Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramroad No. 2

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Blackpool and Fleetwood 2

Photo: Jim Dignan

When the Blackpool & Fleetwood tramway opened, in 1898, it was more like a North-American inter-urban service as the two separate towns had relatively little habitation between them – very different from today’s urban sprawl. For many years the tramway itself was physically separate from its southern neighbour’s in Blackpool. As a relatively high capacity single deck ‘toast-rack’ car, Blackpool & Fleetwood 2 was well-suited for such a service and must have offered excellent views of the extensive coastal scenery.

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Blackpool & Fleetwood 2 at Fleetwood Lighthouse. M.J. O’Connor, 9/7/1960.

In its early days the operation of the tramroad more closely resembled a railway than a conventional street tramway; signalling involved the use of red and green flags and the tramcars themselves originally carried American-style oil lamps in place of the more typical electric headlights.

Specification

Type of tram
Electric single deck 'toast-rack' tram
Livery
Brown and cream
Seating capacity
Initially 48, later increased to 56 by allowing 4 people to ride on each platform.
Date built
1898
Manufacturer of body
G.F. Milnes & Co.
Manufacturer of truck
Milnes Plate frame bogies
Gauge
4’ 8½”
Motor
GEC 1000 2 x 35 hp
Controller
BTH B18 (Originally K10)
Current collector
Trolley Pole (Fixed head)
Modification

Repainted in Blackpool Tramways livery in 1920 and renumbered as 127; subsequently repainted in green and cream livery

Withdrawn from service

22 October 1938

Subsequent history

Used as works car/snowplough until at least 1951

Restoration history

Given a cosmetic restoration in its original livery to celebrate 75 years of Blackpool Tramways in 1960 Ownership transferred to Crich Tramway Museum in 1963.

Current status
Restored in operational condition. but not currently commissioned for service.
Date started operating at Crich
1964
Total mileage covered at Crich
22,406
Current location
Depots
Timeline
  • 1898 – 1919Fully operational on original tramway
  • 1920 – 1938Fully operational on original tramway but under different ownership
  • 1938 – 1939In storage
  • 1939 – 1951Operated as a works car, serving as snow plough in 1940
  • 1951 – 1960In storage
  • 1960 – 1964Occasional service as a restored ‘heritage’ tram on original tramway
  • 1964 –Operational at Crich

Crich Tramway Village is a brand name for the National Tramway Museum (Accredited with Arts Council England), solely owned and operated by The Tramway Museum Society, incorporated in England with liability by guarantee (no. 744229). Registered charity number 313615. Our ICO number is Z6700136.