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High water levels cause more problems for Supertram

Whilst Storm Dennis on the whole didn’t cause as many issues for tramways across the UK as its predecessor (Storm Ciara), Stagecoach Supertram have again suffered from high water levels with no trams able to run beyond Tinsley/Meadowhall South.

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Seaton Tramway to celebrate 50 Years with August Gala Weekend

It has now been confirmed that to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of operations at the Seaton Tramway a gala weekend will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (29th to 31st August). Exact details of what … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Tyne and Wear Metro 4037

Today we continue our look at the sights seen during the 30th anniversary Depot Open Day on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

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Vintage tram joins the cast of ‘Neighbours’!

ITV soap opera Coronation Street has featured trams in storylines several times over the years – ranging from a Metrolink tram crashing onto the street itself to Blackpool Balloon car 710 hitting and killing the villainous Alan Bradley. Now, long-running … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Tyne & Wear Metro 4014

Since opening in 1980 the Tyne and Wear Metro has featured one depot at South Gosforth which has been home to the whole fleet of 90 trains which operate the service across the network. In today’s look back at the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Yet more shunting at Crich on February 10th!

Barely a week seems to go by without a fairly major shunting operation at Crich Tramway Village, and the latest such exercise took place on Saturday 10th February. Depot 2 is currently devoid of trams due to the ongoing depot … Continue reading

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Birmingham Westside extension works carry on

The Birmingham Westside extension of Midland Metro will move into its next phase of construction from Monday 29th January which will see Broad Street closed to all but buses, taxis and service vehicles for the long-term. This extension is due … Continue reading

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Citylink trams debut in Sheffield

After announcing only a few days ago that members of the public would finally be able to ride on a tram-train in the UK on Sunday 17th September, Stagecoach Supertram then caught us rather by surprise by debuting one of … Continue reading

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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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