Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blackpool Balloons

Commissioned in 1933, "Balloon" tramway cars were built by English Electric during 1934 and 1935, the first being presented to Blackpool on 10 December 1934. 27 were delivered, of which thirteen were open-topped.

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8 comments:

Warren Zoell said...

WTF?

Warren Zoell said...

if you ever get the opportunity check out "Britain's Greatest Machines with Chris Barrie". It is an excellent documentary series.

Lord K said...

To Warren:
Thanks for the tip. Regarding your first comment, I failed to understand the question.

Warren Zoell said...

I was remarking at the oddity of the vehicle as I have never seen this before. WTF? means "What The F$%k?"

Lord K said...

I know the meaning. Surprised to know you never seen it before. Balloon tramway cars are quite famous - not as famous as London Transport doubledeckers, of course. Here's a nice report from Blackpool in a friendly blog.

Warren Zoell said...

I've seen doubledecker buses before just not sitting on a rail.

Lord K said...

Sure.
British doubledecker trams are very special. It's a pity some of them are gone forever.
And if today you want to take a ride on such a tram, just go to Hong Kong.

Warren Zoell said...

Actually here in Edmonton we have a couple of doubledecker buses driving around as restaurants. Serving you guessed it "Doubledecker burgers".