Authentic 1970s makeover for Blackpool ‘Balloon’ No. 715

BLACKPOOL ‘Balloon’ car No. 715 has undergone a partial repaint at Rigby Road depot into authentic 1970s livery with full green cab surrounds, complete with period advertising. 

On one side it carries an advert for CIS Insurance (pictured), while on the other is a classic advert for Blackpool Zoo. 

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The Fylde Transport Trust-owned car has also received attention inside, losing its modern advertising and having its woodwork re-varnished as per 1970s condition. 

No. 715 re-entered service on May 25 and here passes the Metropole Hotel before pausing at North Pier en route to the Pleasure Beach on June 22. IAN DIXON

Read more News and Features in the August 2019 issue of The RM –on sale now!

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