What’s New on British Trams Online? 3rd December 2023

A return to Crich for a second selection of photos taken at Tram Weekend:

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15 Years Apart: Blackpool Balloon 717

“15 Years Apart” is back for the fifth year as we take a look at two photos of a certain tram – one in 2008 and one in 2023. In this series there will be trams which look different and trams which more or less look the same as they did across the two photos. The first edition this year goes to Blackpool and it’s a tram which falls into the second category! It is Blackpool Balloon 717.

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In Pictures: A chilly Ride the Lights gets underway at Carlton Colville

Once again weekends in December in the lead up to Christmas will see the East Anglia Transport Museum open their doors for “Ride the Lights”. This will see the museum offering tram, trolleybus and railway rides with special lighting displays also in place to bring festive cheer to all who take the trouble to visit.

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Engineers highlight importance of track welding standards

At the latest meeting of ethe UKTram Engineering Group the topic of track welding methods was discussed with improvements identified as an effective way to improve operational performance on the nation’s tramways.

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Out and About: Pleasure Beach advert in Blackpool – August 2023

The early part of August 2023 saw Blackpool Pleasure Beach take out their first full advertising contract on the modern tramway with Flexity2 012 receiving a vinyl wrap for the attraction. And its that tram which features in our latest “Out and About”.

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The Completely Random A-Z of Trams in the British Isles! D is for Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Its edition four of our A-Z of Trams in the British Isles and the letter we take a look at is D.

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Manchester Metrolink Then & Now: Cambrian Street

It is time for another edition of “Manchester Metrolink Then & Now” and this time the during construction and once trams were running images come from Cambrian Street on the East Manchester Line.

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West Midlands Metro Managing Director appointed

Sophie Allison, who has been Interim Managing Director of Midland Metro Limited (MML) for two years, has been confirmed in the Managing Director role on a full-time basis.

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The Completely Random A-Z of Trams in the British Isles! C is for Crich

Our A-Z continues as we reach the letter C.

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In Pictures: Little Bispham loop and the King Charles Garden

If you regularly visit Blackpool you may notice over the past year or so there has been activity within the Little Bispham loop. Local volunteers led by Cllr Paul Galley have been working on tidying up the grassed area and are in the process of creating the “King Charles Tram turning circle garden”.

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Tram of the Year 2023 – nominations are open!

It is that time of the year again as we launch the British Trams Online Tram of the Year contest for 2023! Once again we will be looking to find the “Tram (Heritage)”, “Tram (Modern)”, “Tramway/Museum” and “Event” of the Year – and now is your chance to help with the formation of the shortlists for each of these categories in what has again been a year where we have been waiting for certain things to happen but they haven’t quite got to the finishing line just yet.

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In Pictures: Hansons Bridge is coming down

Further progress on the West Midlands Metro extension to Dudley and then Brierley Hill has been seen at the start of December as work to install the last bridge of the first phase of the project entered a new stage – the removal of the old structure. The bridge – known locally as Hansons Bridge – is on Birmingham New Road and as with previous bridges on the route needs to be replaced by a more modern structure ahead of the laying of tracks.

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Around the World in Trams: Port de Soller 1

The December stop in our worldwide tour of trams is Port de Soller on Majorca as we take a look at some of the trams in service on this heritage tramway which first started to run in 1913.

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NET support Nottingham Girls’ High School Junior School charity ramble

Students and staff from Nottingham Girls’ High School Junior School have raised more than £1,400 for the BBC’s Children in Need fundraiser about taking part in a six mile ramble. They were supported in the ramble by Nottingham Express Transit who supplied them with complimentary tram passes to get to the start of the route.

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The Completely Random A-Z of Trams in the British Isles! B is for Blackpool

Part Two showcases the letter B and where else did you think we would feature for the second letter of the alphabet!

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Man taken to hospital in Oldham

A 19 year old man was taken to hospital on Tuesday 28th November after being hit by a tram in Oldham. In a statement Greater Manchester Police said the main had been hit by the tram on King Street in Oldham Town Centre at around 1100 and was taken to hospital having sustained serious head injuries.

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Crich Tramway Village appoint new Fundraising Manager

Roger Shelley has been appointed into the crucial role of Fundraising Manager at the Crich Tramway Village. In this role Roger will be responsible for helping the museum secure funding to allow them to continue development of the facilities as well as the tram fleet.

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Repairs to take place on overhead in Edinburgh

At the end of last week it was revealed that owing to an overhead line fault at Newhaven trams on the Edinburgh Trams network were only able to run between the Airport and Ocean Terminal. Now seven days on and an update has been provided which has confirmed that repairs are necessary.

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Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1010

“Picture in Time” moves to Manchester as we start a series of photos taken in the early days of the Metrolink network.

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The Completely Random A-Z of Trams in the British Isles! A is for Anniversary

In this latest photographic series – and as part of our usual December celebration month – we will be featuring “The Completely Random A-Z of Trams in the British Isles!”. The premise is quite simple, each day the series runs (obviously as there are only 26 letters in the alphabet and 31 days in the month it won’t quite be featuring every day during December) we feature a photo that represents that letter – some are more obvious than others, in fact some letters we could probably have run a complete series on its own!, but we do have something for every letter in the alphabet. There may some more obvious examples for some of the letters but this is mainly what first came into my head when planning the series! To start us off we have A is for Anniversary.

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