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Douglas horse trams on the move!

The first two of the recently sold Douglas horse trams have now left their home system, following the recent auction to sell off six redundant tramcars. Both 33 and 34 have already left Strathallan depot, although both are set to … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Bispham to Fleetwood – the Blackpool Tramway since 1960′

The third and final installment of acclaimed tramway historian Brian Turner’s detailed review of the Blackpool system is finally here, covering the stretch north of Bispham right up to the northern terminus at Fleetwood Ferry. This section of tramway is … Continue reading

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The Wi-Fi Flexity

Flexity 008 has become the first ever Blackpool tram to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access to passengers earlier this month. Free Wi-Fi on Blackpool Transport’s buses as part of the new Palladium brand has been a great success, so much … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink Second City Crossing works

Works to construct the Manchester Metrolink Second City Crossing (2CC) which will increase capacity through the City Centre whilst providing a secondary route for trams running across the city are continuing as show in this photo update provided by Steve … Continue reading

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Blackpool Boat 233 inaugurates the E Line

Blackpool Boat car 233 has finally started its operating career in the USA, almost two years after departing its country of origin. The tram has been undergoing some modifications since arriving in America and has also repainted in its original … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A Birkenhead birthday celebration

During April 2015, the Birkenhead heritage tramway marked its 20th anniversary with a special enhanced running day held on Saturday 18th April. Unfortunately the intended six-car service proved to be overly ambitious with neither enough manpower or trams available, and … Continue reading

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The tiger gains its stripes

Efforts to recreate one of the best-loved advertising liveries in the history of the Blackpool tramway have been completed recently, in a most unusual location. Now based at Anchorsholme Academy, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 622 has now received the full external … Continue reading

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Date confirmed for 680′s Heaton Park debut

The much-anticipated entry into service of Blackpool Ex-Towing car 680 (currently known by its earlier identity of 280) at its new permanent home, the Heaton Park Tramway, has been confirmed to take place on 26th April. Having just made its … Continue reading

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Dundee tram depot set to become a museum

An historic tram depot in Dundee, built in 1901 is set for a new lease of life as the home of a collection of historic vehicles, including the Scottish city’s last surviving horse-drawn tramcar. The former Maryfield tram shed had … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Boat 228 in San Francisco

San Francisco was the place to be over the weekend of 1st and 2nd November as MUNI held a heritage weekend using historic buses and trolleybuses alongside four historic trams and the normal Milan and PCC cars. Of most interest … Continue reading

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Exciting plans for Leicester tram depot revealed

The Leicester Transport Trust have confirmed plans which could see a local tram depot which still stands today, revamped for use as a Road Transport Heritage & Research Centre. The organisation have been leasing the Stoneygate tram depot, which is … Continue reading

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Burton & Ashby 14 up for auction

The future of Burton & Ashby 14 has been thrown into some doubt, following the surprising revelation that this unique open top tramcar is being offered for sale as part of a large auction after being deemed surplus to requirements … 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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Heritage trams this week

It’s that time of the week again when we provide a round-up of when and where you can ride on heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man. Another quiet week is on the horizon with just the usual … Continue reading

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Cash injection for owners of Brush car 636

Stored Energy Technology, the Derby-based company who currently own Blackpool Brush Railcoach 636, have been awarded a sizeable grant to progress its aims to develop a lighter and more efficient method of powering electric trams. This project had begun some … Continue reading

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Visitor numbers fall at Glasgow museum

The transport museum located in the Scottish city of Glasgow has traditionally been the most visited tram-related visitor attraction in the UK, no doubt largely thanks to the lack of an admission charge. Since being redeveloped as the Riverside Museum … Continue reading

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Trams swap between Britain and Budapest

The return of Budapest twin set 2576+2577 to its native country last year, following a chequered career in preservation in the UK, signalled the end of the presence of any representative of this operator on British soil. However, and very surprisingly, … Continue reading

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Last remaining Dundee horse tram moved back home

Dundee horse tram 24 – believed to be the last remaining Dundee horse tram – has been returned to its home city after nearly a century of use as a summer house in Perth. The tram body was moved to the … Continue reading

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A possible reprieve for Blackpool Balloon 716

Late last year, the future of Blackpool Balloon car 716 was placed in considerable doubt after its owners, Ptarmigan Transport Solutions, went into liquidation. The tram ended up being offered for sale at a hefty price on eBay, but this … Continue reading

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