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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro makes its mark

31 became the very first Urbos 3 to receive the new blue livery vinyls when it entered service during the evening peak on Monday 16th July and was then used in service again the following day. We featured the first images of the tram on Monday evening and now with it starting to make its full mark in service we again take a look at the tram in service.

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In Pictures: More on Tram-Train daylight testing

As we reported earlier in the week Tram-Train daylight testing has now got underway along the Network Rail line to Rotherham as preparations step up a pace for the start of the pilot service sometime later this year. 399 202 was the Citylink vehicle chosen for the task on the second day of testing – 17th July – as the below images from Stuart Cooke show.

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This week on British Trams Online

We have another couple of Photo Galleries for you to take a look at this week:

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Sold Douglas Horse Tram on the move

One of the trams sold by Douglas Borough Council at the time of the transfer of ownership of the horse tramway looks set to start a new life off the Isle of Man with pictures recently coming to light of it being loaded for a “long trip”. The tram in question is enclosed saloon 28.

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Picture in Time: Brussels 9062

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Scotland’s first – and still only – heritage tramway at Summerlee and in this instalment of Picture in Time we go back to beginning to see what the operation was like in those early days.

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In Preview: Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary

Six weeks today will see the start of a packed week of events on the Isle of Man to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway. With events on each day between Saturday 1st and Saturday 8th September it is the perfect opportunity for enthusiasts to head over to the island, whether this be the first time, if you haven’t been for a while or even if you are a regular visitor. Highlights of the week look set to be the official launch of Ratchet Car 14 back into service, intensive timetables (including the recreation of the 1975 timetable) and behind the scenes tours. In other words there will be lots to keep you entertained!

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Progress made on horse tram restoration at Beamish

A fairly low profile tram restoration which has been ongoing for a number of years at Beamish is that of the horse tram – a combination of Newcastle & Gosforth 49 and Leamington & Warwick 8. Work has been continuing recently in Beamish’s Regional Heritage Engineering Centre by a small team of volunteers.

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Blackpool to take advantage of events

Two interesting developments to report of in Blackpool – the first of which is on Sunday! To take advantage of the expected high visitor numbers Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will be operating four trams on Sunday 22nd July whilst a couple of weeks down the line Blackpool Transport will be introducing a Park and Glide service for visitors to the Airshow.

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Now Metrolink drivers balloted over possible strike action

Services on Manchester Metrolink could be set for major disruption with the news that drivers are currently being balloted over potential strike action in a dispute over pay. Despite the fact that talks are still ongoing between KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM) and Unite officials the ballot has been sent out to drivers asking them if they would be willing to go on strike over the issue.

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In Pictures: Latest Wolverhampton extension trackwork

Since we reported on the laying of the first track on Piper’s Row as part of the Wolverhampton City Centre extension further progress has been made with more track now in place. As we have mentioned previously the work on Piper’s Row is due to be completed by the early autumn with further work also now underway as the line makes its way towards the railway station. Andy Walters with the photos.

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In Pictures: Supertram rail replacement works continue

The latest phase of rail replacement works on the Stagecoach Supertram network are currently on Birley Lane with the worksite being just below Birley Lane tramstop. This area – the second area of give to be treated in 2018 – means that no service is currently running between Birley Lane and Halfway until Wednesday 8th August with a replacement bus service being offered instead. The Yellow and Purple routes are running to a normal timetable with Blue route trams only running Malin Bridge to Birley Lane. Stuart Cooke has supplied us with the below images of the latest work.

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Around the World in Trams: Grenoble 2046 & 2052

As we continue a look at trams from outside of the UK we go to the French city of Grenoble for a view of two trams in service.

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In Pictures: Overhead issue on Metrolink

It’s spreading! Manchester Metrolink has now suffered from an overhead problem with issues with the overhead at St Peter’s Square on the 2CC lines. The problem was first reported around 0700 with repairs completed to allow a normal service to resume around three hours later.

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In Pictures: Bluebird meets with its bogies

London County Council 1 – or Bluebird if you prefer – has been reunited with its bogies temporarily as the major restoration of the tram continues at Crich. The temporary fitting of the bogies saw the tram moved out of its long term place in the Workshop and into the depot yard to test for clearances.

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In Preview: Tramtastic Day Out at Heaton Park Tramway

Sunday 22nd July will be a Tramtastic Day Out if you happen to go to the Heaton Park Tramway with Blackpool Brush 623 due to return to service following its return from a year long loan spell in Blackpool. But that isn’t all that is planned for the day with three trams in service plus several trams will be on display – including Blackpool Replica Vanguard 619 and Stockport 5 as their respective overhauls continue.

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In Pictures: Daylight testing starts to Rotherham

Ever so slightly we are edging towards the start of the pilot Tram-Train service in the UK which will run between Sheffield and Rotherham. The latest milestone (how many times have we used that word recently!) in the project has seen the start of daylight testing along the Network Rail line to Rotherham Central and Rotherham Parkgate – a major component in the preparations for the start of services. There is still no official word as to when the service may start although late summer/early autumn is the expected start of the service which will see three train-trams an hour between Cathedral and Rotherham Parkgate.

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In Pictures: Its bye-bye to Blackpool for 623

Blackpool Brush Railcoach 623‘s period of operation back on its original home tramway has now come to an end, and after a year-long loan, the tram was transported back to Manchester on Monday 16th July. However, before it left it did enjoy a couple of high-profile outings, giving its many fans a final chance to enjoy a ride on the car in Blackpool.

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink

Today Picture in Time is heading to South London for an image from a tram on test on Tramlink.

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In Pictures: Lowestoft Trams at East Anglia Transport Museum

The East Anglia Transport Museum is the home to two local trams, both from Lowestoft. The more famous of the two is open topper 14 which continues to be restored in the depot whilst the second is in use as an exhibition and has recently enjoyed a repaint.

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In Pictures: Blue is the colour as West Midlands Metro new livery unveiled

Some three weeks after Midland Metro became West Midlands Metro the new livery has been unveiled and it would be fair to say its very blue! Battery fitted 31 is the tram which has received the vinyls first off with the tram entering service for the first time in the new look for the evening rush hour on Monday 16th July.

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