Starr Gate to Fleetwood: Open Top Blackpool Tram Ride
Open Top Tram Ride
The entire 60 minute, 11.5 mile tram journey from Starr Gate to Fleetwood, filmed from the top deck of open top Streamliner 706 'Princess Alice' on a fine sunny day. This non-stop journey passes all the points of interest along the prom in Blackpool and through to Fleetwood. See numerous other trams pass by as we work our way north.
In addition to the main journey there are 55 minutes of bonus features:
Travel over parts of the route not normally used in passenger service including:
Little Bispham loop
Pleasure Beach loops
In and out of the tram depot.
A detailed look at Balloon car 706, includes:
- See how a tram is driven
- Have a look around the driving cab
- Watch the trolley arm and trolley wheel
- Destination blind wind-through
- And some odd but interesting things underneath which nobody ever sees!
Four extra journeys:
- Broadwater to Thornton Gate filmed from the lower saloon
- Little Bispham to Bispham at track level - filmed on a superb low 'bumper' camera
- Bispham to North Pier filmed from a fixed camera inside the drivers cab
- One final journey from South Pier to Tower filmed from the top deck but instead of looking ahead, the camera takes the tourist's view and faces the sea, capturing the piers, sandy beaches and incoming tide.
It wasn't easy to make this DVD - as you will find out!
How was this DVD made:
We hired 706 'Princess Alice' for two days during early May and filmed the entire tramway twice, from south to north. The best journey (the second one) made it on to this DVD.
With a video camera on a tripod - to ensure a smooth and steady journey - we filmed from dead centre of the top deck, right at the front. The camera carefully follows the line around the various curves and loops with smooth panning to stay on track. 706 was not in passenger service so the tram only stopped at the required road junctions and traffic lights.
One of the problems of filming on the top deck is excessive noise. With the tramway running parallel with a road for most of the route, the noise of traffic can be annoying. To overcome this, we recorded live sound from the lower deck and mixed it together with the live sound from upstairs. The end result is a fantastic soundtrack with the growl of the motors and the rumble of the wheels mixed with the hiss of the trolley and the rush of passing air. The combination is superb!
Our chosen filming days were blessed with fine sunny weather which brought the best out of Blackpool and Fleetwood. From the long sandy beaches and incoming tide through to the cliff tops at Bispham, the green fields of Rossall and the pink blossom in Fleetwood.
The programme is professionally produced with a stereo soundtrack, informative commentary and digital editing. The DVD is commercially pressed with a full interactive menu, scene selection and chapter points.
Duration: 120 minutes
Download size: SD=2.3GB
Producer: Train Crazy
Also available to buy on DVD - click here.
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