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August Bank Holiday looks quite a weekend!

The August Bank Holiday weekend is often a period when there are lots of exciting things to keep the whole family occupied with the last vestiges of summer in the air (I'm sure you've all noticed how summer has really been hotting up over the past few days!). And in 2014 there will also be plenty to keep the tram enthusiast happy with events taking place in Blackpool, Crich and Southampton.

In Blackpool it will be the last daylight heritage operation of the year with three action packed days planned. Up until a couple of days ago it looked as if the highlights would be the return to service of Balloon 701 following a repaint into its Routemaster livery and the farewell tour for Pantograph 167 ahead of its return to Crich but then all that changed! Although not guaranteed yet - there are still some obstacles to overcome - it looks as though Coronation 304 may make a return to service becoming the first Coronation to carry passengers on the upgraded tramway and also the first VAMBAC operated tram to run. If all works out 304 will run on Monday 25th August. A full preview of the weekend can be found here.

Elsewhere this weekend there will be a three day Classic Transport Gathering at the Crich Tramway Village which as well as featuring the trams in service as usual will see a number of vintage vehicles of all shapes and sizes visiting and mingling with the trams. And if stationary trams are your thing why not pay a visit to the Southampton Maritime Festival where the three trams of the Southampton Tram Project will be on display for the second year in a row.

If you do happen to have a tram filled weekend please do not hesitate to send us any photos you have taken - any and all contributions are always well received!

In this weeks earlier than usual weekly update we bring you one more Photo Gallery as we feature a limited selection of photos from around Edinburgh City Centre of the new tramway which opened at the end of May (apologies for it being slightly lower in variety than we would have liked!)

Until next time, enjoy the update.

21st August 2014

Picture of the Week: Edinburgh Trams 274 & 272

On the cover this week we feature two vehicles from the Edinburgh Trams fleet at West End - Princes Street. 274 and 272 prepare to go their separate ways on a sunny 28th July 2014.
Photo: Gareth Prior

Upcoming Events

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd August: Southampton Maritime Festival - Southampton Dock Gate 4

Saturday 23rd-Monday 25th August: Heritage Tram Operation - Blackpool Tramway

Saturday 23rd-Monday 25th August: Classic Transport Gathering - Crich Tramway Village

Saturday 30th August: Illumination Tours start - Blackpool Tramway

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th September: Autumn Gala Weeekend - East Anglia Transport Museum

Full details of events for 2014 can be found on our Events Diary.

This page was last updated on Thursday 21st August 2014

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