In Pictures: Aberdeen Horse Tram 1 on the move

One of the most northerly trams to exist in the British Isles has recently been on the move on a temporary basis. The tram in question is Aberdeen Horse Tram no. 1 which made the trip between its usual home at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford to the Aberdeen Science Centre, where it is to be on public display until October.

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Luas Cross City line starts testing

Saturday 17th June was a key milestone in Luas Cross City line project with the initial gauging runs taking place ahead of the line’s opening planned for the end of 2017. Two of the system’s Citadis 401 trams had been specially selected to undertake these first runs – with the city centre section of the line the first to see tram movements shortly after 0300 on 17th June.

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Another collision on Supertram

Saturday 24th June saw another low speed collision on Stagecoach Supertram with trams 110 and 116 coming together at Hillsborough Corner at approximately 1630. Damage to the trams only seemed to be minor and no injuries were reported that there was disruption to the Blue and Yellow routes as a result.

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Heaton Park get set for a Tramtastic day

The latest special event to take place at the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester will be a Tramtastic Day Out on Sunday 2nd July with an intensive tram service the main feature of the day.

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Picture in Time: Snaefell Mountain Railway 5

In this instalment of Picture of Time we are featuring the Snaefell Mountain Railway with a view of one of the six vehicles which has carried passengers up to the summit over the years although today it features new bodywork.

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Totally Models is a total triumph!

A few years after the last ‘Totally Transport’ event held on Blackpool’s New South Promenade, a brand new event was launched to take its place in late June 2017. ‘Totally Models’ was created to add to the existing June gold heritage tram operating weekend, and the first ever event was a huge success with crowds of visitors flocking to enjoy a fantastic model exhibition, as well as heritage tram tours, of course!

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Crich depot fund update

It has been a while since any updates were given on the project to upgrade the main tram depots at Crich Tramway Village, home of the National Tramway Museum – but that doesn’t mean that nothing has been happening! In fact, behind the scenes a lot of planning has been going on, whilst the appeal for donations to boost the money already raised by grant funding has now reached a very credible £20,000.

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2542

Heading back to 2000 today for Picture in Time as we feature one of several Bombardier CR4000 trams on Croydon (now London) Tramlink to have featured an advertising livery.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 700

In this edition of Picture in Time we are back in Blackpool as we take a look at the original Balloon Car – 700.

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In Pictures: Volks Electric Railway works continue

The Volks Electric Railway in Brighton currently remains closed with the “Saving Volks” project running behind schedule. The last reports suggested that it may run again in the autumn although no official word has confirmed recently whether this will be possible. What is known is that it will miss the main summer season for the first time since 1948. Work is now continuing as seen in this pictorial update from Tony Sullivan on 19th June.

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Manchester Metrolink service change: Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June

There will be changes to the service pattern on Manchester Metrolink over the weekend of 24th and 25th June to allow for further work to take place as part of the improvement package which is seeing two new substations installed on the network. The works will affect services on the Bury and Rochdale lines.

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Picture in Time: Leeds 525

Today Picture in Time is going back to 1958 for a view from Leeds Corporation Tramways with one of the Feltham trams transferred from London featuring.

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Dudley & Stourbridge 5 returns home

It has come to light that Dudley & Stourbridge 5 has recently returned home to the Black Country Living Museum, following a lengthy period spent in Wales where the tram has been undergoing a major overhaul. It is not known how long the tram has been back at Dudley, but it appears that the work is largely complete; certainly the tram appears to be structurally completed and it is also fully painted.

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Overhead problems cause delays for Midland Metro

Services on Midland Metro were disrupted on Saturday 17th June after a pole arm supporting the overhead wire near to The Crescent came down, bringing the overhead wires with it. Following this incident all trams from Grand Central were terminated at Wednesbury Parkway with a shuttle tram service initially provided from there to Priestfield (where services are currently terminating due to trackworks towards Wolverhampton).

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Picture in Time: Docklands Light Railway 22+58

In this instalment of Picture in Time we are back in London for another image from the Docklands Light Railway, this time coming from 2005.

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Trams lead the way for passenger satisfaction in the UK

It seems that if you want to satisfied about your morning commute the only way to travel is by tram! The latest Passenger Focus survey has shown that on average across the UK (except for on London Tramlink) passengers have given trams a 93% overall satisfaction score – similar surveys on the buses (87%) and trains (81%) have come in much lower.

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In Pictures: Another outing for Burton & Ashby 14

The latest open day at the Statfold Barn Railway near Tamworth provided another opportunity for enthusiasts to see and ride on Burton & Ashby 14. The tram was of course returned to service following careful restoration earlier this year, having been repatriated after spending well over thirty years based in Detroit.

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In Pictures: Metrolink 3022’s special livery

Last week we reported on Manchester Metrolink 3022 being named Spirit of Manchester and receiving a special livery featuring the worker bee which has become a symbol of the city since the tragic terrorist attack at Manchester Arena. With thanks to Steve Kemp we are now able to bring you photos of the new look tram.

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In Pictures: Trackwork begins on Midland Metro

The long six month closure between Priestfield and Wolverhampton St George’s on Midland Metro has begun as planned. The last trams ran the full length of the line on Saturday 10th June with the trackwork starting the following day with some progress already in evidence. Andy Walters provides us with a photo update.

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