Author Archives: Gareth Prior

In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams 267 receives new adverts

Edinburgh Trams 267 has now reached ten different adverts following the removal of its BT ads in favour of a new design for Johnstons on Elgin. The tram is the second in the fleet to have had 10 adverts for … Continue reading

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Metro performance goes over 80%

If you would say that over eight out of ten trains were arriving on time you’d usually think that’s not brilliant but when it’s the Tyne and Wear Metro and performance has been as low as six out of ten … Continue reading

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Enter the Metro 25th anniversary quiz to see behind the scenes at Wednesbury Depot!

Think you know all there is to know about the West Midlands Metro?! Well, a new 25th anniversary quiz has just been launched asking customers and enthusiasts to see whether they may be the ultimate fan of the tram network … Continue reading

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Blackpool Boats making themselves at home in San Francisco

San Francisco is now home to three Blackpool Boat Cars following the completion of the acquisition of 226 which has now been transported ahead of work starting on its restoration to service. 226 joins fellow Boat Cars 228 and 233 … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Supertram trackworks get underway

Rail replacement work on the South Yorkshire Supertram network got underway from Saturday 25th May with locations around Sheffield City Centre being worked on. These are publicised, as they usually are, as improving the network with the new rails planned … Continue reading

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Extra trams for Taylor Swift concerts at Murrayfield

Edinburgh Trams will run additional services next month when Taylor Swift is due to perform on three consecutive nights at Scottish Gas Murrayfield. Trams will run until at least 0100 on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June to … Continue reading

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Lisbon 730 update from Beamish

Back in January 2024 it was announced that Lisbon 730 was moved from the Wirral to Beamish where it was to become a permanent member of the operating fleet in the northeast to provide additional capacity amongst the trams. The … Continue reading

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Siemens Mobility receives Edinburgh Trams infrastructure maintenance contract extension

Siemens Mobility (in a joint consortium with Bilfinger UK) has been awarded an eleven year contract extension for the maintenance of infrastructure on the Edinburgh Trams network. The contract – worth £44.7 million – will now continue until 2035 following … Continue reading

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Out and About: Tyne and Wear Metro – February 2024

In this edition of “Out and About” we have a Valentine’s Day visit to the Tyne and Wear Metro with an old love still continuing to operate the service.

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Trams &: Blackpool 623 & buses

This edition of “Trams &” is going into preservation as we’re taking a trip to the Heaton Park Tramway.

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Another arrival for the tramway at the East Anglia Transport Museum

Whilst more high profile arrivals have been seen at the East Anglia Transport Museum over the past couple of years, recently there has been a significant arrival which will prove to be valuable in the continued expansion of the museum.

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Blackpool Brush 636 put up for sale

Ever fancied owning a tram? If so now could be your chance as the owner of Blackpool Brush 636 has put it up for sale with a now closed listing being made available on ebay.

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Events Coming this week…

The Bank Holiday is near and then it’s the May Half Term school holidays so still plenty of family orientated events to enjoy on tramways in the British Isles. This round-up look at what’s happening from Monday 27th May to … Continue reading

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Blackpool announce the chance to travel on the North Station extension before it officially opens!

Blackpool Transport and Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have announced a series of special activities and packages available for people to travel on the North Station extension in the days leading up to its opening on Sunday 16th June. In the … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Centraal Station Amsterdam

The month of May’s “Around the World in Trams” is still in 1980 as we take another look at Amsterdam.

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Nexus hand over £9000 charity donation after a year of fundraising

As with many large businesses across the UK, each year Nexus nominate a charity of the year with their employees fundraising throughout the year to raise money for the organisation. The 2023/4 charity for Nexus employees was Daft As A … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trams offer special ticket offer for 10th birthday

31st May 2024 will mark the 10th birthday of the Edinburgh Trams network and as part of their celebrations a very special ticket offer is available. Anyone buying a weekly city zone ticket during anniversary week through the ET app … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A trip to the Crich Tramway Village

In this latest visit to the Crich Tramway Village we take a look at the sights of the operating service on Sunday 11th May. With pleasant sunny weather this visit saw the current “nice weather” selection of trams – Blackpool … Continue reading

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Tram allocations confirmed for Blackpool Event Weekend

As already mentioned on these pages, the Spring Bank Holiday weekend between Saturday 25th and Monday 27th May sees the first “Event Weekend” of 2024 in Blackpool. With a reduced number of trams available because of the ongoing issues at … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Electric Locomotive & Crane 4

Its time for another change of location for “Picture in Time” with the next set of photos coming from Crich.

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