from end to end. Distances between stops has never been relevant or requested by anyone hiring our trams."
Try here: http://www.railwaycodes.org.uk/track/diagrams0.shtm (first diagram under Tram systems). It's in metric but it's not hard to convert (reply if you need guidance).I have also tried to find the miles and chains for the tramway but it just comes up on this website as img many times but nothing else. Can anyone help me please?
Practically zero, I'm afraid. There's no daytime heritage service in operation, with just the Illuminations tours in the evening. Even if there was a heritage service in operation, it doesn't run past Cabin on 'ordinary' days.I’m thinking of heading up to Blackpool on Friday and getting the tram to Fleetwood, for lunch in the timeless Ferry Cafe. How likely is it that the Balloon cars will be in operation? Thanks.