Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloons

Having gone 30 years into the past last week, this week we go even further back in time as we have an image taken 50 years ago in the summer of 1967.

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2CC to be used for Altrincham-Bury services on 22nd October

One of the benefits of the Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing (2CC) is to be seen again on Sunday 22nd October with extra services running via the line because of engineering works on Mosley Street.

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In Pictures: Volks Electric Railway returns

As we reported at the weekend the Volks Electric Railway resumed services on Saturday 14th October after over a year of inaction as a result of the “Saving Volk’s” refurbishment project. Although works are not sufficiently advanced to allow trains to run along the complete line they are now able to run between Aquarium and Halfway with volunteers from the Volks Electric Railway Association assisting with crewing.

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Ophelia does her worst causing Luas and MER suspensions

Services on both Luas and the Manx Electric Railway were hit by ex-Hurricane Ophelia at the start of the week with no trams able to run for large periods of time, firstly due to safety fears and then because of damage.

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In Pictures: 255 and 269 make it 15 and 16 C R Smith trams

Two further trams can now be seen in C R Smith vinyls on Edinburgh Trams with both 255 and 269 in service with their new look. For 269 the vinyls include an image of an Edinburgh Tram although whether it is 269 is unclear!

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Picture in Time: Glasgow 1017

Continuing with the Glasgow theme of last week’s Picture in Time today we feature a tram from that system which has remained north of the border – Glasgow 1017.

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This week on British Trams Online

We have another couple of Photo Galleries added to the site this week:

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Picture in Time: Midland Metro 08

In today’s Picture in Time we are once again in the West Midlands for a view from Midland Metro with T69 08 the feature vehicle.

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Volks Electric Railway set to return to service

By the time you read this article the Volks Electric Railway should be back in operation with a limited service to be run between Aquarium and Halfway as the Heritage Lottery Fund backed regeneration project starts to come towards a conclusion. The new Visitor Centre was opened on Friday 13th October – obviously not unlucky in Brighton in this instance! – and following test runs along the line a public return to service was due from 1030 on Saturday 14th October.

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Old Midland Metro track donated to Black Country Living Museum

Track replaced as part of the major relaying project on Bilston Road is set to enjoy a second life with 100 metres of rail having been donated to the Black Country Living Museum. Although at the end of its operational life for extensive use on a modern tramway the track still has plenty of life in it for the museum tramway and is set to be used as part of the museum’s expansion plans.

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In Pictures: Rotherham Central tram-train works

It’s not just the West Midlands where construction work is ongoing as there is also progress on the delayed tram-train pilot between Sheffield and Rotherham. In this photo update we take a look at the latest progress at Rotherham Central on both the low floor platform and installation of overhead.

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In Pictures: Bilston Road rail replacement works

We now know where some of the old track from Bilston Road is going (see other story tonight on the Black Country Living Museum’s donation) but what of the ongoing project to replace the track to allow Midland Metro services to run back through to Wolverhampton? With the project now entering its final two months (having started back on 11th June) good progress continues to be made and the Midland Metro Alliance continue to report that all is on target for a completion before Christmas. This latest pictorial shows the current state of play.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Centenary 643

In today’s edition of Picture in Time we take our regular peek into the past of the Blackpool Tramway with this image of Centenary 643 dating from 30 years ago in 1987.

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Sisk awarded Blackpool tramway extension contract

John Sisk has been awarded the lucrative contract to construct the greatly anticipated extension of the Blackpool tramway up Talbot Road to serve North Station. This is the latest positive news to suggest that this development is very much a live project, with press releases indicating that construction work is expected to start in early 2018.

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North Station extension works to commence this year?

Very little has been heard about the planned extension of the Blackpool tramway off the promenade to North Station up Talbot Road of late – but it appears that this may be about to change. An announcement made by Blackpool BID on 11th October appeared to indicate that work would be starting on the construction of the extension imminently, although oddly this since appears to have disappeared!

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B Fleet appear in service – but not much!

Compared to last year, Blackpool’s ‘B Fleet’ Balloon cars have not seen a great deal of use so far during the 2017 illuminations. Whereas 2016 saw the trams kept busy with a mix of stage carriage work and illumination tour duties, little of either has been recorded this year with the exception of recently repainted 718 which has been one of the first choice cars for lights tours.

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In Pictures: Work starts on installing Wolverhampton City Centre points

Over the past few weeks a good amount of preparation work has been underway for the start of the construction of the Wolverhampton City Centre extension of Midland Metro and now the first real signs of progress can be seen. The extension will be leaving the current line at Piper’s Row from where it will travel to a new interchange at Wolverhampton Railway Station. Photos from Andy Walters.

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Picture in Time: Glasgow 1282

For this edition of Picture in Time we are heading to Derbyshire countryside as we take a look at one of the members of the national collection at Crich – Glasgow 1282.

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In Pictures: Rare trams get washed at Crich!

Over the past few months, quite a number of trams at Crich have been treated to a thorough external clean, including some members of the static fleet which had not been washed for quite some time and were well due for this attention! ‘Dr Mop’ AKA Peter Whiteley has put this right by washing several stored trams and we are showing the results of some of his efforts from the summer.

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In Pictures: 275 receives C R Smith advert

And still they keep coming! CAF built 275 is the latest tram in Edinburgh to receive the vinyl adverts for C R Smith (the 14th in total of a planned 18) with this advert depicting Speyside and Aberdeen.

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