United Kingdom : July 1982
Blackpool, a famous
resort for British holidaymakers, retained its trams whilst other
British cities closed their systems and by the 1960s, was the only
traditional tramway left in operation. Although some urban routes
were closed, the long run along Blackpool's seafront, passing two
piers, the famous Tower, countless amusement arcades and the large
sandy beach survived both as a tourist attraction and an important
local transport link. The line runs northwards along the Fylde coast
to Cleveleys and Fleetwood.
A feature of the Blackpool tourist season is the "Illuminations",
when , at the end of the main summer season, the sea front is
brightly decorated and lit up with thousands of coloured lights.
Blackpool's tram fleet has always include "Illuminated" trams of
various guises, plus open trams for tourist trips.
Although Blackpool embarked on a fleet modernisation programme in the
1980s, the limited finances of this relatively small town, meant that
only limited numbers of new trams, substantially built in the
undertaking's own workshops with technical support from local bus
body manufacturers, were introduced. The backbone of the fleet
remained single and double-deck trams dating from the
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