For the first time in 120 years Blackpool trams have ceased service totally whilst a major overhaul of the track is carried out.
Up until now any such work has been carried out whilst trams operated a single track service or a service on a limited stretch of track. This is the first time they are to remain in the sheds for any length of time.
There is talk of retiring the 1930s fleet, though it would need some major investment for a brand new fleet and then they wouldn't really be recogniseable as Blackpool trams either. Apart from transport enthusiasts, show most people a picture of a bus and they couldn't tell you where it was from unless it was a bright red London Routemaster. Show someone a picture of a Blackpool railcoach, balloon or boat tram and they can tell you immediately where it comes from.