Author Archives: Andrew Waddington

Up close and personal with Manchester 765

As part of our continued coverage to mark the centenary of Manchester 765, we take a close look at this popular tram with some interior views showing the car in all its glory. 765 has of course been a stalwart … Continue reading

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Bye bye to Brush car 298

On Friday 11th July, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 298 left the National Tramway Museum at Crich, and was transported to the museum store at Clay Cross. Earlier in the week, preparations for the move were made with 298 being moved to … Continue reading

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Birkenhead tramway closes temporarily

The saying that lightning never strikes twice in the same place seems to have been proven wrong, with a second piece of bad news from the Birkenhead tramway coming in the same week. Unfortunately the heritage line will be closed … Continue reading

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Box 40 is back on the prom!

After an absence of almost a year, Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Box’ car 40 was back in action on the Blackpool tramway on Wednesday 9th July, when the tram was taken for a test run along the promenade. Representatives of the … Continue reading

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The Liverpool launch is postponed

Some bad news to report concerns the planned launch of the newly restored Liverpool 245 which has been postponed due to unforeseen technical difficulties. The completion of this long-running restoration project has experienced more than its fair share of delays, … Continue reading

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Crich confirm exciting tram restoration plans

The Tramway Museum Society have recently published a new strategy review, identifying key aims for the development of the National Tramway Museum at Crich over the next few years. This has included identifying which projects are to be high priorities … Continue reading

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Blackpool event preview: Fleetwood ‘Tram Sunday’, 20th July

The popular annual Fleetwood Festival of Transport will be held on Sunday 20th July and this will once again feature the heritage trams in a prominent role, with seven different cars due to feature at this event! Following the success … Continue reading

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Positive developments for Merseyside trams

Two vintage trams from the Merseyside area are looking forward to a more prosperous future following periods of disuse. Birkenhead 20 has recently returned to service on the Wirral heritage tramway, whilst at Crich, plans are afoot for Liverpool 869 … Continue reading

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Event Review: Manchester 765 – 100 Not Out!

On Sunday 6th July, a very special event took place at Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway to commemorate the centenary of Manchester 765. Having been the tram which led to the formation of the Manchester Transport Museum Society and the re-opening … Continue reading

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Crich mark 50 years of electric trams

Saturday 5th July 1964 was an extremely significant day in the history of British tramcar preservation, as this was the day when public services commenced at what would become the National Tramway Museum at Crich using electric trams. At 2:00pm, … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Heaton Park’s Lakeside depot opens!

Thursday 3rd July 2014 will go down in history as a landmark day for the Heaton Park Tramway, as it was on this day that the new Lakeside Depot was officially opened. Although trams have been stabled inside the new … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester 765 prepares for the party!

Sunday 6th July sees a major event take place at the Heaton Park Tramway to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Manchester 765 and also to welcome this tram back into service following workshop attention. Ahead of its starring role this … Continue reading

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Crich in 2014: a half-time review

It would be fair to say that 2014 is a pretty crucial year for the National Tramway Museum at Crich Tramway Village. Great lengths have been taken to try to reverse the severely declining visitor numbers of recent years, with … Continue reading

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A new role for the last Lytham tram

One of the least well-known preserved trams to be found in the British Isles must surely be Lytham 43, which is the sole survivor of this system still in existence today. The remains of the lower deck of this tramcar … Continue reading

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Another Brush car on the move

Blackpool Brush Railcoach 636 has recently moved to a new home, following an extended period of storage at Derby. The tram is currently owned by the Derbyshire-based Stored Energy Technology company and has been used to test an experimental motor … Continue reading

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The Hovertram returns to England

One of Blackpool’s famous illuminated trams arrived at a new home on Tuesday 1st July, when the Hovertram 735 finally touched down on track at the home of the North East Land, Sea & Air Museum near Sunderland. It may … Continue reading

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Blackpool 711 is back in service

Some good news to report from Crich Tramway Village is that visiting Blackpool Balloon car 711 returned to service on Thursday 26th June, after a period of approximately one month out of action. This was due to a dewirement incident … Continue reading

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MET 331 repaired

After being temporarily sidelined following a derailment incident in July 2013, pleasing news to report is that Metropolitan 331 is almost ready to resume its operating career at the Crich Tramway Village. Having spent a short period of time in … Continue reading

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Incident at Crich involving Oporto 273

At 1:40pm on Wednesday 25th June, an incident occurred at Crich Tramway Village involving the recently overhauled Oporto 273. It is understood that the tram overshot the terminus and hit the banking at Town End when it was arriving at … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Rocket rescue mission completed successfully!

On Tuesday 24th June, the last of the Lancastrian Transport Trust’s collection of historic Blackpool trams to be reclaimed by Blackpool Transport arrived safely back at Rigby Road – and arguably, the best one of the lot has been saved … Continue reading

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