Author Archives: Gareth Prior

Stadler move in at Gosforth Depot

Stadler – who have been awarded the contract to deliver the £362m Tyne and Wear Metro train fleet and new depot – have taken the first step towards taking control of maintenance of the current fleet with their new management … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Oslo 112

Off we go to Oslo once more.

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So Nearly, Not Quite! Blackpool Replica Vanguard 619

We’ve had pedestrians, cars and buses blocking the view of a tram in this series of not so perfect photos so its about time that a cyclist joins in as well!

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Is free wi-fi on the way out for Metrolink?

If you remember when you used to be able to go out and about as and when you felt like it, one of the things on public transport, in shops, cinemas and practically anywhere else you care to think of … Continue reading

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Is a change on the way for public transport in Edinburgh?

As Edinburgh seeks to achieve its ambitious carbon neutral goals by 2030, a new set of proposals for changing the way public transport is operated in the city have just been announced and will be discussed at a forthcoming meeting … Continue reading

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In Preview: Seaton Tramway reopens

Its been over three months since a heritage tram last ran in passenger service but that period of closure will be ended on Saturday 4th July when the Seaton Tramway becomes the first line to reopen. But with Covid-19 restrictions … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To? Blackpool Balloon 717

The latest subject in this series that is looking at those trams which ran over the last weekend of traditional tram operation in Blackpool is Balloon 717.

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Picture in Time: Bradford 104

Well before Blackpool started heritage tram operation there was a short length of track in Bradford used for special outings by surviving Bradford tramcar 104 and in this edition of “Picture in Time” we are heading back over 60 years … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro 4022 scrapped

It has been reported in The Railway Magazine that Tyne and Wear Metro 4022 has been scrapped following the writing off of the vehicle. It becomes the first of the original Metro Cars to be scrapped, leaving just the 87 … Continue reading

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Lockdown Walks: Edinburgh Trams 255

It is time for another “Lockdown Walk” in Edinburgh!

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Still Standing! Darwen Tram Depot

Today we head back to Darwen in Lancashire for another edition of “Still Standing” showing images of the original tram depot.

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Blackpool Tramway to start running again Sunday 19th July

After 112 days of no trams running in Blackpool (except for engineering trips and some familiarisation runs) it has been announced that a reduced timetable will run again from Sunday 19th July. This will just be the core Flexity service … Continue reading

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Trams &: Sheffield 264 & Beamish Access Bus J2007

This latest look at a Tram and something else is again in the northeast of England at Beamish.

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Picture in Time: Luas 3017

The next batch of modern tram “Picture in Time” images come from Dublin and the Luas system.

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In Pictures: Tram track unearthed in Leeds

It’s the type of story which continues to happen all around the UK as various utility works and roadworks see old tram tracks unearthed. Once buried beneath the road surface following the abandonment of first generation tramways, partly for ease … Continue reading

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Metrolink services to divert to 1CC

Ongoing development works at Manchester Town Hall will require all Manchester Metrolink services through the city centre to be diverted via the original city crossing over the weekend of 4th and 5th July.

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So Nearly, Not Quite! Blackpool Illuminated Frigate 736

We are once again heading off to Blackpool for our series which looks at photos which the finished product certainly wasn’t we planned when we set out to take the image!

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Around the World in Trams: Oslo 129

In this latest look at trams from overseas we are again visiting Oslo, Norway.

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams 263 wears a mask!

As from Monday 22nd June it has been compulsory when travelling on public transport to wear a mask in Scotland. This has included the Edinburgh Trams network and as part of the campaign to get the message across to intending … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To? Blackpool Balloon 715

As we continue this series we now take a look at Balloon 715, a tram already preserved by 2011 and one which has remained under the ownership of what is now the Fylde Transport Trust ever since.

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