The Fylde Transport Trust (FyldeTT) is the guardian of a unique collection of buses and trams spanning over 80 years of public transport history.
Our origins are rooted in the Lancastrian Transport Group, established back in 1983. The expanding collection was converted into a Trust in 1996 and then in 2000 the Lancastrian Transport Trust became a Registered Charity. To better reflect the focus of the organisation, the charity was renamed the Fylde Transport Trust in February 2018. In January 2020, the FyldeTT merged with the Blackpool Heritage Trust to consolidate the heritage assets on the Fylde coast into a single charitible organisation.
Our objectives are to preserve a representative collection of vehicles to portray the development of public transport on the Fylde coast and showcase these in a visitor attraction.
As well as preservation we attend local events where we operate shuttle services. We also attend charity and community activities. Click here for more details.
The coronovirus pandemic is having a severe effect on the lives of everyone and we hope that you are keeping safe and well.
The lockdown will also have adverse financial repercussions for transport museums and events which will lose the income which keeps them going. The suggestion that if we intended to visit we should send a donation instead is to be applauded. Many now have emergency funds on their website or social media. Of course, this is not addressed to anyone suffering loss of income, but with no spending on social or leisure activities many of us are financially no worse off, or may even be better off.
The FTT also will suffer loss of income, including donation buckets on heritage bus services at Kirkby Stephen, Tram Sunday, and other running days; planned tram tours using Standard 143, Balloon 715 and Brush Car 621; occasional use of a Trust bus on a wedding; and open days being considered at Brinwell Road depot. Closure of Sightseeing Manchester’s open top tours and cancelled Wedding Buses hires mean that benefactor and trustee, Philip Higgs, is less able to subsidise the rent on the FTT’s part of the shared depot at Brinwell Road.
So at a time of reduced income the Trust is having increased costs. Temporarily, reserves should cover this, but given the long time the coronavirus pandemic is likely to last, there is an urgent need to raise more revenue. Please will you help?
The best way to boost the Trust’s on-going resources is to donate a monthly standing order. Even a small amount makes a big difference if enough of us do it. What can you afford? £6 per month is only 20p a day, £10 per month is less than 35p a day, whilst 50p a day equates to £15 per month. We are extremely grateful to the 31 donors who already support the Trust’s in this way. Please will you join them?
To set up a standing order is easy. With internet banking you can do it yourself of course. Alternatively, please download a form using this link Giving to the FyldeTT
If you don’t have a printer please email for a paper copy to firstname.lastname@example.org . Or write to your bank yourself including all the relevant details.
Whichever way you chose, please, please do it! ..... Then at the end of the coronavirus crisis the FTT will still be fighting fit and raring to go again.
Our bus collection has become highly focused on the preservation of vehicles from the Fylde coast, embracing the fleets of the former Blackpool Corporation, Fylde Borough Transport, Lytham St. Annes Transport and Ribble Motor Services. Click here to read more.
Our tram collection is housed at Rigby Road depot courtesy of Blackpool Transport Services. As each tram is restored it will be placed on loan to BTS so that they will be able to use it as part of their Heritage Trams Operation. Details of their activities can be found on their facebook page. Click here to find out more.
Currently, agreements are in place for Balloon 715 and Brush Car 621, which regularly appears on the Promenade, and Standard 143. Our restoration focus is currently focussed on Railcoach 279, recreating a genuine 1934 English Electric Railcoach.