Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Authentic blinds fitted for retro look

Fitted in time for 715's operation on the day of Totally Transport, Sunday 26th June, were white on black destination blinds. Both blinds were salvaged from Twin cars when they were fitted with fluorsecent blinds some years ago. It adds further to the retro-1970s look of 715.
* Picture from John Eyres collection on flickr

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Tram tour & Shareholder trip

Blackpool Transport crests, the correct fleet numbers fitted and bumpers were painted green in time for 715 to make its debut on a tram tour and shareholders trip on Saturday 25 June. Although painted in the pre-1977 shades of green & cream, 715 is now looking superb and a big change from the gaudy "Metro Coastlines" light blue & yellow. During the day, the LTT's Brush Railcoach 632 operated alongside 715 between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham.

Finally, a big thank you to all shareholders who are involved in 715 and made the preservation and repaint project possible.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Into service - but not quite as planned...

715 returned to service on the Promenade today, gleaming in green & cream but not quite as we expected. Unfortunately, the tram has been repainted in the pre-1977 shades of green and cream, not the post-1977 green & off-white as requested to match our Brush car 632. Also, the bumpers, lifeguards and trucks remain unpainted and incorrect fleet numbers have been applied - not the ones being supplied by LTT!

Friday, 3 June 2011

715 emerges from paint shop

Shareholders and other enthusiasts will be delighted to know that 715 emerged from the paint shop today looking superb in green & off white livery - just as it did 30 years ago. Unfortunately, the blanket ban on depot photographs prevents us from showing you the finished result, but hopefully 715 will be back on the tramway soon. Fleet numbers and crests have yet to be fitted.