Blackpool Trams 1968-1985 (Book)

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AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER, THIS TITLE IS DUE FOR RELEASE SPRING 2022 (See website and Facebook for updates)

Blackpool Trams 1968-1985 (Book) - update. 

I'd like to apologise for the late arrival of the Blackpool Trams 1968-1985 book.

As you may know, over the years, we've published many magazines, books and DVDs and generally they've been on time or within a reasonable timescale. With this book we've come across some unexpected delays. 

A number of covid-related problems have delayed matters, such as the uncertainty as to how quick it can be printed and delivered to us. This is normally about 3-4 weeks but could now be 7 or 8.

For the book itself, the colour correction and restoration of 40-year old slides and negatives is taking longer than expected. It's really important to get this right. It can be quite tedious at times but we don't do blurred, dirty, crooked or cropped images. It has to be a high standard and this takes time. This cannot be rushed or botched. 

Also, for research, the closure of Blackpool's reference library for most of 2021 hasn't helped the situation.    

On a happier note, when an unexpected source says "do you want to use my slides. I have about 450" - how do you reply? Obviously it's a yes, but this duly entails more scanning, restoration and research.

As it stands now, mid-January 2022, the book is about 80% complete. We're chipping away on a weekly basis. The plan is to go to print in March, with an April release and launch date.  

Due to the additional material the book will now be about 220 pages with 450+ images. The cover price will remain the same.  

A huge thank you is extended to everybody who has pre-ordered a copy. Your support is much appreciated. Please bear with us. This is going to be a great book. 

Nick Meskell

This is the second of a three-book series. It contains a collection of evocative and beautifully restored images of Blackpool's trams from the years 1968 to 1985.

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paper, hardback and thread sewn with 200+ pages and 400+ images - most of which are previously unseen and previously unpublished.

Working its way through 17-years of history, the book starts with a class-by-class look at the trams. Presented in numerical order from the 1968 renumbering, we start with the Boat cars and surviving Railcoaches; then the Brush cars, Coronation cars and Twin cars. All 27 Balloons are next, followed by the Illuminated cars and Works cars.

By 1968 the tramway had moved on from the route closures of early-1960s and driver-only operation was on the agenda with the 638 experiment in 1969, thirteen rebuilt Railcoaches from 1972; Jubilee car 761 in 1979 and the brand new Centenary car 641 of 1984.

Other significant tram events from this period which have a dedicated chapter include the first all-over advert cars in 1975 (every advert livery is shown); the 705 v 706 crash from 1980; the snow of 1981 and of course the wonderful Centenary year of 1985 - with the visiting cars and the 21-car procession.

Other chapters feature Blundell Street and Rigby Road depots; the fascinating winter period in 1972/73 with OMOs, Brush cars, Railcoaches and Coronations on the Fleetwood service; trams in trouble; rare moves; maps; timetables; track diagrams; fleet lists plus interviews with a former motorman and enthusiasts who were there in 1970s and 1980s.

More than 4,000 black and white and colour images have been sourced. The best 400+ will be used in the book. Every tram that operated in this period is pictured.

• Author - Nick Meskell
• Limited edition, certified, numbered and signed by the author
• Hardback (thread sewn)
• 200+ pages
• 400+ B&W and Colour photographs
• Publication - 2022 (See website and Facebook for updates)
• Printed in the UK. Supporting the UK print industry.

(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). 

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