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Beamish put on a show - again!

I spent a thoroughly enjoyable two days at Beamish last weekend with the Great North Steam Fair in full swing. Obviously the main reason for my visit was seeing the loanee Blackpool trams Pantograph 167 and Railcoach 280 but the Great North Steam Fair is so much more than a few trams running in service, it is about all the different varieties of transport around the site including four separate railways, buses and lots and lots and lots of vintage vehicles on the road with many of these steam powered. And it is all of these other vehicles which actually make the transport events at Beamish and help to create some unique photo opportunities - where else can you take a photograph of a tram alongside a Sentinel Steam Waggon?

We have a gallery of photos from the two days I spent at Beamish as part of our update this weekend with images not just of the trams but also of the other vehicles, just to give you a true feel of the event (indeed trams feature in less than half of the 44 photos - oops!)

As we reach Easter for another year things start to pick up at a lot of the UK's heritage tramways with major events taking place at Crich, on the Isle of Man and, of course, in Blackpool where it is the first heritage tram operation of the year. Last Friday saw a mass movement of trams between Rigby Road and Starr Gate Depots due to access issues at Rigby Road and this week we also have a gallery of images from that movement thanks to Bradley Jones.

On Saturday 19th April we should have more "LIVE" coverage on Facebook with the heritage operation in Blackpool being the focus of our attention and then at our next update a full gallery of images from the day will be added to this website.

18th April 2014

Picture of the Week: Blackpool Railcoach 280

One of two visiting trams at Beamish during the Great North Steam Fair was Heaton Park's Blackpool 280 and it is that tram which features as our cover image this week. It is seen at the tramstop in the town as a Sentinel Steam Waggon passes by.
Photo: Gareth Prior

Upcoming Events

Until Sunday 20th April: Heritage Tram Service - Blackpool

Friday 18th to Monday 21st April: Rush Hour on the Railways - Isle of Man

Sunday 20th & Monday 21st April: Easter 1940s Event - Crich Tramway Village

Monday 21st April: Blackpool running day - Heaton Park Tramway

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

This page was last updated on Friday 18th April 2014

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