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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro 17 returns to service

Another tram fitted with batteries has returned to service on West Midlands Metro with the very first of the Urbos 3 trams, 17, carrying fare paying passengers for the first time in this condition during the evening peak of Wednesday 20th February 2019.

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Woman hit by tram at Oldham Mumps

A woman, confirmed to be in her 20s by Greater Manchester Police, was injured after being hit by a tram on the approach to Oldham Mumps. The incident happened shortly before 0815 on Wednesday 20th February with the woman suffering head injuries in the collision, 3118 was heading towards Rochdale when the woman was struck. Tram services were suspended between Derker and Freehold for around two and a half hours whilst the emergency services were on the scene. The woman was taken to Salford Royal Hospital for treatment.

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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro 21 receives adverts for Just Eat

It would seem that West Midlands Metro have well and truly got in the act of advertising liveries as less than a fortnight since the first tram was unveiled in a special livery another has been noted carrying vinyls. The new livery on 21 follows the same pattern as that seen on 36 but includes adverts for Just Eat – the first commercial sponsor on one of the Urbos 3 trams.

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In Pictures: The old and new now meet at Talbot Square

The extension of the Blackpool Tramway to Blackpool North Railway Station is now fully connected to the existing Promenade tramway with the last of tracks on the triangular junction now fully welded into place. The progress on this lower section of the extension remains excellent with attention now likely to turn towards putting the final road surface on top allowing the road here to be reopened to through traffic once more.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 630

A very long-term advert is the feature of Picture in Time today as we take a look at the first of two designs for Karting 2000 on Blackpool Brush 630.

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Metrolink T68 used in training exercise

If you cast your minds back a few years you may remember that when the T68 and T68As were disposed of by Manchester Metrolink one such vehicle was acquired by the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for use in training exercises. Now, some four years since it left Metrolink metals for the last time, 1003 has been used for that very purpose in a multi-agency training exercise.

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Countdown to decision day for Edinburgh Trams continues

Thursday 14th March 2019 will be a significant day for the future of Edinburgh Trams. It will be on that day that councillors from the City of Edinburgh Council meet to decide on whether to press ahead with plans to extend the line along Leith Walk to Newhaven – based on the results of the Final Business Case. Councillors have been given access to this in a special room before it is made public to help them reach their decision but, and let’s be honest about this, most had probably already made up their minds before seeing the document as opinions on major projects such as this are already pretty much entrenched based on previous experience and political persuasion.

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Around the World in Trams: Budapest 2035

Today we feature one of the more modern trams to be found in Budapest – a Siemens Combino, numbered 2035.

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Chance to Sponsor a Trammer

A new initiative for 2019 on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is the chance to sponsor a Trammer – for just £12! The Trammers are the horses who work hard throughout the season hauling the trams along Douglas Promenade and any sponsorship received will help support the upkeep, welfare and promotion of the large number of Clydesdale and Shire draught horses.

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams moves the 6 Nations crowds

One of the big advantages of a tramway/light railway is its ability to move large crowds in a short space of time. With Edinburgh often seeing big events – not only at Hogmanay and during the Edinburgh Festival but also at BT Murrayfield – the trams are called into action with a very regular service operating to move people where they need to be. One such occasion was on Saturday 9th February for the 6 Nations rugby match between Scotland and Ireland. Roy Calderwood was on hand to capture the below images.

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This week on British Trams Online

Added this week are some construction images from Manchester Metrolink:

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Another busy winter at Derby Castle Works

Each winter the Manx Electric Railway may close to the public but that doesn’t mean everyone takes a break until the following spring – far from it! Once again this winter Derby Castle Sheds have been a hive of activity with more trailers being prepared for a return to use whilst the completion of the overhaul of Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 29 is also starting to reach a conclusion.

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2545

The southernmost modern tram system in the UK is that which serves South London, now known as London Tramlink when it first start services it was more location specific as Croydon Tramlink. Over the next few weeks we will be taking a look at some images from the earlier years of this system.

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Manchester 765 on test at Beamish

Following on from its recent move across from Heaton Park Tramway to Beamish, Friday 15th February saw an important step towards the tram entering service in the north east with Manchester 765 being tested around the museum circuit.

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Car hit by tram on Airport line road crossing

Manchester Metrolink services to the Airport were disrupted for approximately an hour on Tuesday 12th February after a car “strayed onto the tracks” and was hit by a tram close to the stop at Northern Moor. No injuries were reported.

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Box 40’s long farewell to Blackpool

As has been widely publicised Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 is to leave Blackpool after almost 23 years (save for a short period back at Crich in 2014) at some point in March but before it goes it will see extensive use on Heritage Tram Tours – including a special farewell tour on Saturday 2nd March.

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Work continues on Glory Mine relay

It’s not just Blackpool, Manchester and the West Midlands who are currently enjoying track laying as the major winter project at the Crich Tramway Village also involves some new track being put down. Unlike the other aforementioned locations though at Crich is very much a like for like replacement with the formation at Glory Mine being relaid. It is planned everything will be back in place and in operation by the start of Crich’s 2019 season in March.

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RAIB release urgent advice to Edinburgh Trams over warning horn

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) have issued urgent safety advice to Edinburgh Trams over the warning horn on the trams which has been found to be below levels in line with current industry guidance. This warning comes following the fatal accident in September 2018 when a pedestrian was hit by a tram between Balgreen and Saughton tramstops.

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Picture in Time: Glasgow Coronation

Today we conclude our images from November 1962 in Glasgow with one of the last runs of a tram on the city’s tramways.

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Seaton Tramway gets Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

One of the big advantages of the new Seaton terminus is the ability for temporary exhibitions to be put on and for two months from 10th March the world renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will be doing just that. On loan from the Natural History Museum this exhibition features exceptional images capturing fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. And if it gets any visitors inspired Seaton have also announced they will be hosting their Wildlife & Landscaping Trams in 2019 allowing participants the chance to take photos in the company of a professional photographer.

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