Behind the Scenes

Awaiting Duty: 631, 680, 701 and 717 line up on the depot fan

The Blackpool Heritage Fleet resides in the 1935 built Rigby Road Depot which formed the main base of the tramway until the upgrade in 2012 when the new Starr Gate depot opened. Here are some glimpses behind the scenes.

Awaiting Duty: 631, 680, 701 and 717 line up on the depot fan

Awaiting Duty: 631, 680, 701 and 717 line up on the depot fan

Brush 632 awaiting rectification and return to use in the heritage fleet

Brush 632 awaiting rectification and return to use in the heritage fleet

Twin Set 676+686 was last used in 2004 and is stored pending future plans

Twin Set 676+686 was last used in 2004 and is stored pending future plans

Standard 143 is partially restored having been rebuilt from Engineering Car 753

Standard 143 is partially restored having been rebuilt from Engineering Car 753

Brush 287, latterly Permanent Way Car 259 was stripped for evaluation a few years ago and waits its original restoration

Brush 287, latterly Permanent Way Car 259 was stripped for evaluation a few years ago and waits its original restoration

Balloon 723 being stripped of its Sands Venue advert prior to use at the 130 Event celebrations

Balloon 723 being stripped of its Sands Venue advert prior to use at the 130 Event celebrations

Contrasting Balloons. 1990s 715, Routemaster liveried 701 and "B fleet" 711 line up on shed

Contrasting Balloons. 1990s 715, Routemaster liveried 701 and “B fleet” 711 line up on shed

Balloon 706 shows off the replica blinds produced for the fleet by Peter Watts

Balloon 706 shows off the replica blinds produced for the fleet by Peter Watts

Recently restored 680 gleams in the depot at the start of its life as a member of the heritage fleet

Recently restored 680 gleams in the depot at the start of its life as a member of the heritage fleet