The Fylde Tramway Society (FTS) is fundraising to enable the restoration of Blackpool’s iconic open-top Balloon tramcar 706, ‘Princess Alice’.
706 requires a new underframe and major body repairs and will be restored to 1985 condition.
Funding of £50,000 is needed to return this iconic Blackpool tram to Heritage Tour service.
Please help to restore this unique vehicle to her rightful place on Blackpool’s famous Promenade. A donation of any amount will be very gratefully received.
We welcome donations of any amount but anyone donating £100 or more will receive:
- A ‘thank you’ certificate acknowledging your donation
- ‘The 706 story’ souvenir booklet
- Large photo print of ‘Princess Alice’ 706 by Gary Mitchell
- Complimentary tour of Rigby Road workshops to inspect progress on the overhaul of car 706
- Advance notice of plans for re-launch of 706 following its overhaul
To support this work
If you wish to make a regular financial contribution to the fund by bank standing order, please email the FTS for further information.
A brief history of 706
Princess Alice was one of 13 open-top trams when originally delivered in the 1930’s as part of the updating of the Blackpool tram fleet. During the war the open-top trams were all enclosed to provide all-weather transport for the troops stationed in the area and they remained that way for many years. Unfortunately 706 was involved in major damage in an accident in 1980 and had to be taken out of service.
The perfect opportunity arose in 1985 on the occasion of the centenary of the Tramway to recreate the original open top tram as part of the celebrations; hence Princess Alice was born. It was not reproduced to the original drawing yet remains a unique vehicle loved by millions of locals and visitors.
After many years of being one of the most popular trams on the tramway, and surviving the 2012 upgrade of the Blackpool Tramway as part of the Heritage Fleet, 706 had to be withdrawn from service again in 2015 but this time for major overhaul. In fact, on further detailed inspection, it turned out to be an even larger overhaul than first envisaged and so this appeal was created.
Although much effort has already been made there is still substantial work left to do before this wonderful tram can once more delight thousands as it makes its way along the Prom through sunshine and illuminations.