This special edition of the Blackpool Tram DVD looks at the final days of Heritage tram operation in Blackpool.
Starting on Saturday 22nd October, we pick up the action at the start of the busy half-term week with various trams in service. The day starts with Centenary cars on Little Bispham service, filmed at Norbreck and Bispham and as the day moves on, double deckers come into traffic. As darkness falls, 715 makes an appearance on specials, joined by Twin Cars 672+682 and 675+685. 147 and 733+734 work Illuminations tours.
The final weekend
Full coverage of the final weekend of the old fleet starts with the first trams on Saturday morning at North Pier. 632 and the hit-listed Centenary cars get the day going in fine sunny weather and 147, 600, 715 and 717 are used on enthusiasts tours. As the sun sets, the trams are filmed from the newly opened prom at Tower with 761 and 762 (last day of service) on specials and all the Illuminated cars.
Coverage of the final day (6th November) begins with a bath for 672+682 prior to working an enthusiasts tour and all the morning service cars are filmed leaving the depot at Rigby Road – the final time it will used for this purpose. On the prom in glorious sunshine, many of the trams are in service for the last time with footage from Pleasure Beach and then Little Bispham in the afternoon including 715 and 675+685 on a tour. As darkness falls, the cameraman moves to The Metropole, recording some of the Centenary and Brush cars on their final journeys to depot. Unexpectedly, 672+682 take over from 711 at Foxhall at 21.15. See the Twin coming into service, over the crossover and to Pleasure Beach. After this, 715, 675+685 and 761 run into depot for the last time, filmed on Lytham Road. With just a handful of trams left in service, 672+682 provide the highlight of the evening and are filmed on their final journeys. Just before midnight, it’s back to Manchester Square as cars 718, 672+682, 709 and 720 make their way to depot. As midnight strikes 707 is last tram in and after 126 years, it’s all over!
Produced by - Train Crazy
Running time - 100 Minutes
Quality guarantee: The programme is professionally produced with a stereo soundtrack, informative commentary and digital editing.