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In Pictures: Tram track unearthed in Leeds

It’s the type of story which continues to happen all around the UK as various utility works and roadworks see old tram tracks unearthed. Once buried beneath the road surface following the abandonment of first generation tramways, partly for ease … Continue reading

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A new home for a Lisbon tram

The chances are that if you think of a Lisbon tram in the UK your mind immediately heads to the Wirral where fully restored Lisbon 730 can be found operating on the Heritage Tramway there (when that is possible, of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Bradford 104 at Bradford Industrial Museum

In the latest instalment of trams on display which rarely feature on these pages we head to West Yorkshire and the Bradford Industrial Museum where surviving Bradford Corporation Tramways tramcar no. 104 can be found on display.

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In Pictures: Portsmouth 84 at Milestones Museum

It’s the fully intact tram which is closest to British Trams Online headquarters but barely gets mentioned (indeed I’ve personally only ever seen it once in a visit many years ago!) so its time to change all that! The tram … Continue reading

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London and its horse trams

Have you ever wondered just where London’s horse trams went? Well, if you have, wonder no longer! Thanks to extensive research by one of their members the Branch Line Society have published an atlas of all horse tram routes in … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More on the Wrexham tram bodies

One of our most popular stories for comment in recent months has been that on the two Wrexham tram bodies and we can now bring a bit more detail and views of the pair just as they were rescued and … Continue reading

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Light rail included in Cork’s transport strategy

Ireland could be home to a second light rail network, that is if a new transport strategy for the Cork Metropolitan Area over the next two decades goes ahead. The revised strategy has been released following a consultation period and … Continue reading

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Weymouth Harbour Tramway set to be removed

It may be a tramway only in name as throughout its history it has been an extension of the mainline railway but the history of the Weymouth Harbour Tramway is about to come to an end with more than £1 … Continue reading

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An advert from the past – Stokes Paints

Have you ever wondered where paint comes from for trams? Well wonder no more as a recent find at an old Methodist Chapel in Yorkshire has found an old advert for Stokes Paints which apparently “Keep the Trams in TIP … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Portsdown & Horndean 5 finds use as a waiting shelter

There are many uses for an old withdrawn tram and at the Old Kiln Light Railway a former Portsdown & Horndean tram body has become part of the station building. Located at the Rural Life Centre in Tilford, Surrey the … Continue reading

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Trackless tram plans on the agenda for Liverpool

Could trams finally return to the streets of Liverpool? They could if plans currently being discussed come to fruition but rather than having track and overhead to operate they would be trackless trams operated by batteries with rubber wheels and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trams at Sandtoft

Sandtoft is most known for its Trolleybus museum – it has the UK’s largest collection of trolleybuses – with 60+ trolleybuses on site, many of them operational, but in addition it is also home to a couple of trams. More … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Ingrow Shelter

When we usually think about transport preservation we usually think about the actual vehicles – that is after all what normally attracts us to this hobby – but there are also many other artefacts that are saved for posterity which … Continue reading

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Where are they now? Barrow Corporation Tividale trams

Following the closure of Barrow Corporation Tramways in 1932 six Tividale design trams were sold on further use as holiday accommodation before some were then sold on for possible preservation. The question mark in the headline is very much a … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Ipswich tram depot today (well, June anyway!)

Across the UK there are a number of first generation tram depots still standing albeit for uses other than that they were originally built for. One such depot is that which stands on Constantine Road in Ipswich which after the … Continue reading

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Marking 70 years since the end of trams in Leicester

Today (9th November) marks the 70th anniversary of the closure of Leicester Corporation Tramways, a network which at its peak ran for almost 23 miles around the East Midlands city. To mark the anniversary we take a brief look back … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More old track found in Sheffield

As work around Sheffield City Centre continues yet more old tram track has been discovered, some 60 years since it was last on the surface in use for its original purpose. When many towns and cities abandoned their tramway rather … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A Belgian resident in Suffolk

Think trams in Suffolk and you would probably immediately go East Anglia Transport Museum or the Ipswich Transport Museum. However, there is another tram in the area in Southwold on the site of a proposed new museum called Steamworks. It … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Birmingham 107 at Aston Manor Road Transport Museum

Across the UK there are a number of small transport museums run by volunteers with limited opening hours which tend to go under the radar somewhat but still have many key exhibits which have been saved for the future. One … Continue reading

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Tram on the move

A tram that little is known about is set to move soon, leaving its home of the past four years in Colwyn Bay for pastures new. The replica tram – which has been around for a number of years and … Continue reading

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