Category Archives: General

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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In Pictures: Blackpool 636 at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

One of the earlier departures in the great Blackpool tram sell-off with the then impending upgrade of the tramway in mind was Blackpool Brush 636. But unlike many of the other trams which went on to pastures new and a … Continue reading

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Kingsway Tram Tunnel to be opened as part of Hidden London events

Over the past 18 months or so one of the most popular series of articles we have run on British Trams Online has been “Still Standing” where we have taken a look at some of those first generation tramway structures … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Zoom presentations featuring the tramways and railways of the Isle of Man

Come 15-18 months ago and if someone said to you Zoom you would probably think about your camera lens and getting closer to whatever you were taking photos of! But throughout the pandemic many of us have learnt all about … Continue reading

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Promotion of light rail post-pandemic under discussion

UK Tram are leading discussions amongst tram and light rail operators in the UK to plan for the promotion of passengers returning to travel once Coronavirus restrictions start to be lifted later this year. While detailed plans remain difficult because … Continue reading

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Penzance London County Council tramway trailers saved for now

Back in February we reported about the unusual Facebook Markeplace listing of two old London County Council tramway trailers for sale in Penzance, Cornwall. At the time the two trailers were available for £100 and since then they have been … Continue reading

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Wrexham Museum consider options for last remaining Wrexham trams

Last March we ran one of our “Lost Trams” series on two Wrexham tram bodies which are at Bersham Colliery where they have been stored in the open for around 16 years. Now, 12 months on and Wrexham Museum are … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Streetlife Museum, Hull

In this pictorial article we make a visit to the Streetlife Museum of Transport in Hull. With two major tram related exhibits featured, this museum was officially opened over 30 years ago in 1989. The interior of museum is set-up … Continue reading

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Old track discovered under Weymouth Harbour Tramway

We reported last year on the start of work to remove the Weymouth Harbour Tramway line in the Dorset town, which although not a tramway in the traditional sense still saw rail based services run in the streets for a … Continue reading

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