What’s New on British Trams Online? 16th September 2021

This week we have photos from Sheffield again as well as a trip to Beamish:

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Chase the Tram charity event in Nottingham

Saturday 18th September will see around 30 runners taking on the Chase the Tram challenge in Nottingham to help raise vital funding for the Rainbows Hospice which looks after terminally ill children.

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Seats for new Metro trains arrive in north-east

The first samples of the seats that will be installed in the new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro have arrived in the region and they have now been stored by Nexus along with the life-sized Metro cab mock-up, with the hope that both will be able to be put on public display next year at a series of roadshows.

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In Pictures: Metrolink works at Victoria

This summer has been a busy time for engineering works on Manchester Metrolink. Earlier in the summer there was major work on the Eccles line whilst there has also been work taking place in Manchester City Centre and at Victoria leading to several different closures to allow the work to be completed safely. Mid-September has seen further work at Victoria which has necessitated the closure of the usual inbound platform (platform A) while the Second City Crossing (2CC) is closed with trams unable to access this line from Victoria during the work.

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Metro performance on the up

The latest performance statistics poster for the Tyne and Wear Metro has recently been put up at stations across the network and it shows that performance has increased on both the previous four weeks and the same time last year.

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More details announced for Blackpool Anniversary weekend

Its not too long to go until the Blackpool Tramway Anniversary weekend which as usual takes place over the weekend closest to the tramway opening on 29th September 1885, which this year will be Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September. This year there will be the return of hop-on, hop-off heritage tram tours along with heritage bus tours and the chance to see behind the scenes at Rigby Road Depot.

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In Pictures: Good progress on Birmingham City Centre trackworks

Its now been seven weeks since West Midlands Metro services through Birmingham City Centre were suspended to allow for the installation for the new delta junction linking the current line to the Eastside extension as well as the track relay along Corporation Street and into Stephenson Street where the Grand Central stop is located. During this time excellent progress has been made and all the pre-cast concrete units are now in place with work now underway on the welding of the track and the pouring of the concrete.

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Tram Day is back at Crich – this Saturday!

It seems to have been a long time (two years in fact!) but Saturday 18th September finally sees the return of Tram Day at Crich with up to 14 passenger trams due to be in service during the day plus the usual photo line-ups and Works Cars in action on the mainline as well. And if all that isn’t enough for you passengers will also be able to get on and off trams at Glory Mine all day!

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In Pictures: Points failure at Cathedral leads to Tram-Train and Purple route changes in Sheffield

Sheffield Station/Sheffield Hallam University became a temporary terminus for trams on the Tram-Train and Purple routes on Sunday 12th September after a points failure at Cathedral. Services were affected for around five hours from mid-afternoon while the fault was repaired.

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In Pictures: Trams back at Beamish – including weekdays!

When trams returned to operation at Beamish on Saturday 4th September it was expected that the rest of the month they would be restricted to weekend only operation – but on Monday 13th September that assumption was proved wrong as passenger services resumed seven days a week operation!

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Strike dates confirmed for Manchester Metrolink

Manchester Metrolink services look set for severe disruption on four dates in September and October after members of Unite the Union voted in favour of walking out in a dispute over a new pay offer for drivers. Described as “pitiful” by the Union the offer was made after months of negotiations and is said to equate to a real terms pay decrease.

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Whatever Happened To? Crich Tramathon 2005 – Leeds Tower Wagon 2

Another Works Car which ran at the 2005 Crich Tramathon was Leeds Tower Wagon 2, a vehicle which is now stored in the depots but at that time had been commissioned for service.

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Cavendish Road

And on we go northbound on the Blackpool Tramway taking a look at the stops of the tramway reaching Cavendish Road in this edition of “Stop by Stop”.

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In Pictures: August Bank Holiday views from Crich

In this pictorial update we head to the Crich Tramway Vuillage on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August. This was the day when the track fault was discovered preventing trams from travelling any further north than just beyond Victoria Park (a fault which has now been fixed and after a couple of weeks with short running saw full services resume on Saturday 11th September)  but these images come before then. We see trams at Glory Mine and also take a quick look at Wakebridge where the recently restored Bradford Cabman’s shelter can be seen. Keith Chadbourne took the following photos.

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Reliability and punctuality hit on NET

As with many transport systems in the UK the months of July and August were a challenging period for Nottingham Express Transit with high staff absenteeism (relating to Covid self-isolation) leading to a fall in reliability and punctuality. The latest report to the Greater Nottingham Light Rail Transit Advisory Committee has given more details of the problems experienced.

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 12th September 2021

This week’s main site update again brings you two new photo collections with images taken recently on Manchester Metrolink and at the Seaton Tramway:

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In Pictures: Metrolink 3130 arrives in Manchester

After a couple of weeks where there were no new M5000s waiting to enter service on Manchester Metrolink, the latest tram has now been delivered to Queens Road Depot with 3130 turning up in the standard late morning/lunchtime Saturday slot on 11th September 2021.

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Confirmation of four more Metro trains ordered

Nexus have now confirmed the additional order of four trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro network to bring the total that Stadler are manufacturing for the network to 46. An initial order of 42 was announced last year and there was the option of an extra four, subject to receiving government funding for the Metro Flow project which now confirmed means its full steam ahead for a total of 46 trains to be built by Stadler in Switzerland for introduction in the northeast from 2023.

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Around the World in Trams: Amsterdam Works Car

For the next few editions of “Around the World in Trams” we are heading to Amsterdam in the Netherlands during 1983 to take a look at what was out and about on the lines at this time.

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Exchange Square to close for improvement works

There will be no trams running via Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing (2CC) for a week from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th September with improvement works taking place at Exchange Square tramstop.

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