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Visitor’s Guide to…Crich Tramway Village

In the third of our series of guides suggesting ideal photographic locations on tramways within the British Isles, Edward M Koehler takes a look at the Crich Tramway Village. Home of the National Tramway Museum many who read this website … Continue reading

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Visitor’s Guide to…Great Orme Tramway

In the second in our series of Visitor’s Guides, Edward M Koehler takes a look at the Great Orme Tramway in Llandudno, North Wales. Once again Edward gives his observations of the best places to get photos of this unique … Continue reading

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Visitor’s Guide to…Manx Electric Railway

Inspired by our recent guide to enthusiasts visiting Rome this is the first in a new triology of articles based on the visits of an American based British traction enthusiast – Edward M Koehler. Starting off with the Manx Electric … Continue reading

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Isle of Man 2017: IOM 50 Group visit and Heritage Transport Festival

David Mee reports from the Isle of Man where the Isle of Man 50 Group had their usual private hires immediately before the Manx Heritage Transport Festival with a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the nationalisation of the Manx … Continue reading

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American Boats 2: Californian Boats

Completing our look at the Blackpool Boat Cars which have found a new home in the USA today Blackpool destination blind guru Peter Watts reports on a recent visit to California where he was again using his skills for new … Continue reading

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Rush Hour on the Railway: 25th – 28th March

The following is a report on the first major transport event on the Isle of Man in 2016 – Rush Hour, running over the long Easter weekend. Circumstances conspired against the event this year with many potential visitors having difficulty … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manx Electric Railway Ratchet Car 14 restoration

The project to return one of the Manx Electric Railway’s “Ratchet” cars (so called because they were not fitted with air brakes and relied on the ratchet hand brake system) to service is continuing at Derby Castle Sheds with no. … Continue reading

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Isle of Man 50 Group Charters and Heritage Transport Festival 2015, or A further twelve days on the Isle of Man!

Summarising the main activities on the Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell during private hires by the ‘Isle of Man 50 Group’ and the following Manx Heritage Transport event. David Mee reports.

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Book review: Journey on the Manx Electric Railway

A very comprehensive study of the journey from Derby Castle in Douglas to Ramsey by Manx Electric Railway, stopping to admire the many features along the route including the lovely Glens, towns and villages, plus the other transport gems encountered … Continue reading

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A brief introduction to…Douglas Horse Tramway

The first in a new irregular series we take a look at the Douglas Horse Tramway with a brief history of the line and a description of the current operations of the tramway. Words by Ken Jones.

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Douglas Horse Tramway closes until 2016

On Sunday 14th September the Douglas Horse Tramway ran for the last time in its current form with Promenade reconstruction works due to see the double track tramway moved to the side of the road with only a single line … Continue reading

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Isle of Man – an Island of transport delights

David Mee reports from the Isle of Man summarising the main activities on the Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell during private hires by the ‘Isle of Man 50 Group’ and the following Manx Heritage Transport event in 2014. 11 days … Continue reading

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Twelve Days on the Isle of Man

David Mee reports from the Isle of Man summarising the main activities on the Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell during private hires by the ‘Isle of Man 50 Group’ and the following Manx Heritage Transport event.

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A Capital Weekend – Crich

On the weekend of 6th & 7th July 2013, Crich Tramway Village held ‘A Capital Weekend’ – a celebration of all things London. Although held primarily to commemorate 80 years since the formation of the London Passenger Transport Board, the … Continue reading

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Blackpool Balloonatic Weekend: 25-27 May 2013

Following on from the incredibly successful heritage tram operation in Blackpool over the Easter and May Day Bank Holiday weekends, the third stint of action for the heritage fleet came over the Spring Bank Holiday period. Building on the success … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway Easter 2013

Although the Manx Electric Railway had started official operations for 2013 at the beginning of March at weekends only the Easter period marks the first intensive service of the year with nine return journeys due to be run each day … Continue reading

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Coronation 304 – A bleak Christmas and an uncertain New Year??

A recent visit to Beamish revealed Blackpool Coronation 304 has been out of use since withdrawal from service in early November and has been stored outside the depot since then.

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60 Years in Preservation: London Tramcar no. 1858 by Tim Major

In July 2012 London Transport HR/2 tramcar No. 1858 celebrates 60 years since its purchase from London Transport by a young tram enthusiast Peter Davis, probably the first time a tramcar had been acquired for preservation by a private individual. … Continue reading

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627 to become a Jubilee Brush car!

Decorated trams have often played a role in various celebrations connected with the Royal family, such as Coronations and Royal Weddings. 2012 of course marks the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and the Friends of Fleetwood Trams have decided … Continue reading

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Blackpool tram timetable revealed

Blackpool Transport have unveiled the timetable for the service to be operated on the upgraded tramway from Wednesday 4th April, in the form of a leaflet which is now available locally. There have been a few surprises regarding the service … Continue reading

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