What’s New on British Trams Online? 18th February 2024

Its a nostalgic weekend for photos as we go back to 2006 and view of Blackpool’s Balloon Cars:

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In Pictures: A look around Blackpool North Station terminus

The wait goes on for trams to run up Talbot Road on the Blackpool Tramway extension to North Station with no official word coming out of the Council as to just when it may open. As we’ve reported many times before its all been dependent on the completion of the Holiday Inn which looms large over the tram terminus and with that set to welcome its first guests in spring 2024 its hoped that trams won’t be far off. In this update we take a look at the current scene with signage and barriers in place.

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Works: Sunday 25th February 2024

There will be no trams running through Victoria on Sunday 25th February to allow for further engineering works to take place in connection with the broken rail discovered last month.

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Nexus charity walk raises money for Great North Air Ambulance

Nexus workers have helped to raise £1,800 for the Great North Air Ambulance after a charity walk held in memory of a much-loved colleague. Wayne Monaghan worked for Nexus as a Track Inspection and Testing Production Supervisor and passed away aged 53 in July 2023.

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In Pictures: Another tram heads off to Worksop

And so it continues – West Midlands Metro trams going for a ride on the back of a low loader. The latest tram to be moved is 28 which has become the latest to head off to Worksop for temporary storage with the move taking place on Sunday 18th February 2024.

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Blackpool Transport to host recruitment day for seasonal tram conductors

As Blackpool Transport gets ready for another peak season, they are set to host a recruitment day for seasonal tram conductors which is due to take place at Starr Gate Depot on Friday 1st March between 0900 and 1700.

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In Pictures: Broken rail and the revised Metrolink services

There have been service revisions on Manchester Metrolink ever since Tuesday 16th January after the discovery of a broken rail at Victoria with the latest change being introduced from Monday 12th February to try and solve reliability issues through the city centre. In this article we take a look at the revised service in operation as well as a view of the affected section of tramway. Photos are from Keith Chadbourne.

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Out and About: Edinburgh Trams on the Newhaven extension – December 2023

Today “Out and About” takes a look at a tram in action on the Edinburgh Trams Newhaven extension.

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Stop by Stop London Trams: Beckenham Junction & Elmers End lines – Avenue Road

On we go with our journey on the Beckenham Junction & Elmers End lines on the London Trams system.

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Further details announced for West Midlands Metro closures

As was reported a few weeks ago there will be changes to services on the West Midlands Metro from March. This will allow both the Dudley extension to be connected to the Birmingham-Wolverhampton line and Sandwell Council to undertake work on a bridge. The main closure will be from 23rd March to 9th April but there will also be evening closures for a further six weeks after this.

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Take the Kids for Free Metro price promise nears 1 million journeys

Introduced in summer 2021, the Take the Kids for Free price promise on the Tyne and Wear Metro has continued to give affordable transport options to families and it has been confirmed that in this period almost one million journeys. The offer allow up to three children under the age of 12 to travel with a fare paying adult, allowing families to travel cheaper across the region.

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams moves the 6 Nations crowds

We’ve said it before on these pages (and will no doubt say it again!) but modern tram systems really come into their own when there are large crowds of people to move. With trams holding around 200 passengers a go (or nearly 250 for Edinburgh) they are mass people movers and when there are events at Murrayfield Stadium it is the only way to get the thousands of people to and from the event. Saturday 10th February 2024 saw Scotland’s first home match in this year’s 6 Nations Rugby Championship take place and in this article we see some of the trams in action.

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Around the World in Trams: Bendigo 18

Today’s “Around the World in Trams” continues with its look at trams in Bendigo.

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In Pictures: Stagecoach branding being removed on Supertram

It was confirmed last year that when Stagecoach’s contract to operate the South Yorkshire Supertram system comes to an end in March 2024 that it will not be renewed with an “arms length” publicly owned company being set-up to run it instead. Whilst there are likely to be very few, if any, noticeable changes when the change-over takes place one thing which is already happening is the removal of Stagecoach branding on the exterior and interior of the trams.

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Timelapse video showcases Metro’s new depot

As work has now finished on the Tyne and Wear Metro depot at Gosforth which has seen the facility upgraded and redeveloped in a £70 million project, Nexus have released a timelapse video on YouTube. This video shows the project from 2020 until January this year and includes the demolition of 100 year old buildings and their replacement with new state of the art facilities.

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In Pictures: 32 is the latest tram to return from Dudley

And then there were none. No CAF trams at the Very Light Rail Innovation Centre in Dudley that is. For the first time since October 2022 when 17 became the first of the class to head that way for repairs the facility is devoid of Urbos3s after 32 was transported back to Wednesbury Depot on Thursday 15th February 2024.

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Volk’s Electric Railway win at Heritage Railway Association Awards

The historic Volk’s Electric Railway which has been running along Brighton seafront since 1883 has been recognised at the Heritage Railway Association Awards. The railway was named “Railway of the Year” at a glitzy ceremony which appropriately took place in Brighton on 10th February 2024.

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Picture in Time: Oporto Coal Trams 62 & 70

Another random photo from the past for this edition of “Picture in Time” and its again some visitors from overseas which are featured.

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In Pictures: Welsh Tram-Trains in their new home

Earlier this month we brought you photos of the delivery of one of the Stadler built Tram-Trains which are set to enter service from later this year on Cardiff Metro services. A number of the vehicles have now arrived in South Wales and they are making themselves at home at the new purpose built Taffs Well Depot.

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Consultation to be launched for DLR extension

The Docklands Light Railway could gain a new line under the River Thames to Thamesmead if plans currently being consulted on are approved. The plan would see a branch installed off the Beckton line with new stations at Beckton Riverside as well as Thamesmead with up to 25,000-30,000 new homes being unlocked along the route.

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