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In Pictures: Easter Saturday at Beamish

Seven days previously Beamish was a tad chilly but fast forward a week to Easter Saturday, 20th April, and with warm and sunny weather across most of the British Isles it was a very different story for visitors to the museum. Whereas at the previous weeks Great North Steam Fair the open toppers were out as a necessity to provide as much capacity as possible this time around not only were they fulfilling that purpose but also the fact that it was just the weather for an open top tram ride! Blackpool 31 and Newcastle 114 were joined by the two loanee trams, Blackpool & Fleetwood 40 and Manchester 765, in a four tram service which included the benefit of seeing trams running both clockwise and anti-clockwise giving extra photographic opportunities. Trevor Hall paid a visit and has shared the following images with us.

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Around the World in Trams: Giardinetti Railway 423

As we continue our look around Rome we are once again on the Giardinetti Railway for this week’s overseas tram image.

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In Pictures: Rush Hour on the Railways continues

Day two of Rush Hour on the Railways – Saturday 20th April – didn’t feature any pre-advertised events on the Manx Electric Railway with the main concentration of the day on the Isle of Man Steam Railway but that didn’t stop some action on the MER with more trailers out in service including the rare sight of blue liveried Tunnel Car 7 with red trailer. David Maxwell has again sent the below images through.

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In Pictures: Easter Bunnies in Blackpool!

If you’ve ever been to Blackpool and have hung around Pleasure Beach for any length of time you will probably have seen a colony of wild rabbits running around the grassed area looking for food. As its Easter and we all love a bunny at Easter in this pictorial article we take a look at trams and rabbits plus a photo from the archives showing when the loop was relaid in 2008. Peter Dockerty with the images.

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This week on British Trams Online

We have the conclusion of our coverage from the Great North Steam Fair this week with a collection of photos:

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Trams to return to Glory Mine in time for the 1940s

Since the Crich Tramway Village re-opened for the 2019 season all trams have only been running between Town End and Wakebridge because of the over-running track and overhead works at Glory Mine. But now in time for Easter – and the 1940s weekend taking place on Sunday 21st and Sunday 22nd April – trams are set to be able to run to Glory Mine, although still not quite all the way.

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Picture in Time: Stagecoach Supertram 114

One final visit to Sheffield for the time being as our look into the past sees another of the original Siemens-Duewag trams in action.

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In Pictures: Heritage Trams in action on Blackpool Prom

If you head to Blackpool at the weekend during 2019 you will be able to see heritage trams in action with each and every week due to see at least two trams in service. One such standard operation was on Saturday 13th April when three different trams operated on the Prom – including both operational Boat Cars. Graham Gough was in town to capture the below images.

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In Pictures: Tamper at Meadowhall Interchange

Over the past few weeks – on and off – a Tamper has been stabled in the spare platform at Meadowhall Interchange (with one platform all that is really needed since the Purple route was permanently curtailed in Sheffield City Centre). It is not known whether the Tamper has actually been used on the Supertram network but it has been on Supertram metals which makes it newsworthy for this website! Andrew Nolan captured the below image.

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In Pictures: Parallel run gets Rush Hour on the Railways off and running

Now firmly part of the special events calendar on the Isle of Man, Rush Hour on the Railways is a four day event taking place over the long Easter weekend with plenty to see and do across the island’s heritage railway, of course including the Manx Electric Railway. The very first event on Friday 19th April saw Tunnel Car 9 run in parallel with the 0940 timetabled departure between Derby Castle and Laxey with barely a cloud in the sky. David Maxwell provides the following photos for us.

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RAIB investigate after passenger falls onto tracks at Ashton

The RAIB have announced they are conducting an investigation after a passenger in a “vulnerable condition” fell onto the tracks at the Ashton-under-Lyne on Tuesday 12th March. The passenger had alighted from the tram and had leant on the side of the tram and fell onto the track when the tram departed.

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Tram allocations revealed for an Easter weekend of heritage tram action in Blackpool

It’s a bank holiday weekend and that means only one thing – the Gold heritage tram timetable will be in operation in Blackpool! The six tram service will run on thee days over the weekend: Saturday 20th, Sunday 21st and Sunday 22nd April with the return of the Green timetable and four trams on Friday 19th. A mix of trams will run on each day with seven different types of trams on show and if that’s not enough there is an Easter Treasure Hunt at Pleasure Beach on the Saturday and Sunday!

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No confirmed start date for Douglas Bay Horse Tramway but testing imminent

It’s just a week before the previously published start date of services for 2019 on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway but it remains unclear just when passengers will be able to enjoy a ride with Isle of Man Transport stating that services will start once training for staff and horses has been completed. It has now been confirmed this is expected to commence from Thursday 25th April.

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In Pictures: First track laid on Pinfold Street

With trams due to start running on the first part of the Birmingham Westside extension by the end of this year it is no surprise to see that good progress is now being made on track laying. Following on from the first tracks in Victoria Square the first are now in place on Pinfold Street.

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Picture in Time: Manx Electric Railway 5

Staying on the Isle of Man for our latest dip into the archives with an image showing one of the hard working Tunnel Cars in 1979.

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In Pictures: Work gets underway on expansion of East Anglia Transport Museum

Back in June 2018 full planning permission was given to the East Anglia Transport Museum for a major expansion of the museum site including extensions to the tramway, trolleybus route and the East Suffolk Light Railway. Now less than 12 months later and work has begun in earnest with the East Suffolk Light Railway the first to see work on its own extension.

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Metrolink engineering works for Easter

Whilst over in Sheffield the Easter weekend sees the start of a long period of rail replacement works, Manchester Metrolink will also see a closure for engineering works although in this case it is just three days where there will be disruption to usual services. Both the Bury and Rochdale lines will be affected with service changes also in place for other lines.

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In Pictures: 2019 season begins on the Volk’s Electric Railway

The latest line to re-open for the 2019 season is that in Brighton on the Volk’s Electric Railway. Whilst the first passengers were carried on Wednesday 10th April the official first day of the season was Saturday 13th April with BBC Newsreader Nicholas Owen – a regular down on the line – driving the first service on that day. In this pictorial article we take a look at a few sights and sounds from Saturday 13th April.

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Box 40 and Manchester 765 amongst the stars at Great North Steam Fair

Probably unique within the UK in scale and variety, the Great North Steam Fair took place at Beamish for four days between 11th and 14th April with trams, trains and road vehicles all playing a starring role for the many visitors attending. From a strictly tram point of view – we are after all a tram website! – the highlights were the use of the two visiting trams, Blackpool & Fleetwood 40 and Manchester 765, across all four days of the event and they were joined by resident members of the tram fleet.

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In Pictures: 23 returns to service with batteries fitted

There are now nine West Midlands Metro Urbos 3 trams available for passenger service with batteries fitted with the latest, 23, being used in revenue earning service on Friday 12th April – although the tram was then noted out of service the following day.

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