Choo-choo – all aboard the Western Train Tram!
We all love the Illuminated Trams is the Western Train Tram your favourite?
The Western Train Tram is a twin car and has been sponsored by various advertisers over the years.
It had its first run in 1962 and had been withdrawn from service in 1999, and it stood derelict and forlorn in the old tram sheds at Rigby Road.
The Western Train Tram was always the most popular of the illuminated trams, with a design based on a Santa Fe train.
Originally it could blow smoke from the chimney, but as Blackpool can be a windy place it often blew into the face of queueing passengers!
Western Train Tram Back on the Tracks
In 2006, the Blackpool Gazette ran a public campaign to get this much loved tram back on the tracks. After a £278,000 Heritage Lottery grant it was back in action for the 2008 Illuminations Switch On evening.
The Western Train is still in service today and you can enjoy a ride on it with one of the special Illuminated Heritage Tram Tours.
Illuminated Heritage Tram Tours ONLY depart from the special tram stop at the loop opposite the front entrance to Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
The Western Train Tram is also used at Christmas time, to carry a very special passenger!
At weekends in December you can ride it along Blackpool seafront with Santa and lots of excited children.
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