Author Archives: Gareth Prior

September Review – Isle of Man: No. 17 – More Crossbench action

The Crossbench Car on the Manx Electric Railway is always a popular choice on a warm sunny day, or indeed even if it isn’t quite as warm and sunny! And it is those Crossbench Cars that we feature in today’s … Continue reading

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Progress made on Railcoach 279’s restoration

It has been a busy few days in Blackpool what with Coronation 304 out on test plus updates on some other projects in the Rigby Road workshops but that isn’t where it stops as the Fylde Transport Trust have also … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 8 – Balloon 718

The only one of four of the Balloon Cars which were rebuilt at the end of the 1990s and early part of the 21st century with flat fronts to be currently operational is 718. Now carrying a Green and Cream … Continue reading

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Tyne and Wear Metro performance down

Whereas Manchester Metrolink’s performance stats are put online for all to see if you want to know how the service is performing on the Tyne and Wear Metro you need to go to the system as the only way they … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 16 – Down at Derby Castle Sheds

Derby Castle Sheds have been the home of the Manx Electric Railway for 125 years. Much expanded from the original 1893 building they are now home to the vast majority of the surviving MER fleet with only Laxey Car Sheds … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

There are another two Photo Galleries for you this week; both coming from the northwest of England:

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In Pictures: The other side of 276’s advert

We’ve previously featured 276 – or Rudolph as it prefers to be known at the moment – and its new Hogmanay and Christmas advert on these pages but only one side of the tram (the side which was all about … Continue reading

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September Review – Crich: No. 8 – Anniversary line-ups

With the theme for 2018’s Simply Trams being anniversaries and birthdays there were a number of photo line-ups on that theme with several of the collection being lucky enough to be celebrating significant anniversaries.

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Department of Infrastructure fined £18,000 for Snaefell runaway incident

Isle of Man’s Department of Infrastructure has been fined £18,000 plus costs after admitting to five health and safety breaches regarding the August 2017 incident which saw a tram run out of control down the mountain, overshooting the stop at … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 15 – Another look at some of the MER trailers

For the second time in this series we concentrate on the trailers performing a valuable service to MER.

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A busy time in Rigby Road workshops

We reported earlier this week about how Coronation 304 was out on test but that is not all that has been happening in the Rigby Road workshops with the main focus of attention now being Standard 143 – another tram … Continue reading

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New Supertram DVD out now!

In case you haven’t completed your Christmas shopping for that tram enthusiast in your life just yet another new DVD is out now, this time (mainly) on the Stagecoach Supertram system in Sheffield. The latest offering from Bob Hodges Transport … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 7 – Brush Railcoach 621

The September 2018 event was the second successive event that Brush 621 featured at, with this tram having been restored to service in time for the 2017 version. The original Brush Car remained popular this year with passengers clambering to … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 14 – Solo Motors

The normal many have of the Manx Electric Railway is of motor and trailer working together but it is also a fairly common occurrence during quieter periods for motors to run solo which also have the major advantage of speeding … Continue reading

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In Pictures: And the batteries keep on coming

No sooner had 35 become the latest West Midlands Metro Urbos 3 to enter service with batteries than attention has turned towards the seventh of the 21 strong class. This time the tram chosen is the other named tram – … Continue reading

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Free trams back for Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Once again – for the third year in succession – all night free trams will run in Edinburgh to help move the crowds during the Hogmanay celebrations. The trams will in the early hours of the new year between midnight … Continue reading

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September Review – Crich: No. 7 – Leeds Trams

The current operational fleet at Crich consists of three trams which plied their trade in West Yorkshire on Leeds Corporation Tramways. These are 180, 345 and 399 and they all feature in today’s look back at Simply Trams.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 13 – Wagons in service

Throughout its earlier history the MER was not just concerned with the transportation of passengers but also goods and mail. To this end a number of wagons and vans were built for use and over the past few years several … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Prom tramway meets Talbot Road tracks!

As we briefly mentioned in our story yesterday about the testing of Coronation 304 the Blackpool Tramway is currently seeing single line working between North Pier and Cabin to allow the Blackpool North Station extension to be joined up to … Continue reading

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Former Aberdeen tram grounded – what future does it have?

We have previously featured the former Aberdeen Suburban Tramways no. 11 – which has been converted to a carriage for use on the Alford Valley Railway – on these pages but the ex-tram has been grounded since earlier this year … Continue reading

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