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English Trams and Trolleybuses tour now on sale

Have you ever wanted to do a tour of many of England’s tram and trolleybus systems and museums but haven’t quite known how to organise it? Well the good news is an escorted tour of several systems across England is … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Transport Group unveil commemorative plaque

The Edinburgh Transport Group have unveiled a plaque and information panel at the former Braids tram terminus on Comiston Road, Edinburgh to mark the restoration of the former 1930s tram shelter and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the closure … Continue reading

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Can you help identify these photos?

We have recently been contacted by Elaine Clarke who has discovered a discarded old album of photos which included images of tram lines being laid in a mystery location. The album also contained pictures of Wentworth Castle suggesting a possible … Continue reading

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Old tram tracks discovered in Nottingham

During recent construction works in Nottingham City Centre on Station Street workmen discovered some tram tracks from the original Corporation Tramway. Two tracks side by side curving from Station Street into Carrington Street were found as this photo from Bob … Continue reading

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Can you help? Equipment required for Guernsey no. 3

We have previously reported on the sole surviving tram from Guernsey which has remained stored on the island waiting for a brighter future. Well now we can report that there is a brighter future for no. 3 which will be … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Brush 636 on its travels again

Earlier this week we talked about Blackpool trams ending up in unusual locations for unusual purposes and another tram which falls into that category is Blackpool Brush 636. The Brush Railcoach – which originally left Blackpool as long as ago … Continue reading

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All change at the DfT

Following the resignation of David Cameron as Prime Minister and his subsequent replacement by Teresa May there have been changes to the cabinet which has included major changes at the Department for Transport. Out has gone Patrick McLoughlin – who … Continue reading

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The end of San Francisco trams in the UK?

In the early part of the 21st century two San Francisco Muni trams made the trip across the Atlantic Ocean for a hoped for new life in the UK but that hope now appears extinguished with news reaching us that … Continue reading

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Can you help? Bordeaux trams

We have been contacted by Alan Warwick who is going to be visiting Bordeaux in France later this year and wants some more information ahead of his visit. “I wondered if you could provide a link to an enthusiasts site … Continue reading

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Southport Pier tram removed

The chances of the Southport Pier Tramway being resurrected in the future now seems to be over with the articulated tram – introduced onto the line in 2005 – having this week being removed from the Pier with the Council … Continue reading

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First volume of new Regional Tramways book series released

The first volume of a new book series that will cover the history of tramway operations in the British Isles has just been released. This first book concentrates on Yorkshire and North East England and is written by established author … Continue reading

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Trams for the Isle of Wight?

A report into the future of the Island Line on the Isle of Wight – currently part of the South West Trains railway franchise – has suggested that the best option could be that it is converted to become a … Continue reading

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Bournemouth tram converted into office

For a tramway which closed in 1936 Bournemouth Corporation Tramways has a remarkable number of surviving tram bodies (13 are known about although the majority are not exactly in sparkling condition). Most readers on this website will know about 106 … Continue reading

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New book: Tram Atlas Britain and Ireland

Tram Atlas Britain and Ireland is a new book which looks at all not only the tramways and light rail systems of Britain and Ireland but also other urban rail systems. Written by Robert Schwandl the book has text in … Continue reading

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Double slip diamond point – can you help?

During a recent visit to the AMITRAM museum line near Lille in France British Trams Online regular contributor Tony Sullivan viewed a double slip diamond point (photo provided below). Seeing this got Tony wondering whether any such point was ever … Continue reading

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Mainland home wanted for Guernsey tram

On Guernsey in the Channel Islands there is a rare survivor of the Guernsey Railway (which despite its name was a tramway) – a Milne’s 1896 4 wheel open top vehicle which had run on the system until it closed … Continue reading

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Calling all southern tram enthusiasts!

Over the years practically all of the operating heritage tramways have developed in the Midlands and north of England but if a small group of enthusiasts’ ambitious plans come about all of that could be about to change! With the … Continue reading

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Glasgow Airport tram-train link could cause delays to other services

A new Transport Scotland report has said that the plans for a tram-train service to Glasgow Airport could cause delays to some other services with other services also likely to have to be removed to make way for the plans. … Continue reading

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More winners from Light Rail Awards 2014

Barnbrook Systems – a family run business from Hampshire – is celebrating after winning an award at the recent Light Rail Awards and being highly commended in another category. The company was praised by the judges for its longevity and … Continue reading

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Passengers on the up again across England

The Department for Transport have released their annual light rail statistics and once again they have shown that more passengers than ever before in the “modern era” have been carried. 227 million passenger journeys were recorded on the 8 systems … Continue reading

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