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Trams of Blackpool I.

I must confess that I don't know much about english trams so I cannot comment on the history of the vehicles seen on these pages. I just like the way all these colorful and... well, yes, cute trams do their rounds on the seaside of Blackpool. An interesting place! I went there on a saturday, so I don't know if the mixture of different types of cars is normal or not. Before we start, I'd like to thank Tony Walmsley for his corrections and comments on this page!

The tracks and overhead wire aren't in best condition, I heard that a re-haul is in sight for the line, I wonder what that will involve...

A "Baloon" - as far as I can say, this is the most typical car type here. They were built by English Electric in 1933/34.

They come in different colors and flavours :-)

Of course there are cars without a balcony - the small chap was built by Brush in 1937.

The cars that look just like buses are the "Centenary" cars: they were introduced 100 years after electric trams started in Blackpool. Manufacturer: East Lancs, 1985/86.

The double-deckers seen so far were 4-axles with bogies, but the one on this picture is a 2-axle. It also sports a pole current collector instead of a pantograph. The car was built by Roberts in 1952, and was used originally in Sheffield.

The stairway to heaven. Well, not to heaven, but to the balcony :-)

And this is one of the two staircases of the "normal" double-deckers.

During one of our two rides we sat down on the "loft".

This is something we cannot do here in Budapest. It's fun!

Another doubledecker from this perspective.

Oh, and a tram-bus, too!

Another type of "normal" cars (normal=without a balcony): this is an English Electric "railcoach" built in 1933, and then rebuilt in 1960 with new front and rear.

Wow, that looks like a museum car!

It is one - a 1901 vehicle from Bolton.

As it seems the vehicle received some serious cosmetic surgery!

The loft...

... and the beach.

Look at the bogies: these are "maximum traction" trucks. They consist of a driven axle and another one, a smaller to stabilize the other.

The driver's place.

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