As already reported, a further 150 unseen and unpublished large-format negatives from the 1950s became available just as the book was nearing completion. Amongst them are some absolute gems - which need to be included. Reorganising the layout, writing new captions and restoring the images will take a few weeks, so the publication and launch of the book will now take place on 16th November. The launch will take place at the New Blackpool Tram Shop from 10am and the author will be present to personally sign any copies. The intention is to mail-out all pre-orders the day before. If you'd like to pre-order, or call in on the day to collect a copy, we are extending the £5.00 off promotion up to and including 16th November. Thank you for your support.
Announcing the first of three new books dedicated to Blackpool's trams.
This new book contains a collection of evocative and beautifully restored images from the heyday of Blackpool's illustrious tram system, previously unseen and previously unpublished.
Limited to 1,000 copies each book will be certified, numbered and personally signed by the author. Printed on coated super-glossy thick art paper, the book is hardback and thread sewn with 200+ pages and 350+ images.
Working its way through 17-years of history, the book starts with a class-by-class look at the trams. Starting with the Standards followed by Toastracks, Pantograph cars and Boat cars, both Series 1 and 2 Railcoaches are included then Balloons, Brush cars, VAMBACs, Coronation cars, Twin cars, Illuminated cars, Works cars and then some exotic cars!
Included are stunning images of Railcoaches on Lytham Road and Marton; Brush cars passing on Dickson Road; VAMBACs on the Marton route at South Pier, Royal Oak, Whitegate Drive, Talbot Square and in Blackpool town centre; images inside Marton, Bispham, Blundell Street and Rigby Road depots; celebrity cars 208 and 303; brand new trailers; rare images; tours; Boats on Squires Gate Lane bridge; a Brush car reversing at Highfield Road crossover; Balloons on Marton; Standards in the scrap line; a VAMBAC at Fleetwood; a Pantograph car on Squires Gate lane; a Standard at North Station; Twin car motors with destination boards; The Lifeboat; The Gondola; ABC TV filming cars; the trolley reversers at North Station and Royal Oak in use; Dreadnought 59 and Rack 2; maps; timetables; track diagrams; fleet lists; interviews with people who were there in 1960s and so much more!
Eleven years in making, more than 600 black and white and colour images have been sourced. The best 350 will be used in the book.
If you can't make the launch or want to reserve your copy now, advance orders are being taken. With a cover price of £35.00, all pre-orders received before the launch will qualify for a £5.00 discount, and this will include postage to any UK address.
You can order now online, by phone, by calling in at the Blackpool Trams Shop or from the various Videoscene stalls at tram and railway events.
• Author - Nick Meskell
• Limited edition, certified, numbered and signed by the author
• Hardback (thread sewn)
• 200+ pages
• 350+ B&W and Colour photographs
• Publication - Autumn 2019
(Please note due to the size and weight of this book, there are additional charges for delivery to Europe and the rest of the world).