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This week on British Trams Online

We have three more Photo Galleries for you this week as we concentrate on modern tram and light rail systems.

We have Part Two of our look at Manchester Metrolink to start with as we take take a trip on the newer lines to the Airport, Ashton-under-Lyne, East Didsbury and Oldham and Rochdale.

Then it's off to the capital with a small selection of photos from the Docklands Light Railway and then London Tramlink with a look at the second batch of Stadler Variobahn trams.

As we have now reached the May Day Bank Holiday weekend (not that the weather seems to have noticed!) we are in another busy period for the tramways of the British Isles. This weekend includes a Gold heritage timetable in Blackpool, Bands at Crich (including a tram service of course), Extramaganza at Heaton Park including an extensive tram service and an out of service tram on display whilst Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway replica tram no. 7 is once again due to be on public display again as part of the Llandudno Transport Festival. And let us not forget that Saturday 30th April sees the return of the Douglas Horse Tramway for the start of its 140th anniversary season.

This Bank Holiday weekend will also see the return of our LIVE coverage on Facebook with brief updates due on Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May.

* Please note the next main site update of British Trams Online will be on Sunday 15th May. But don't forget the News pages will continue to be updated throughout this period.

Gareth - 29th April 2016

Picture of the Week: Midland Metro 37

The early hours of Sunday 24th April proved to be another momentous occasion for Midland Metro as the first tram ran to New Street on test as preparations start for a start of public services on 22nd May. This photo shows 37 - chosen to perform the tests - at New Street during the testing.
Photograph by Andy Walters

Upcoming Major Events

Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May
May Day Bank Holiday Heritage - Blackpool Tramway

Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May
Bands at Crich - Crich Tramway Village

Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May
Llandudno Transport Festival - Llandudno

Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd May
Extramaganza - Heaton Park Tramway

Saturday 7th May
Wigton Motor Club - Crich Tramway Village

Wednesday 11th May
Great British Night Out - Blackpool Tramway

Saturday 14th May
Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles before 1985 - Crich Tramway Village

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May
Mid-May 40s Weekend - East Anglia Transport Museum

Saturday 14th May
Explore Seaton Branch Line Tour - Seaton Tramway

Sunday 15th May
Car Rally - Crich Tramway Village

Visit the Events Diary for details of all events announced for 2016.

This page was last updated on Friday 29th April 2016

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