“Tourist trams win one year reprieve,” via Blackpool Gazette.

Was glad to see this: “Tourist trams win one year reprieve – Business – Blackpool Gazette.

As the Gazette reports, Blackpool Transport had told Lancastrian Transport Trust to move 13 vintage trams out of Rigby Road depot by the end of the month or face seeing them scrapped.

Blackpool Councillor Tony Williams, deputy leader of council’s Conservative group, proposed the motion to stop the trams from being sold off.

“I’m asking you to support the heritage of Blackpool, because the threat of scrapping trams is unforgivable,” Mr. Williams said.

While his motion underwent amendments to his motion, the happy news is that it appears the trams will remain at Rigby Road depot for another 12 months, council leader Simon Blackburn said.

There were a number of interesting, thoughtful and plain amusing comments from readers on this Gazette story.

One said “the shiny new boxes we are getting like you can see in several cities are for designed for commuters” and thus “they are the wrong ones for Blackpool.”

In classic colloquial fashion was this riposte: “May I remind everybody them trams are !!!!! BLACKPOOL !!!!!!”

In other news, my recent post about the possibility of Toronto streetcars coming to Blackpool (or more precisely, Fleetwood) under another tram preservation scheme has been answered in the negative. While I have not been in contact with members of the organisation, a journalist with knowledge of the situation assured me that there are no plans to bring Canadian cars to the Fylde Coast.

Alas.

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