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It seems as if it was a long time ago but we bring you photos from Simply Trams this week as we return with another update. Taking place on 1st September this event saw Blackpool & Fleetwood 2 return to service for one day only as part of the Anniversaries and Birthdays theme with the Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramroad opening 120 years ago this year. One of the highlights of this event - regardless of what it is called - is the display of long stored trams in the open for photos and 2018 was no different with Prague 180, Douglas Marine Head Drive 1 and the Manchester Horse Drawn Tower Wagon all displayed on the depot fan. Alongside an intensive operation of trams the event was eveything you have come to expect from Crich's special events. You can read more on the day here in our event review.

That event was rather overshadowed by the 125th anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway which saw eight days of events take place on the Isle of Man - and what a set of events they were! Our full and comprehensive coverage will be following at a later date - at least some will be added later this week - but suffice to say it was a well organised and excellent period of events. Highlights? The return to action of Ratchet Car 14 was obviously up there as was the Cavalcade of trams through Laxey but more of that next time.

Major tram events seem to be like London buses - as after a short break the next big one is upon us. The Anniversary Spectacular takes place in Blackpool on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September with an intensive timetable along with plenty of specials as the weekend will see everything which can run in service at some point over the two days. There will also be stored trams displayed at Rigby Road. More on that as the week progresses.

Until then please enjoy this update, and we will back very soon with more!

Gareth - 16th September 2018

Picture of the Week: Blackpool & Fleetwood 2

Highlight for many of Simply Trams at Crich on 1st September was the return to action for one day only of Blackpool & Fleetwood 2. Having not run since 2014 it was cleared for use to help celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramroad. With full loads throughout the day the tram operated both the first and last trips of the event. This view shows it pulling forward to Town End terminus at the very start of the day.
Photograph by Gareth Prior

Upcoming Major Events

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September
Anniversary Spectacular - Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

Saturday 22nd September
Meet the Trammers - Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September
Trolleybus Weekend - East Anglia Transport Museum

Sunday 23rd September
Driver's Eye Experience - Seaton Tramway

Visit the Events Diary for details of all events.

This page was last updated on Sunday 16th September 2018

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