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Trams return to Meadowhall – but still no tram-train service

Yellow route trams are now able to run the full route again after an engineering survey was carried out on the tram bridge at Tinsley clearing this to carry trams once more. No trams had been able to run beyond Meadowhall South since Thursday 7th November thanks to a major deluge of rain led the level of the River Don to rise dramatically causing concerns over the structure of the bridge.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Boat 606

The final of the five trams to run at the Glasgow Garden Festival was also the only tram which wasn’t considered as preserved and the only “foreign” tram to make an appearance – it was Blackpool Boat 606.

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In Pictures: The rainbow fades on Metrolink

Each year at the end of August Manchester Metrolink decorate some of their trams to celebrate the city’s Pride event under the banner of #RainbowTram. But now as we are in November the rainbow has faded (in truth it failed last month) and those trams which had received the rainbow spots and rainbow stripes on the ends are back into standard fleet livery, including 3118 as seen in the below photo.

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Fare changes on Luas

Monthly and annual tickets on Dublin’s Luas tram network will go up from 1st December it has been announced by the National Transport Authority (NTA) in the first part of their fare determination. Cash and TFI Leap ticket price changes will be announced in February 2020 for application from the end of the following month.

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In Pictures: Sheffield pauses to remember

In keeping with the country pausing to remember those who have lost their lives in conflicts many tramways in the UK paused for two minutes on Monday 11th November at 1100 (when it was safe to do so) as a mark of respect. One such tramway was Stagecoach Supertram when not only did the trams come to a halt but also had special destination displays saying “Lest We Forget” as seen in the following pictures by Stuart Cooke.

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First tram runs on Trafford Park line

Initial testing has new commenced on Manchester Metrolink’s Trafford Park line with the first trams running between Pomona and Warren Bruce Road overnight on Sunday 10th November. This marks the start of extensive commissioning, testing and driver training which will take place over the coming months ahead of the line opening in the first half of 2020.

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In Pictures: 22 enters service on Metro

Despite the fact it has been fitted with batteries for a number of weeks, 22 has previously carried passengers but that all changed on Tuesday 12th November when it was pressed into service for the first time – becoming either the 15th or 16th battery operated tram to run! The reason for the either/or is that 34, which had only recently been noted as being fitted, has been reported as being used the previous day but we don’t have confirmation of this one way for certain just yet.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 700

This edition of Picture in Time again lands in Blackpool in 2007 and this time we take a look at the always popular first Balloon Car – 700.

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In Pictures: Metrolink stops get a makeover – Shudehill

We’ve already seen the ongoing work at Cornbrook as that key interchange stop gets a makeover but one stop which has already seen the conclusion of its own refurbishment project is Shudehill. Located between Victoria and Market Street on Manchester Metrolink’s original city crossing this stop was a later addition to the network and is located adjacent to a bus station which again makes this a fairly key interchange for the public making their way around the region by public transport. During September the stop was closed to allow the work to take place with trams continuing to run past the platforms but not stopping to allow passengers on or off. Steve Hyde’s photo update shows the work which took place.

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In Pictures: Autumn comes to Beamish

With the new bus garage at Beamish now completed on the exterior and work underway on final fitting out the buses have left the tram depot giving plenty of additional space there, almost making it seem empty on the far right hand side where once there were lots of buses! Beamish remains open every day up until Christmas and that means that the UK’s hardest working heritage trams are still required, including on Thursday 7th November when Sunderland 16 and Sheffield 264 operated around the tramway circuit as seen in the below photos from Trevor Hall.

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Tyne and Wear Metro continues to have problems

The next performance poster of the Tyne and Wear Metro is likely to be fairly interesting as there remains fairly regular service disruption, if their own Twitter feed is in anyway accurate.

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Around the World in Trams: Milan 4985

We stay in the Italian city of Milan for this latest foray into trams operating abroad.

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Crich help out Seaton with track

You often hear mention of how this tramway helps out this tramway regularly and this has again been seen in action with the news that the Crich Tramway Village have supplied some surplus track to the Seaton Tramway to assist the Devon line with a track relay taking place during their off season.

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Woman hit by tram at Robinswood Road

A woman in her 20s was taken to hospital with head injuries after she was hit by a tram close to the tramstop at Robinswood Road on the Manchester Metrolink line to the Airport on Thursday 7th November shortly before 1330. The woman – who was pushing a child in a pushchair at the time of the incident, the child received no injuries according to report – was struck as she crossed the tramway on the approach to the stop. The tram was heading towards the Airport having just left Wythenshawe Town Centre when the accident happened. The emergency services were swiftly on the scene and after treatment at the scene she was taken to hospital for further treatment. Services were suspended between Roundthorn and the Airport for over an hour whilst the incident was dealt with.

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This week on British Trams Online

We may be having technical problems with uploads but we still have another couple of Photo Galleries for you this week:

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In Pictures: 36 loses its adverts

It is still an ever changing scene on West Midlands Metro with livery changes seeming to be a constant occurrence and whilst there remains one tram, 19, which hasn’t yet gone fully blue this week has seen a livery change with 36 – which had been the first Urbos3 to feature external advertising – losing its My Metro App adverts.

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Picture in Time: Tyne and Wear Metro 4049

Today’s dip in the archives sees us return to the Tyne and Wear Metro as we continue to look around the depot during the 30th anniversary depot anniversary.

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More electrical supply problems for NET

Anyone got 50p for the meter?! Coming just a few days after the previous power supply problems on Nottingham Express Transit there was a further disruption to the service on Monday 4th November, although this time not as lengthy as the previous incident on 31st October.

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Performance goes down on Tyne and Wear Metro

After a couple of months where performance has remained at 85% on the Tyne and Wear Metro the latest four week period has shown a fall to 82% – which although a decrease from the previous period does show a big 8% improvement on the same time in 2018.

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Marking 70 years since the end of trams in Leicester

Today (9th November) marks the 70th anniversary of the closure of Leicester Corporation Tramways, a network which at its peak ran for almost 23 miles around the East Midlands city. To mark the anniversary we take a brief look back at the history of the tramway as well as at some survivors.

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