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Slightly earlier than usual this week as we head back into the archives for some views of Midland Metro 15 years ago:

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More DfT funding for English light rail systems

It has been announced that up to a further £67.8 million will be made available to tram and light rail systems across England (outside of London) up to the end of March as part of the latest funding package from the Department for Transport. For the first time in these joint announcements this will include Blackpool alongside systems in Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, the Tyne and Wear Metro and the West Midlands Metro.

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More Tramlink Engineering Works

Another closure on London Tramlink through the central Croydon area started on Friday 23rd October and will be continuing until Sunday 1st November. Throughout this period no trams will be running between Wandle Park and East Croydon in both directions.

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Picture in Time: Leeds 165

For the next few editions of the traditional tram “Picture in Time” we take a trip to Leeds for some fascinating images taken as the days of the tramway were coming to an end in November 1959.

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Lord Provost calls for battery powered trams on Princes Street

Could we see the overhead wires on Princes Street in Edinburgh taken down with trams running under battery power in the future? As part of a recent Council discussion the current Lord Provost, Cllr Frank Ross, asked for the plans to be considered as part of a new strategy for Princes Street and the Waverley Valley.

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Metro performance up

The latest poster for performance on the Tyne and Wear Metro has recently been put up at station across the network and it shows an increase in performance both from the previous four weeks and also the same period last year.

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Lockdown Walks: Manchester Metrolink 3114

In this edition we are taking one final look at Manchester Metrolink’s Trafford Park line.

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Metro platforms to be readied for new trains

A new £2 million project is now underway to get platforms on the Tyne and Wear Metro network ready for the fleet of new trains which are due to be in service in 2023. With the new trains having a sliding step which will ensure that the gap between train and platform is almost non-existent it will be necessary to alter tracks at 40 locations and the work for this has already started.

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West Midlands Metro advertise for new engineer roles

As we all know the West Midlands Metro is currently at the start of a major expansion of the system and to aid this they have recently advertised for four new engineers. They are looking for enthusiastic, talented people with the specialist skills needed to maintain infrastructure and rolling stock both now and in the future.

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Picture in Time: Docklands Light Railway 13+41

Today we are heading off to the Docklands Light Railway for another archive image.

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Support from public for further Edinburgh Trams extension

At the start of the year – before you know what arrived – the City of Edinburgh Council launched a Public Consultation into their Draft City Mobility Plan (CMP). This is part of an aim in making Edinburgh a carbon neutral city and included amongst the ambitious plans were potential further Edinburgh Trams extensions. The results of the consultation have now been revealed which included 65% of respondents supporting the expansion of the tramway.

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In Pictures: Great Orme Tramway – 2016

It may be a tramway which won’t be running in 2020 but in this pictorial article we go back to 2016 for some views of the trams on the upper section of the Great Orme Tramway. Taken in excellent lighting conditions we see the two upper trams – 6 and 7 – in operation. Dated as February of that year they seem to be being driven by engineers in their brightly coloured overalls which may suggest this was a test and commissioning run ahead of a new season, further suggested by the complete lack of passengers visible. Dave Jones with the photos.

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Still Standing! Blackley Tramway Office

Another trip to Greater Manchester for this latest edition of “Still Standing!”.

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Electric Railway sign to be removed from Derby Castle

Anyone who has been to the Isle of Man will know the distinctive Electric Railway sign on the cliffside above Derby Castle Sheds, indeed it can often be the first sight you get of the MER as you arrive on the island by ferry or plane. But after having been in place for the past 27 years the current sign is to be removed over the winter although the intention remains to source a replacement.

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New Covid-19 cleaning process introduced on the West Midlands Metro

A new longer lasting protection against bacteria and viruses has recently been introduced on the West Midlands Metro network as part of their continued response to the Covid-19 pandemic to try and make travelling on board the trams as safe as possible. West Midlands Metro introduced a stringent and enhanced daily cleaning programme as soon as the pandemic hit back in March and this extra process is aimed at making travel even safer and to provide reassurance to anyone who needs to travel on the Metro.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 707

We’re off to Blackpool in 2007 again for this archive image as “Picture in Time” continues.

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Trams in Video: Los Angeles Metro Rail Green and Blue lines – January 2002

We head off to the United States of America for our latest video as we look at the more light rail side of things with the Los Angeles Metro featuring. Filmed in January 2002 we take a look at the Green line (Rendondo Beach-Norwalk) and Blue line (LA to Long Beach) in action.

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Fylde Transport Trust to tour the illuminations with Brush 621 and Balloon 715

The Fylde Transport Trust have announced that are going to be running two illumination tours on Friday 23rd October (subject to any changes in government restrictions) using Brush 621 and Balloon 715 – two trams which are part of their own collection of trams and are on loan to Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours.

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Lockdown Walks: Edinburgh Trams 261

Its another masked tram for us today as we return to Edinburgh.

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Tramlink derailment inquest postponed due to Coronavirus restrictions

The inquest into the London Tramlink derailment at Sandilands in November 2016 which tragically saw seven people lose their lives has been delayed after extra Coronavirus restrictions were introduced in London. It had been due to get underway on Monday 19th October.

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West Midlands Metro 37 returns to Spain

The last built of the original 21 Urbos3 trams for West Midlands Metro has returned to Spain for repairs. 37 – named Ozzy Osbourne – departed Wednesbury Depot on Friday 16th October to make the long trip back to Spain via Plymouth where it would be loaded on the ferry.

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