A Potted History
Until 2011 what we now call the “Heritage” trams operated the main Blackpool tram service between Starr Gate and Fleetwood, operating 364 days of the year. After the multi-million pound upgrade transformed the tramway into the light-rail system you see today, plans were made to retain a core selection of trams from the original system and return them to passenger carrying duties once more.
The success of the heritage operation was such that in 2015 a small team of volunteers were recruited to complement the Blackpool Transport staff in crewing the trams. This allowed for a significant increase in service, enabling even more people to take a trip on one of our magnificent vehicles! Our volunteer team has grown each year as we continue to increase the days and times we operate.
We were especially proud when, in 2020, we were awarded the prestigious honour of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups. You can read more about this here.
The Fylde Transport Trust assists Blackpool Transport to help support the future of our Heritage Trams. This includes plans that will see more trams restored and brought back to operational condition, expanding our fleet and bringing the history of Blackpool alive on the promenade once more.
Would you like to be part of our award winning team?
Could you help our customers “Travel Back in Time”? We are continually increasing and improving the service we offer and we cannot achieve this without growing our dedicated team of volunteers. We are looking for more people to join us.
You don’t have to live locally. Many of our volunteers come from some distance away and we are usually happy to work around personal circumstances providing you can commit to a reasonable level of availability.
We are currently recruiting for:
- Tram Crew (Drivers and Conductors)
- Customer Service Team Members
For more information, get in touch to help make our next season our best season ever!