Poor four weeks for Metrolink

Although the reliability of Manchester Metrolink continues to be on the up the latest figures recently released have shown that punctuality between 1st and 28th April was considerably down from the previous period. There doesn’t seem to be any particular reason for this downturn with only a few major disruptions reported but KeolisAmey Metrolink have said that they will be focusing on improving punctuality in the next period.

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Fallen tree causes delays on Tramlink

Passengers wanting to travel on the Beckenham Junction and Elmers End lines of London Tramlink were disappointed on Monday 14th May after a fallen tree between Arena and Harrington Road caused services to be suspended. The first reports of the tree were shortly before 1400 with no trams able to run between Arena and Harrington Road on the Beckenham Junction line. As time went on the affected area increased and at its peak there were no trams between Addiscombe and Elmers End or Avenue Road. With the tree removed a normal service started to run again around 1700.

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This week on British Trams Online

We are back this week with a double helping of Photo Galleries:

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In Pictures: Blackpool 630′s farewell tour

On Saturday 19th May, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 630 operated a special ‘farewell’ tour of the entire Blackpool system, its last such outing before it returns to its active retirement home at Crich Tramway Village. On this gloriously sunny day, 630 was joined by fellow TMS-owned car Box 40 and here are some images from the occasion!

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Boat 600 – back where it belongs!

For the first time this year, a Boat car was employed on the Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours service on Saturday 19th May. With 227 still undergoing extensive restoration work and 230 stored awaiting workshop attention, 600 has been flying the flag as the sole operational Boat car for over a year, but it was also sidelined during the spring with electrical faults.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Ex-Towing Railcoach 679

An early 1990s photo features in this edition of Picture in Time as we see Ex-Towing Railcoach 679 in an all over advert.

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Nurse of the Year announced

Nottingham Express Transit Citadis 220 now knows whose name will be applied to it for the next 12 months after the Nottingham Nurse and Midwife of the Year was announced at a ceremony in the city. Luisa Avanzado, a staff nurse on the Berman 2 Ward at City Hospital, won the award following an online poll. 220 – which currently carries the name Christina O’Loughlin after the 2017 winner of the accolade – will be renamed in due course.

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More funding for Crich for new permanent exhibition

Michael Holroyd Smith is to be recognised at the Crich Tramway Village with a new permanent exhibition set to open following the awarding of a £74,500 grant from the AIM Biffa Award.

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In Pictures: Cambridge Street Tramways 7 making excellent progress

When we last took a look at the cosmetic restoration of Cambridge Street Tramways 7 at the Ipswich Transport Museum just before Christmas a start had been made on painting the tram and now as we head back to East Anglia for this latest update the almost finished paint job is a sight to behold! Ken Jones with the images.

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Tramlink look for new automatic braking system

Transport for London (TfL) have started the process of tendering for the installation of a new safety system on London Tramink which would automatically apply the brakes should the speed limit be exceeded at high risk locations. Work has been in progress of studying the feasibility of the introduction of a similar system ever since the tragic events at Sandilands in November 2016 when a tram left the rails with seven people dying as a result.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Pantograph 167

A familiar sight for some time at Crich has been Blackpool Pantograph 167 which is still part of the operational fleet today. But in today’s Picture in Time shot we see it running back in 1989.

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Lottery support for Crich to explore the historic landscape of the site

A new project known as “Exploring the Historic Landscape of Crich Tramway Village” has been awarded a £84,000 National Lottery grant as the museum continues to find new ways of bringing visitors through the doors which can only be a good thing for the future survival of the national collection. The project will be focusing on both the industrial and natural heritage of the site as well as exploring woodland and local folklore.

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And overhead problems on Isle of Man too!

They say bad things come in threes and that definitely seems to be the case with overhead wires! Over the past few days we have reported on overhead problems in Edinburgh and on Manchester Metrolink but just before both of these happened there were issues on the Manx Electric Railway as well!

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Overhead woes on Metrolink

The benefit of having the Second City Crossing on Manchester Metrolink was plain to see on Saturday 12th May when a fault with the overhead close to Victoria meant that the original city crossing (1CC) was closed to city bound trams for over 12 hours. Before the construction of 2CC that would have meant major disruption with no trams able to run across the city but now a diversionary route meant that delays were kept to a minimum.

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Picture in Time: Nottingham Express Transit 212

Today Picture in Time has a fairly recent image from Nottingham Express Transit, showing one of the Incentro trams shortly after it had the revised fleet livery applied.

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Gauging trials starts on Tram-Train project

It’s a day many thought would never happen – a Tram-Train has run onto the UK national rail network as part of the gauging trials ahead of full blown commissioning and testing later in the summer. 399 202 once again had the honour of being the “first” (having also been the first to run with passengers) with its first movements over the Tinsley Chord – which links Supertram with Network Rail metals – taking place in the early hours of Thursday 10th May.

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In Pictures: Overhead down in Edinburgh City Centre

There was major disruption to Edinburgh Trams services on Thursday 10th May after a construction vehicle collided with an overhead support pole close to the stop at York Place causing the overhead wires to come down. An immediate suspension of the full service was put in place before a limited service was able to run from the Airport to Murrayfield Stadium and then extended to West End Princes Street.

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In Pictures: Birmingham 107

The chances are that if you think of preserved first generation Birmingham trams your first thought will be of 585 located at the Thinktank Museum in the city centre. However, there is another tram from the city in the Greater Birmingham area with the surviving parts of 107 being found at the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum. A recent open day afforded Ken Jones the chance to capture the following images of the tram.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 717

Another trip to Blackpool for Picture in Time today as we take a look at Balloon Car 717.

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In Pictures: Another look at Edinburgh 276’s Royal Highland Show advert

Last week we brought you the news that Edinburgh Trams 276 has received a new advert for the Royal Highland Show and in this story we bring you some more images of the tram’s new look including a close up of the award winning Emily. The Royal Highland Show takes place at the Royal Highland Centre between 21st and 24th June.

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