Thursday, 21 September 2017

40 Years of Blackpool Atlanteans marked at Anniversary Weekend Event

Newly restored Atlantean 364 will be in use this weekend (Paul Turner)
This weekend sees the now annual Blackpool Heritage Trams Anniversary Event. A 15 minute frequency will run from Blundell Street to Squires Gate Airport on both days. Buses leave every 15 minutes from 1000 to 1645 from Manchester Square with stops at Pleasure Beach and Starr Gate.

Saturday will be popular with Atlantean lovers as no less than five are expected to be in use on the day, 40 years after the first Blackpool Atlantean arrived.

  • Blackpool 353 UHG353Y of 1982 (sadly now withdrawn due to defect)
  • Blackpool 362 A362HHG of 1983
  • Blackpool 364 B364UBV of 1984 - making its public debut following restoration - though it has done at least one private hire
  • Fylde 71 (OJI4371), of 1977 - celebrating its own 40th birthday
  • Fylde 45 (B75URN) of 1984
Blackpool Volvo Olympian 374 will also be in service in the morning, replaced by 364 in the afternoon. 

Sunday will see four buses in use with Atlanteans 45 and 362; Olympian 374 and AEC Swift 554.