Blackpool’s February Gold output announced

This weekend – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th February – sees the second special ‘Gold’ running weekend for Blackpool’s heritage trams with an impressive turnout of six cars per day planned. In addition, the Tramway & Light Railway Society are hosting a model tram show at the Lyric Hotel, and a temporary heritage tram stop will be placed near the venue at St Chad’s Road to serve this event and add further novelty to the occasion.

Continue reading

Posted in Blackpool Tramway | Leave a comment

Storm Doris shuts down heritage tours for a day

Wind gusts of up to 80mph battered Blackpool promenade on Thursday 23rd February, resulting in delays to the core tram service with LRVs operating at a lower speed than normal for safety reasons. The day’s heritage service was also cancelled entirely, the first time that this has ever happened due to adverse weather – although in fairness this is the first year that such a regular service has operated so early!

Continue reading

Posted in Blackpool Tramway | Leave a comment

Seating on the way for selected Supertram stops

Over half of the stops of Stagecoach Supertram are about to be upgraded with the addition of seating in the coming weeks. The work to install seating will be started from Monday 27th February and is being undertaken by South Yorkshire PTE in partnership with Stagecoach Supertram.

Continue reading

Posted in Stagecoach Supertram | Leave a comment

A step in the right direction for Brush car 298

Blackpool Brush Railcoach 298 is perhaps one of the more overlooked trams in the national collection. Some significant restoration work was undertaken on this tram, which was the very first of its class to depart from Blackpool for preservation in the 1970s, many years ago with a view to it being completed at Crich. However, despite moving to Derbyshire more than a decade ago no further work has been undertaken on the tram – but that looks set to change in the next few years!

Continue reading

Posted in Blackpool Tramway | 4 Comments

Work set to start on new Seaton Tramway terminus in October

Make the most of the Victorian terminus at Seaton this year as it looks as if by Easter 2018 it will be a distant memory with work on the redevelopment expected to start this October. The new Seaton Tramway leaflet has confirmed the news with a revised service set to operate throughout October and during the pre and post Christmas period including a shuttle bus service running between the old terminus and Riverside Depot.

Continue reading

Posted in Seaton Tramway | Leave a comment

British Trams Online homepage

We are aware of an issue on the British Trams Online homepage where a login screen is appearing as soon as you access this. Please do not enter any details in this box as it is not connected to the website in any way. If you have already entered details into this we strongly advise you to change your login details.

Posted in Site News | 8 Comments

Picture in Time: Blackpool Boat 600

Back to Blackpool for this edition of Picture in Time and we feature one of the popular Open Boat Cars. These photos date from 2007 and show the prototype of the class – no. 600.

Continue reading

Posted in Blackpool Tramway, Picture in Time | Leave a comment

Picture in Time: Manx Electric Railway 20

It’s time for another edition of Picture in Time as we delve into the archives and today find ourselves on the Isle of Man in 1992. The tram feature in this edition is Manx Electric Railway Winter Saloon 20.

Continue reading

Posted in Manx Electric Railway, Picture in Time | 1 Comment

Second interim report released in Sandilands derailment

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch have released a second interim into the tragic derailment at Sandilands on 9th November 2016. Although containing a lot of the same information has released in the initial report it does also include some new information as well as updating the investigation activities which have taken place so far.

Continue reading

Posted in London Tramlink | Comments Off

Pink on blue!

A little piece of history was made by Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours on Sunday 19th February when, for the first time ever, modified Balloon car 713 was used on the basic ‘blue’ heritage timetabled service. This saw the tram employed between Pleasure Beach and North Pier for the day, working two trips to Cabin, and the other tram used was sister Balloon 717. This was also the first time that a tram carrying an all-over advert had been used on the ‘blue’ service.

Continue reading

Posted in Blackpool Tramway | 11 Comments

Work starts in Preston

The much delayed and troubled Trampower project in Preston has taken a tentative step forward with the start of works to clear the old Preston to Longridge railway line. Plans are in place for a short demonstration line between Skeffington Road and Deepdale Street to be operated although no timeframe has yet been revealed.

Continue reading

Posted in Preston Trampower | 2 Comments

Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2550

We take a look at one of the original non standard liveries on Croydon Tramlink as part of today’s edition of Picture in Time with a view of 2550 in its First colours.

Continue reading

Posted in London Tramlink, Picture in Time | Leave a comment

Manx Electric Railway 125th anniversary celebration – more details announced

Whilst most of us are still waiting to find out what is going to happen in 2017 Isle of Man Railways are going one step further by already announcing some outline details of what they will be doing to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway – in September 2018!

Continue reading

Posted in Douglas Bay Horse Tramway, Manx Electric Railway, Snaefell Mountain Railway | Leave a comment

Another tram leaves the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Winter Saloon 27 has left the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway although unlike fellow Winter Saloon 28 which departed earlier this month this is just a temporary move to allow for the tram to undergo attention and it will be back at Strathallan again later this year.

Continue reading

Posted in Douglas Bay Horse Tramway | Leave a comment

Repaints continue on the MER

As previously reported on these pages the workshops at Derby Castle have been very busy over the winter period with repaints aplenty underway ahead of an exciting year of new looks for various cars in 2017.

Continue reading

Posted in Manx Electric Railway | Leave a comment

Bad week for Metrolink

It has been another week which has seen several incidents causing delays on Manchester Metrolink with two pedestrians being hit by trams, a Police van collision and a points failure all causing delays for passengers.

Continue reading

Posted in Manchester Metrolink | Leave a comment

RIP Bob Hill

Bob Hill, one of the leading figures of the Manchester Transport Museum Society and a hugely important person in the tram preservation scene, has sadly died. He was the MTMS President at the time of his passing, and had previously served as the Society’s Chairman on two separate occasions. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and those who worked alongside him at this very sad time.

Continue reading

Posted in Heaton Park Tramway, People | 1 Comment

Douglas horse trams to appear on TV

The Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is set to star in an episode of BBC1′s rural current affairs programme Countryfile on Sunday 26th February. This episode will see presenters Ellie Harrison and Joe Crowley visit a number of sights on the Isle of Man, including the unique tramway. This will no doubt be great publicity for the island, and in particular for this line which has endured such a turbulent time in the recent past despite being such a key part of Man’s history.

Posted in Douglas Bay Horse Tramway | 1 Comment

Picture in Time: Blackpool Twin Car 673+683

We have three photos of set 3 for you today as Picture in Time heads back to Blackpool with the feature tram being Twin Car 673+683.

Continue reading

Posted in Blackpool Tramway, Picture in Time | Leave a comment

Beamish trams on the turn!

February has seen not one, not two, but three of the resident tramcars at Beamish Museum placed on a low loader! However, none of the cars have actually left the museum grounds, but this was simply a means of turning each of them around to even out the amount of wear and tear on their wheels and other vital components.

Continue reading

Posted in Beamish Tramway | 6 Comments