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Old September 13th, 2011, 04:25 PM   #361
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Are the wires higher from the ground in Blackpool, to allow double decker trams to use the line?
If the hight is the same, does that mean you could get double decker trams on any tram network?
Yes, you could also run a double decker tram in Manchester City Centre too as the wires there are higher so double decker buses and lorries can safely pass underneath but outside the on road sections it is lowered to normal rail height and a double decker tram couldnt get under many bridges on the wider network.
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Old September 15th, 2011, 09:57 PM   #362
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Found a couple of HD video's on Youtube that you guys may enjoy

This video is of them building on of the new Flexity 2 trams

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yexsRSVoQrM

And a few of the new tram running around

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOkrudSFZUU
So a truck load of iron and plastic goes in the back, gets formed, stuck together and painted, and a tram comes out the front/ Superb! Great videos, and a great-looking tram. Boy, am I jealous!

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Do you think they`ll ever re-open the fleetwood line?
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The Preston and Wyre Railway society want it reopened as a hybrid heritage/branch line service connecting with National Rail services at Poulton. The trackbed and line exist as far as just past the tip at Fleetwood. Beyond that point there is probably room to slot a single track as far as Freeport. Of course the more obvious solution might be string up some 600v catenary and link up with the tram in Fleetwood on street as far as the ferry.

Currently there is some very significant residential development going on around Burn Naze that is going to be reliant on utilising the A585 Amounderness Way (originally designed for half the current traffic) to get off the peninsular. A reinvigorated branch could go some way to alleviating this additional demand. However any non-developer led project is doomed at the moment, as neither Lancs County Council or Wyre Borough Council have the personnel, drive or desire to push through anything of this ilk.

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Don't be so gloomy! One day, someone in the DfT will realise just how many people live on the route of that line. It's passed Grip Stage 1. Presumably, Thornton would need a bridge instead of the level crossing, but nothing that can't be done with the political will. Oh, hang on, I see the problem.

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Ah, good old Blackpool! It looks like it's on the cusp of a new dawn, and good luck to it! We all owe a great debt to the home of "Progress" for holding on to its trams throughout the dark decades. Without it, I would never have had my lifelong fascination from childhood holidays.
One of my favourite buildings of all time was Yates's Wine Lodge, (even through a haze of Bismarck Port in the 1980's!) Please, please build something nice in its place, to restore the architectural balance of Talbot Square . . .

Oh, and please replace the clock in that lovely little art deco building at Little Bispham !!
Hear hear JDR! I remember childhood hols before we moved to Cleveleys, in the same way. And late teenage nights out often began at Yates, or the Yacht Club, as we called it. You could get loaded on Aussie All-Ins dirt cheap, before moving on to Jenkinsons.

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Old September 16th, 2011, 04:34 PM   #363
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Don't be so gloomy! One day, someone in the DfT will realise just how many people live on the route of that line. It's passed Grip Stage 1. Presumably, Thornton would need a bridge instead of the level crossing, but nothing that can't be done with the political will. Oh, hang on, I see the problem.
Alas, the DfT has zero interest in actively reopening local railways. All projects undertaken in the recent past have been pushed forward by local government in one form or another. Considering that Lancs CC's interest in this sort of thing of late has been limited to the developer funded station at Buckshaw Parkway (a site much larger and further down the line in terms of development that Burn Naze), I'm not sure how much impetus there is in terms of getting trains back to Fleetwood.

Also, I'm fairly sure that a lack of political will is not the issue regards building a bridge (why?) at Thornton. The lack of room certainly is however

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Old September 19th, 2011, 05:26 PM   #364
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Alas, the DfT has zero interest in actively reopening local railways. All projects undertaken in the recent past have been pushed forward by local government in one form or another. Considering that Lancs CC's interest in this sort of thing of late has been limited to the developer funded station at Buckshaw Parkway (a site much larger and further down the line in terms of development that Burn Naze), I'm not sure how much impetus there is in terms of getting trains back to Fleetwood.

Also, I'm fairly sure that a lack of political will is not the issue regards building a bridge (why?) at Thornton. The lack of room certainly is however

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As to why a bridge, no new or re-opened rail line can have level crossings, so one will have to go over the other. If it still had the barriers, and a few goods trains a year, it would be OK.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #365
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As to why a bridge, no new or re-opened rail line can have level crossings, so one will have to go over the other. If it still had the barriers, and a few goods trains a year, it would be OK.
I'm fairly sure that this is not the case - anecdotal evidence includes the Ebbw Vale line (last freight service 2003, reopened to passengers 2008) features at least one level crossing. Indeed the Ffestiniog's 2011 CTL (Cross Town Link) in Porthmadog is a "new" level crossing in terms of alignment (if not purpose).

I'll drag through the ORR's August '11 Level crossings guide when I get chance.

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Old September 21st, 2011, 01:54 PM   #366
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I'm fairly sure that this is not the case - anecdotal evidence includes the Ebbw Vale line (last freight service 2003, reopened to passengers 2008) features at least one level crossing. Indeed the Ffestiniog's 2011 CTL (Cross Town Link) in Porthmadog is a "new" level crossing in terms of alignment (if not purpose).

I'll drag through the ORR's August '11 Level crossings guide when I get chance.

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I'm not sure about re-opened lines but I thought that new level crossings weren't likely to be approved. The Welsh Highland may have got away with it as I think its classed as a light railway.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 01:16 AM   #367
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Here's a few holiday snaps from aday out yesterday. We were hoping to see the new tram under test, but unfortunately there was no sign of it. HOWEVER, one of the drivers told us it was due to be out on Friday 7th, possibly even further North than just the test track between Starr Gate and Pleasure Beach . . .























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Old October 5th, 2011, 11:29 AM   #368
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Aah... Is it just me or is there something magical about double decker trams that modern ones just can't quite match...?
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Old October 5th, 2011, 12:46 PM   #369
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Yes you're right Martin. Not at all convinced by the typeface they've chosen for the station signs though.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 10:51 PM   #370
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Aah... Is it just me or is there something magical about double decker trams that modern ones just can't quite match...?
I think Blackpool in general has something special about it. Been too long since I was last up there.

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Yes you're right Martin. Not at all convinced by the typeface they've chosen for the station signs though.
They remind of Southeastern station sign down here (just a lighter blue on the trams). Would have thought they'd have picked purple to match the new trams.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 11:14 PM   #371
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So what's the latest with the Blackpool tramway? How much of it is still to reopen and what are current timescales looking like..?
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Old October 9th, 2011, 06:56 PM   #372
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Hi martin.

At the moment, it is only open between Pleasure Beach <> Little Bispham, but they are also using the Southernmost section, between Pleasure Beach and Starr Gate, as a test track for the new trams.

The whole system will close down for the Winter on 6.11.11, and hopefully re-open fully from Starr Gate <> Fleetwood next April 2012.

I guess this will free up the whole alignment for testing during the Winter months. Marvellous!
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Old October 9th, 2011, 07:44 PM   #373
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Ooh great stuff! Really can't wait to see the new sleek trams mingling with the old double deckers!
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Old October 24th, 2011, 11:45 PM   #374
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Anybody know if this bus stop located next to the North Pier is still in use you, can see from this photo how it is disrupting the tram service.
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photo taken during the 125 years anniversary celebration September 2010.

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Old October 25th, 2011, 12:43 AM   #375
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Hi metrogogo, the area has been redesigned, so the tram tracks and road have been seperated from each other around the Metropole so a bus stopping there now doesn't intervene with tram movements.
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Thanks Zim, that should solve the problem.

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This photo shows how the the bus as pulled up across both tram lines with disruption in both directions.

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Old October 27th, 2011, 02:15 PM   #377
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As a South Yorkshire boy, it's great to see that Sheffield Corporation Tramways Roberts car out and about in the first picture above - one of the pleasures of Blackpool that I hope still features after the conversion to light rail's complete.
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Old November 17th, 2011, 04:47 PM   #378
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Another tram delivery today during daylight hours this time.










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Old November 17th, 2011, 06:59 PM   #379
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Fantastic shots there matey!!! Can't wait to take a trip to Blackpool to see these bad boys in action.
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Old November 18th, 2011, 11:19 AM   #380
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How many of the older trams are fitted with the new bus like doors?
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