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How about some good news?

There can be some weeks when British Trams Online can become a bit of a chore with various bits of bad news coming our way which then have to be reported on but this week has definitely been anything but with two very good pieces of news breaking. First up we had the very welcome news that Newcastle 114 was to join the Electric 50 celebrations at Crich on loan from Beamish - becoming the first tram from another heritage tramway to run on loan at Crich. The Electric 50 event (13th/14th September) looks set to be one of the highlights of the year as not only do we now have 114 visiting but Blackpool Balloon 711 is already there on loan for the year, Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 will be making the trip shortly and Blackpool Pantograph 167 will also be back on "home" tracks by then as well. In all it is expected that up to 25 trams a day will run in passenger service and there will be a Cavalcade on each day as well.

Meanwhile the second piece of good news concerns Manchester 173 which is to play a key role in World War One commemorations when it makes the trip to Morley, Leeds on 2nd August and will be decorated as a recruiting tram - a key piece of tramway history not often considered. The imagination of the Leeds Transport Historical Trust and the Manchester Transport Museum Society (the owners of the tram) in arranging this short-term should be applauded. There is always a fine line between celebrating occasions such as this and commemorating them but if events such as the Remembrance Weeekend in Morley do not take place how do the next generation learn about the past?

This week we have just the one further Photo Gallery for you (blame the Farnborough Airshow taking place outside my window for that!). Photos comes from the Seaton Tramway and include images of 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 17. We still have more photos to come and these will follow in the next few weeks.

Please note there will be no main site update of British Trams Online next weekend (26th/27th July).

20th July 2014

Picture of the Week: Manchester Metrolink T68s 1007 & 1016

On Monday 26th May a charity Farewell Tour to the Manchester Metrolink T68s took place using 1007 and 1016. The two LRVs are seen at the Sheffield Street turnback behind Piccadilly Station following the end of the tour as they prepared to run back to Queens Road Depot.
Photo: Steve Hyde

Upcoming Events

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Friday 1st August: Pirate Day - Seaton Tramway

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August: August 1940s Weeekend - Crich Tramway Village

Sunday 10th August: Trams & Transport Sunday - North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust

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

This page was last updated on Sunday 20th July 2014

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