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Renaming Blackpool Heritage Tram Reginald Dixon

Renaming a Blackpool Heritage Tram!

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours are a brilliant way to take in the sights and the Lights. Travel the promenade and enjoy an iconic, traditional part of Blackpool.

Vintage Tram renamed ‘Reginald Dixon’ after Blackpool Tower Organist

A historic Blackpool Tram has been named after Reginald Dixon. He was best known for his time spent as organist at the Blackpool Tower, holding the position in the famous Ballroom for 40 years.

Renaming Blackpool Heritage Tram Reginald Dixon

Reg, as he was commonly known, was a household name during his years at the Blackpool Tower. Live broadcasts of his performances were aired each week during the summer season for many years on the BBC Light Programme, now Radio 2.

Renaming Blackpool Heritage Tram Reginald Dixon
Renaming Blackpool Heritage Tram Reginald Dixon

The renaming took place at 2pm on Friday 6th August 2021. Reginald Dixon’s daughter, Jill Steel performed the honours, along with other members of the family. After the ceremony close to North Pier, an inaugural tram journey celebrated the occasion.

Blackpool is set to welcome a record number of visitors over the summer months. The Blackpool Heritage Tram team are acknowledging Reginald Dixon for his contribution to the promotion of Blackpool in times gone by. Reginald Dixons signature tune was ‘Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’ now synonymous with Blackpool and its rich entertainment history.

Reginald played the mighty Wurlitzer – which was built to his specification – for 40 years. He’s an icon of the famous ballroom to this day. He was much loved and admired for his talent and unique style of play. It’s a very fitting tribute in memory of this wonderful man.

Do YOU want Heritage Trams to Carry on Running?

Because vital funds are needed to keep Blackpool’s Vintage Trams running for years to come. And Blackpool Transport’s Heritage Department has launched a £1million fundraiser to build a new roof and preserve its fleet of Vintage Trams. Bryan Lindop explains…

Blackpool Transport’s Heritage Trams have been running for over 100 years. Most recently since 2014 as a visitor experience, led mostly by a team of volunteers. Housed and maintained at the Rigby Road bus depot, there’s an urgent need for funding in order to build a new roof and preserve these historic vehicles for years to come.

The million pound fundraiser is looking for donations from people all over the world. It will enable the first, most costly, and most important part of the restoration plans to begin. Namely the installation of a new roof.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours has served more than a quarter of a million customers over the past 7 years, playing an important part in Blackpool’s cultural, educational and heritage offering.

And the famous Blackpool Illuminations also depend on the show stopping illuminated trams to bring the seasonal event to life. All of which are operated from Rigby Road Depot.

Raising the Roof

Bryan Lindop is head of heritage at Blackpool Transport. He said “Replacing our roof is the first step on a journey that will secure the future for our famous trams in their rightful home. It underpins our strategy to develop a long-term vision for a visitor attraction. The roof is the most expensive single item on our To Do List. And it’s also the most essential to keep out the elements, protect the fleet and make the remaining repairs less onerous.

“The current building houses a fleet of more than 35 vintage trams. It’s in vital need of renovation. The roof must be completely replaced first in order to prevent water ingress. That must be followed by regeneration of the building to give better structural integrity and protect the trams from the torrent of Fylde Coast wind and rain.”

Keeping the Heritage Trams on the Tracks!

Until recent years there wasn’t a long-term intention for the transport operator to continue running Blackpool’s Heritage Trams. Renovation of the tramway and introduction of modern, light rail trams in 2012 replaced the operation of the old trams.

It’s only the dedication of volunteers and collaborative working with partners across the resort that’s enabled these vehicles to continue to run. Delighting residents and visitors to Blackpool’s seafront.

Bryan Lindop added “Whilst a million pounds is deceptively easy to say, I fully recognise it’s a big ask. But when all’s said and done, it’s a big roof! I have always believed in the incredible power of lots of people working collectively together for a common cause. A lot of people making a small contribution can have a major impact on the outcome. Will you help us raise the roof?”

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours – back from May 2021!

Yippee! The Heritage Trams will be out on the promenade again this Spring! Tours running from 29 May 2021.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours are back from 29 May 2021
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours are back from 29 May 2021

All Heritage Tram tours are now pre-bookable. This means you can now guarantee a seat on Promenade, Coastal and of course the famous Illumination Tours!

Three different types of tour are available:

The Promenade Tour

  • One hour tour
  • Boards ONLY at North Pier & Tower tram stop
  • Return travel between the Pleasure Beach and Bispham
  • Your booking is for a specific tour date and time. Please arrive at our North Pier & Tower (northbound) Heritage Tram stop at least 10 minutes before the departure time. No refunds or reschedules for missed departures.

The Coastal Tour

  • Two hour tour
  • Boards ONLY at North Pier & Tower tram stop
  • Return travel between the Pleasure Beach and Fleetwood
  • Your booking is for a specific tour date and time. Please arrive at our North Pier & Tower (northbound) Heritage Tram stop at least 10 minutes before the departure time. No refunds or reschedules for missed departures.

The Illuminations Tour

  • THE Best way to see the Lights!
  • Boards ONLY at the Pleasure Beach tram stop
  • Return travel between Pleasure Beach and Bispham
  • Your booking is for a specific tour date and time. Please arrive at the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram stop at least 10 minutes before the departure time. No refunds or reschedules for missed departures.

Did you know? That in 2017 you voted the Blackpool Tramway as the no 1 attraction in Blackpool on TripAdvisor?

Different trams from the Heritage fleet operate Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours on different days. On beautiful sunny days the open-top tram cars come out too!

Dogs on Heritage Trams

Well behaved dogs are welcome and travel FREE on Heritage Trams.

Dogs should be comfortable in a busy environment when travelling on Illuminations tours as they are all usually full.

Doggies do have to buy a ticket on the modern trams.

Enjoy Traditional Seaside Fish & Chips on a historic Blackpool Tram!

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours announce a unique tour experience for 2021. Enjoy a 75 minute tram tour along Blackpool Promenade and locally sourced Fish & Chips. The one-of-a-kind experience launched in July 2021 with tours on Friday evenings between July and November.

Enjoy Traditional Seaside Fish & Chips on a historic Blackpool Tram
Fish and Chips on a Blackpool Heritage Tram Tour!

It’s in partnership with The Cottage Fish & Chip Shop, one of Blackpool’s most famous fish & chip shops since 1920. You can enjoy a portion of locally sourced fish, chips & mushy peas whilst riding a historic Blackpool tram.

The traditional seaside meal will be freshly prepared and provided on board the tram part way through the experience. So you can sit back, take in the coastal views and enjoy a tasty meal.

Shane Grindey is marketing & commercial manager for Blackpool Transport. He said “We’re excited to announce this unique, beautifully Blackpool tram tour experience for 2021. Where else can you enjoy a ride on a vintage tram, with traditional fish & chips and a tour along our famous coastline?

It’s important to us that we work with a local partner to provide tasty fish & chips on board the tram. Working with The Cottage Fish & Chip means you will enjoy sustainable and locally sourced fish from an award winning restaurant.”

Tours are expected to sell out but you can reserve your seat online here

Take a look at the Heritage Tram Fleet

These are just some of the Blackpool Heritage Trams which you’ll see travelling along the promenade. Which one is your favourite?

Preserving History

The harsh winds and salty air plays havoc with the trams metalwork. Constant maintenance is required.

Did you know? That the Heritage Trams are all lovingly restored before going into service on our seafront tramway?

Look at this tram undergoing full refurbishment –

The Real Drive!

The Real Drive is the Blackpool Heritage Tram Driving Experience. It’s your chance to drive an iconic tramcar, built in the 1930’s!

Blackpool Heritage Tram Driving Experience
Blackpool Heritage Tram Driving Experience

After familiarisation, training and safety instruction, you can ‘take to the handles’ under the supervision of one of our friendly, experienced instructors. Drive along the famous promenade between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham.

Lunch, refreshments, exclusive souvenirs and a certificate are included. It’s a truly memorable day for yourself, or an amazing gift.

Gift vouchers available. Full details and dates available to book, at this link

Heritage Wedding Transport

Whether you’re planning a wedding or civil partnership, a Heritage Tram or Bus would be a talking point for years to come.

And, there’s an exclusive tram stop right outside the Wedding Chapel on the promenade!

Blackpool Heritage Trams Wedding Hire
Blackpool Heritage Trams Wedding Hire

It’s a personal service, tailored to meet your requirements. Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will put a bespoke package together to make your day one to remember. At least one months notice is required, and a non-refundable deposit.

Just get in touch with Emma on 01253 209521 or email heritage.trams@blackpooltransport.com and please mention you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

With Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours you can enjoy an experience like no other. Take a ride along the world famous Blackpool Tramway aboard a piece of moving history along the fantastic seafront of this world famous seaside resort.

Blackpool Heritage Tram
Blackpool Heritage Tram

Many of these original trams are over 80 years old. It’s a unique experience as nowhere else in the UK can you still ride a Heritage Tram on the line for which it was originally built.

All of the heritage Tramcars, are, by definition, old! They need tender loving care, maintenance, and in many cases restoration.

Many of them have been moved to different places, different collections, and different owners – so there are opportunities to bring some of them back home, restore them and, one by one, add them to the operational fleet.

Queen’s Award for Heritage Trams

In June 2020, Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours, part of Blackpool Transport Services, was honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It’s the highest award that a UK voluntary group can receive.

Queen's Award for Heritage Trams
Queen’s Award for Heritage Trams

The volunteers who operate Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours enable the protection, conservation and operation of a unique fleet of vintage tramcars on the tramway for which they were built. Their work widens public access to a rich part of the nation’s heritage. They’re also:

  • developing a wide variety of skills,
  • creating a major contribution to the welfare of their local community
  • and fulfilling the purposes of wellbeing, learning and education.

Did you know? That Blackpool is one of only two tramways in the world to operate double-deck trams?

Remarkable Volunteers

Head of Heritage, Bryan Lindop says: “I’ve worked with this remarkable group of volunteers for over 5 years. It fills me with great pride to see them achieve this pinnacle of national recognition. A lot of dedication, commitment, sheer grit and determination is needed to maintain their high standard of excellence.

“Volunteers, the public and the heritage fans come here to benefit from the feel good factor the trams create. They’re inspiring new generations to cherish and appreciate their heritage; to participate in something culturally unique and life affirming. By doing so, they’re ensuring that future generations will be able to continue to enjoy this inspiring public amenity.”

Well done to all of the team from Visit Fylde Coast.

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    1. Hi Julie, dogs travel free on Heritage Trams. However the illuminations tours can get very crowded so please make sure your pooch is comfortable in a packed house!

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