Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Fourth Blackpool 1977 Photo Album: 1

Another photo album full of photos taken in Blackpool in 1977. We've already seen two articles from it of the Jubilee Air Show and this time we turn to the tram tracks for my content.

I'll start with a tram that was only painted in this particular livery for just that year, 1977 being the Queen's Silver Jubilee year! Brush car 634 was chosen the previous year to be painted in a special livery to mark Blackpool Corporation's centenary anniversary and the design forms the basis of the Silver Jubilee livery.

Boat tram 605 stands temporarily empty at the Pleasure Beach loop.

The resting point between journeys also gives us another chance to admire the special livery for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Brush car 632 on the Promenade heading north towards the Central Pier, sports a more basic and more familiar colour scheme.

And to wind up this article, a handful of photos of maintenance car 753 at Starr Gate. This had been built from Standard tramcar 143 in the 1950s.

By 1977 it was barely the bones of the Standard car it had once been. The top deck had been removed and an inspection tower installed. A bus engine and generator allowed it to work independently of the power lines.

I'm not sure how many of these albums I have altogether. Over 30 certainly, but of course they are not all from 1977. And many of the photographs in them are prints from negatives that I may have already scanned and shown. But there's a couple more articles to come from this one yet.

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