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New children’s books coming soon – with a tram connection!

Have you ever wondered what adventures the seagulls of Blackpool get up to? (When they’re not swooping down and stealing food from oblivious visitors anyway!) Well, now is your chance as a new series of children’s story books will take … Continue reading

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LRSSB’s annual report puts successful safety projects in the spotlight

The Light Rail Safety and Standards Board annual report has highlighted the successful delivery of a wide range of projects aimed at further enhancing light rail safety over the past year. From the publication of updated guidance documents to the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Aberdeen tram rosettes restored

We’ve often mentioned tram rosettes on these pages, with many actually still clinging on to buildings across the UK (and then getting to feature in “Still Standing!”). During the heyday of first generation trams one city which relied heavily on … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More tram track uncovered

We’ve seen it many a time before, and will doubtless see it many more times, tram track being uncovered beneath the road surface in various UK towns during roadworks. This time around its Stockport where the past has been rediscovered.

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New interpretation for remains of Birmingham 107

The only tram at the Aldridge Transport Museum – formerly the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum – has recently received some new interpretation to give visitors to the museum a better idea of what the tram would have looked like. … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Glasgow 585 at the Science Museum store

Whilst there are many Glasgow trams which have been preserved there is probably one which has proved to be elusive to most – Glasgow 585. Owned by the Science Museum the tram used to be on display at the Kensington … Continue reading

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Norwich 39 up for sale on Facebook Marketplace!

We’ve seen something similar happen before but amongst the mattresses, tables, children’s toys and bricks (free bricks no less!), Facebook Marketplace sometimes throws up a bit of surprise. The surprise this time is the body of Norwich Electric Tramways no. … Continue reading

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Dudley South MP gives support for Dudley Dasher scheme

Pre Metro – operators of the Stourbridge Shuttle which uses Parry People Mover vehicles – have recently met with Dudley South MP, Mike Wood, who has reaffirmed his support for the Dudley Dasher proposal which would see services running between … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Tram tracks uncovered in North Shields

North Shields is the latest town/city in the UK to have uncovered a piece of its tramway past recently with some tracks not used for at least 90 years having been found during some redevelopment work in the town.

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What does the Integrated Rail Plan mean for light rail?

You probably can’t help but have noticed that over the past few days there has been a major transport announcement from the government affecting the midlands and north of England with details of the Integrated Rail Plan –  which includes … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Sheffield 460 at South Yorkshire Transport Museum

This article has been updated since original publication of 21st November 2021. While we often feature Sheffield trams – old and new – there is one surviving tram which has very little mention – Sheffield 460. It may not be … Continue reading

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On the internet: Photos from the GEC archive

Since the first trams were introduced in the British Isles there have been probably millions of photos taken of them, whether that be official works pictures or a member of the public taking a quick snapshot in the city centre. … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More tram track uncovered in Southend

Most of our articles featuring Southend-on-Sea on the Essex coast usually look at the Pier Tramway/Railway (which is seeing new trains introduced within the next few months) but the town used to be home to a 3ft6in gauge tramway from … Continue reading

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Stourbridge Dasher seeks alternative funding

The proposed Stourbridge Dasher – which it is hoped will run between Stourbridge and Brierley Hill using a low-cost light rail vehicle – is now looking for alternative sources of funding to achieve its ambitions after the Department for Transport … Continue reading

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New report urges support for Britain’s light rail systems to aid city region’s COVID recovery

Another new report has just been released which urges the government to continue support to not only protect current light rail systems in Britain but also to expand them with the aim that this will help to aid city regions’ … Continue reading

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Shortlist revealed for Global Light Rail Awards

Tramways and light rail systems from across the world will be waiting with anticipation for Wednesday 6th October when the results are announced on the Global Light Rail Awards at a glitzy ceremony in London. The shortlist has now been … Continue reading

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London’s cable car looks for new sponsorship as 13 million journeys recorded

Since opening in summer 2012, London’s cable car, which runs between the Greenwich Peninsular and the Royal Docks, has seen over 13 million journeys recorded and now Transport for London are looking for a new sponsor with Emirates 10 years … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A Newcastle tram in Rutland…

We occasionally feature on these pages a tram which is a little off the beaten track and get very little publicity or coverage and that is the case in this article as we feature the unrestored lower saloon of a … Continue reading

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“Stourbridge Dasher” service gets backing from officials and the public

A proposed passenger service using a Very Light Rail Vehicle between Stourbridge and Brierley Hill – known as the “Stourbridge Dasher” – has received the backing from local politicians and the public in a recent survey. Pre Metro – operator … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More tram tracks unearthed in Southend

We were last on the streets of Southend-on-Sea back in October 2020 when we saw some unearthed tram tracks and now we return there as more has now been discovered during further works in the town.

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