130th anniversary – behind the scenes

English Electric Railcoach 279 and Brush Railcoach 287 (or 259, or 624!) were displayed in the Fitting Shop, which today serves as our main heritage workshop. In the foreground are a pair of Balloon car bogies undergoing overhaul.
OMO 8 was positioned in the Paint Shop. It carries the original OMO car livery of sunshine yellow and crimson red, or 'plum and custard', as it was more commonly known!

OMO 8 was positioned in the Paint Shop. It carries the original OMO car livery of sunshine yellow and crimson red, or ‘plum and custard’, as it was more commonly known!

Our 130th anniversary celebrations seemed to prove incredibly popular with all, with a record breaking number of people enjoying a ride on our heritage trams! We were blessed with great weather over the two days, allowing us to run our popular open top trams alongside the enclosed types, and our ‘star of the show’, relaunched Twin car 675/685 performed faultlessly!

Our 130th anniversary celebrations seemed to prove incredibly popular with all, with a record breaking number of people enjoying a ride on our heritage trams! We were blessed with great weather over the two days, allowing us to run our popular open top trams alongside the enclosed types, and our ‘star of the show’, relaunched Twin car 675/685 performed faultlessly!
The amount of work that took place behind the scenes to allow us to stage the event must not be overlooked, and we owe a great deal of thanks to everyone who helped us out. This included our tram crews (both paid and volunteer staff), engineering team members, our operational supervisors and depot controllers. Also, our office staff who processed the bookings for our depot tours, sorted out our sales items and then staffed the ‘shop’ tram at North Pier over the two day event. Thanks are also due to all management and directors, including our very own MD, Jane Cole, who conducted tram 700 on the depot shuttle service on Sunday 27th.
Mention must also be made of the heritage bus service, and we are indebted to the vehicle owners for making their preserved buses available, and to the volunteers who crewed them on each of the days.
Our depot guides also did a fantastic job in showing visitors around both Starr Gate and Rigby Road depots. We do understand that many people were disappointed not to be able to get a ticket for this event, such was its popularity, and we hope to be able to run depot tours again at future events.
For all our followers, whether you were able to attend or not, we present a selection of photographs of the workshops at Rigby Road as they were seen by our visitors. We hope you enjoy them . .

English Electric Railcoach 279 and Brush Railcoach 287 (or 259, or 624!) were displayed in the Fitting Shop, which today serves as our main heritage workshop. In the foreground are a pair of Balloon car bogies undergoing overhaul.

English Electric Railcoach 279 and Brush Railcoach 287 (or 259, or 624!) were displayed in the Fitting Shop, which today serves as our main heritage workshop. In the foreground are a pair of Balloon car bogies undergoing overhaul.

Brush 287 was partially stripped a few years ago to assess its condition for eventual restoration to original 1937 condition. The trolley tower in the foreground is from Coronation 663

Brush 287 was partially stripped a few years ago to assess its condition for eventual restoration to original 1937 condition. The trolley tower in the foreground is from Coronation 663

 A compressor, a pantograph, a hand wheel brake and a Twin car coupling were some of the items on display for visitors to see.


A compressor, a pantograph, a hand wheel brake and a Twin car coupling were some of the items on display for visitors to see.

In the Body Shop were Standard 143 and Atlantean bus 364 - the last of 64 of the type supplied to Blackpool Corporation up to 1984. The bus has been retained and will join the hire fleet once finished.

In the Body Shop were Standard 143 and Atlantean bus 364 – the last of 64 of the type supplied to Blackpool Corporation up to 1984. The bus has been retained and will join the hire fleet once finished.