Author Archives: Gareth Prior

Midland Metro on track to return to Wolverhampton in December

It may have appeared to the naked eye that progress on the track replacement along Bilston Road has been slow but it has now been confirmed that an end is in sight for the completion of the project. Subject to … Continue reading

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New DLR trains procurement continues

There are changes afoot in the rolling stock of the Docklands Light Railway with the search for a builder for 43 new trains – due to be introduced in 2022 – stepping up a gear. Transport for London have asked … Continue reading

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Free trams in Edinburgh for Hogmanay

There will again be free late-night trams in Edinburgh for Hogmanay with a special tram service running every 20 minutes between midnight on 31st December and 0500 on 1st January from West End Princes Street to Edinburgh Airport. This service … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Glasgow 1245 restoration continues at Summerlee

Another low-key tram restoration currently underway can be found at Summerlee where members of the Summerlee Transport Group are heavily involved in returning Glasgow Coronation Car 1245 to the rails. Last time we reported on the tram’s restoration we saw … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool & Fleetwood Rack 2 (and friends!)

A truly fascinating image is featured in this instalment of Picture in Time. We have often taken a look inside Rigby Road Depot in this series but very rarely have we seen such a eclectic mix of trams with Blackpool … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Citylinks spread their wheels

Since their introduction into service the Citylink tram-trains now operating on the conventional Stagecoach Supertram network have been mainly confined to the Purple route – aside from a few “service extras” – but that has now changed as from Thursday … Continue reading

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Statfold Barn Railway operating dates announced for 2018

If you haven’t had the chance to see Burton & Ashby 14 running at the Statfold Barn Railway this year don’t despair as it is expected to run again next year with several more opportunities to catch the tram in … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Urbos3 18 breaks cover

Since returning from Spain following the fitting of batteries Midland Metro’s Urbos3 18 has rarely been seen outside in daylight with it being kept undercover in between test runs (which have now begun overnight). However, that all changed on Monday … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Sheffield 15

We are going back to the early days of Crich for this instalment of Picture in Time as we feature horse car Sheffield 15 in operation during 1963 – the first year of passengers being carried at what we now … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trackwork starts at Crich

Whilst the main winter project at Crich may be concerned with refurbishing the depots that isn’t all that is going on with a volunteer led project to replace the single line section of track between the Bandstand and Wakebridge. This … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Burst water main causes Midland Metro suspension

In the early hour of Monday 13th November a burst water main was discovered in Birmingham City Centre on the corner of Bull Street and Corporation Street. Despite only apparently being a minor leak the water from the pipe covered … Continue reading

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Where’s that tram moved to?

Big Shunt 2 at Crich saw a number of trams moved around the depots and Great Exhibition Hall to allow Depot II to be fully cleared so that the major refurbishment works could commence. In order to fit all of … Continue reading

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2018 NET Community Stars announced

Each year Nottingham Express Transit Citadis 222 receives a new name having been earmarked as the Community Stars tram. It currently carries the name Michelle and Richard Daniels who were founders of the Forever Stars charity and this will remain … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We bring you one further Photo Gallery this week with Stagecoach Supertram the feature:

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Operating seasons end across the British Isles

As has become traditional the first weekend in November usually brings an end to heritage tramway operating seasons and 2017 has been no different. We have already seen what happened at the end of the season at both Crich and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Bilston Road trackworks carry on

The deadline for reopening Midland Metro through to Wolverhampton St George’s is now rapidly approaching – in time for Christmas is the plan – which means good progress should be able to be seen along Bilston Road and at the … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: South Yorkshire Supertram 10

We have more early images from the South Yorkshire Supertram system for you in this instalment of Picture in Time. These photos date from 1994 and show no. 10 in service.

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Minor collision on Metrolink causes major disruption

Two trams collided at St Peter’s Square on Friday 10th November causing major delays across the entire Manchester Metrolink network. The low speed collision happened in the platform at St Peter’s Square with minor damage caused to both trams but … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Dartmouth Street trackwork on Midland Metro

As we mentioned last week there was a temporary closure on Midland Metro on 5th November to allow for a short section of track at Dartmouth Street to be relaid. The trackbed had been sinking here for a while because … Continue reading

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NET services to change for Christmas lights switch on

There is no getting away from it – Christmas is coming! The seasons approach can clearly be seen with advertising ramping up in recent days and Christmas lights will be switched on across the country in the coming weeks. The … Continue reading

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