Author Archives: Gareth Prior

Chance to Sponsor a Trammer

A new initiative for 2019 on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway is the chance to sponsor a Trammer – for just £12! The Trammers are the horses who work hard throughout the season hauling the trams along Douglas Promenade and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams moves the 6 Nations crowds

One of the big advantages of a tramway/light railway is its ability to move large crowds in a short space of time. With Edinburgh often seeing big events – not only at Hogmanay and during the Edinburgh Festival but also … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Added this week are some construction images from Manchester Metrolink:

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Another busy winter at Derby Castle Works

Each winter the Manx Electric Railway may close to the public but that doesn’t mean everyone takes a break until the following spring – far from it! Once again this winter Derby Castle Sheds have been a hive of activity … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2545

The southernmost modern tram system in the UK is that which serves South London, now known as London Tramlink when it first start services it was more location specific as Croydon Tramlink. Over the next few weeks we will be … Continue reading

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Manchester 765 on test at Beamish

Following on from its recent move across from Heaton Park Tramway to Beamish, Friday 15th February saw an important step towards the tram entering service in the north east with Manchester 765 being tested around the museum circuit.

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Car hit by tram on Airport line road crossing

Manchester Metrolink services to the Airport were disrupted for approximately an hour on Tuesday 12th February after a car “strayed onto the tracks” and was hit by a tram close to the stop at Northern Moor. No injuries were reported.

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Box 40’s long farewell to Blackpool

As has been widely publicised Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 is to leave Blackpool after almost 23 years (save for a short period back at Crich in 2014) at some point in March but before it goes it will see … Continue reading

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Work continues on Glory Mine relay

It’s not just Blackpool, Manchester and the West Midlands who are currently enjoying track laying as the major winter project at the Crich Tramway Village also involves some new track being put down. Unlike the other aforementioned locations though at … Continue reading

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RAIB release urgent advice to Edinburgh Trams over warning horn

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) have issued urgent safety advice to Edinburgh Trams over the warning horn on the trams which has been found to be below levels in line with current industry guidance. This warning comes following the … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Glasgow Coronation

Today we conclude our images from November 1962 in Glasgow with one of the last runs of a tram on the city’s tramways.

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Seaton Tramway gets Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

One of the big advantages of the new Seaton terminus is the ability for temporary exhibitions to be put on and for two months from 10th March the world renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will be doing just … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More on new adverts for Edinburgh Trams

Recent weeks have seen a couple of new adverts debuting on Edinburgh Trams with both 251 and 261 losing former adverts for C R Smith in favour of new contracts for Edinburgh Live and Standard Life respectively. We have seen … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool North Station extension latest

The work to connect the old Promenade tramway tracks with those being installed in Talbot Square and Talbot Road for the Blackpool North Railway Station extension has been continuing in recent weeks. Whilst there is still some work to be … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 710

Can you remember the time when Blackpool Balloon 710 was included as part of the Fleetwood Transport Festival parade? The year was 2011 and with the tram acquired by the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust it was transported through the town … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Bradley Lane Park and Ride progresses

Whilst there may be more high profile construction projects connected to the West Midlands Metro an equally important job is continuing at Bradley Lane where a new park and ride site is being built to allow travellers the chance to … Continue reading

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Metro bridges to be replaced

Two Tyne and Wear Metro bridges are to be replaced as part of a £2.5 million project with the work set to take place during March. The two bridges are in Tynemouth and Cullercoats and their replacement will require line … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Budapest 1556

Our look at trams from outside of the British Isles moves on this week as we head to the Hungarian capital city of Budapest. A city that has an extensive public transport network including a fleet of around 600 trams … Continue reading

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Birkenhead, Douglas and Seaton celebrate wins at Heritage Railway Association Awards

The annual Heritage Railway Associate Awards – held with a lavish ceremony – have seen two tramways in the British Isles celebrating. The Seaton Tramway in Devon, the Isle of Man’s Douglas Bay Horse Tramway and the Merseyside Tramway Preservation … Continue reading

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Government call for new light rail solutions?

As we saw earlier this month, Jesse Norman MP, Transport Secretary, visited Birmingham for a special ceremony to lay the first track on the Birmingham Westside extension and whilst there took the opportunity to launch a call for evidence to … Continue reading

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