"IS LIVERPOOL 762 TO VISIT BLACKPOOL FOR TOTALLY TRANSPORT?
Sunday 8 January 2006
Negotiations have commenced between Blackpool Transport, the Merseyside Tramcar Preservation Society and the Lancastrian Transport Trust for the possible short term loan of Liverpool 762 to Blackpool for the 2006 Totally Transport event in June.
Totally Transport was run for the first time in 2005 and the LTT (as organisers of the event) are looking to build on the success. Over 500 vehicles and 15,000 visitors flocked to the event on Blackpools South Promenade last June and it is hoped the addition of visiting classic trams will add further to the interest the event seems to provide.
If the deal does go ahead the cost of transporting 762 to Blackpool will be funded by a series of special tram tours, aimed at both the normal public and tram enthusiasts, before the tram takes centre stage at the event to be held on Sunday 25 June. The tram would most likely stay in the resort for 3-4 weeks to allow for commissioning, driver training and the aforementioned tours.
If this does go ahead the organisers of the event should be congratulated for adding more interest to tram events in the UK! Full details on this story can be found at Blackpool Trams.info.
Source: Paul Turner from Yahoo! Groups Blackpool Transport"