Blackpool's "Western Train" Tram :: Shared Description

The iconic Western Train illuminated feature tram is arguably the most recognisable (and popular) of Blackpool’s illuminated trams. Its design is based on a Santa Fe train.

It is a twin car; the locomotive (fleet number 733) was constructed during 1962 on the remains of Railcoach 209. Half of the passenger saloon of 209 was retained and a boiler and locomotive cab were added. The carriage (fleet number 734) was a simple modification of 1928 Pantograph car 174, which was already sufficiently American in style to play its role as a classic western train carriage. The train, which has been sponsored by various advertisers over the years, was the first illuminated tram designed to carry advertising and was sponsored by ABC Weekend Television when it entered service for the 1962 Illuminations season.

The tram was withdrawn from service in 1999 due to its deteriorating condition and it stood derelict in the old tram sheds at Rigby Road until 2007 when it was restored with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Both vehicles were returned to their 1962 appearance externally, including the original historic ABC advertising. The train returned to use in 2008 and has continued to be a popular feature of the annual Illuminations.

LinkExternal link Blackpool Heritage Trust
by David Dixon
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SD3035 : Illuminated Tram Parade, Blackpool by David Dixon
SD3347 : Illuminated Tram on Lord Street by David Dixon
SD3347 : Illuminated Tram at Fishermans Walk by David Dixon
SD3348 : Western Train passes the Clocktower by David Dixon
SD3033 : Western Tram at Blackpool Pleasure Beach by David Dixon
SD3033 : Illuminated Tram at Blackpool Pleasure Beach by David Dixon
SD3347 : Western Tram on Lord Street by David Dixon
SD3348 : Western Train at Fleetwood Ferry by David Dixon
SD3035 : "Western Train" at Blackpool by David Dixon
SD3033 : Western Train Tram near Blackpool Pleasure Beach by David Dixon

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Created: Fri, 22 Nov 2019, Updated: Fri, 22 Nov 2019

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