Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Looking Back at 374

Its 2000 and 374 is nearly six years old as it swings out of Bold Street at Fleetwood while working on service 14. It still retains its as delivered coat of green and cream  (PT collection)

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Collection Round Up


374 snug in its new home near Accrington (Mark Whitehead)

2017 has seen some house moves and two of the collection out on the road. Blackpool Volvo Olympian 374 has seen most use, most recently at the Blackpool Tramway Anniversary event, while Fylde Atlantean 71 returned to use at RVPT's excellent Lytham Hall event. Both are now awaiting winter work ready for a full event season next year. 374 also has a new home at Town and District Transport Trust's premises near Accrington.

Fylde Atlantean 44, preserved in 2015, has been on the move this year. After storage in Bolton it moved earlier this year to Keighley and more recently Bingley. It is expected to receive a replacement engine over the winter to allow it to return to use, initially in its current black livery pending a future repaint.
44, sadly is only mobile under tow presently. Hints of BTS green and cream are visible on the front. (Mark Whitehead)

Fylde 'Paladin' rebody 7 is due for inspection soon to determine the work needed to return this unique vehicle to the road. 

The firth collection vehicle Fylde Seddon RU 47 - one of only two RUs left remains in store for now but we hope work can start on this in due course.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Blackpool Tramway Anniversary Weekend

71 parked up in Blackpool Transport's yard (Paul Turner)

Two members of the collection were booked to provide vintage bus rides at the annual Blackpool Heritage Tram's Anniversary weekend on 23/24 September. A 15 minute frequency free bus service ran from Rigby Road Depot to Blackpool Airport via Pleasure Beach and Starr Gate. Olympian 374 was booked for both days; Atlantean 71 for the Saturday.

Sadly 71 suffered air system problems on its way to the event and missed its turns. Its now being fixed. 374 ran on Saturday morning and all day Sunday as planned. Another Fylde Atlantean - the last of all - 45 (B75URN) also ran both days, while Blackpool 364 (B364UBV) made its event debut after restoration.
374 between trips (Richard Hughes)