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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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In Pictures: More old tram track uncovered in Sheffield

Track has been a key word in Sheffield this summer with the rail replacement work around Hillsborough having now finished having taken place for several months whilst elsewhere various old tram track – from the first generation tramway – has … Continue reading

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UK Tram put a case forward for investment in light rail

UK Tram – a not-for-profit organisation who bring together all organisations with an interest in the future development of light rail in the UK – have recently released a new video putting forward the case for more investment in light … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Portsdown & Horndean 13 on display

We take a look at another entry into those trams which survive but get very little coverage in this article with views of Portsdown & Horndean 13 which can be found at the City of Portsmouth Passenger Transport Department (CPPTD … Continue reading

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New Secretary of State for Transport announced

Unless you’ve been avoiding the news over the past few days you may have noticed that a new Prime Minister is now in office, Boris Johnson in case you missed it!, which has also led to a widespread cabinet reshuffle. … Continue reading

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The end of Liverpool’s overhead poles

You may remember at the start of this year we reported on the start of work to remove some of the last remaining poles which used to be used for the overhead wire of Liverpool Corporation Tramways. Now after several … Continue reading

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Call made for memorial to Burton tram tragedy

During the peak years of first generation tramways in the UK there were a number of accidents which saw people tragically lose their lives and now a call has made for one of these to be commemorated as the centenary … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Streetlife Museum of Transport, Hull

Home to three trams is the Streetlife Museum of Transport in Hull including Hull 132, on loan from the Tramway Museum Society. Also on show at this small museum are Ryde Pier 3 and Portstewart Tramway Tram Engine 1 with … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More old tram track discovered in Sheffield

It seems that if you like to see rediscovered tram track then the place to be at the moment is Sheffield as hot on the heels of the track found in Blonk Street more roadworks has seen further sections uncovered … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Old tram rail uncovered in Sheffield

Tram rails in Sheffield has been in the news over the past few months with the latest phase of the major rail replacement project on the Supertram network but there is more tram track in Sheffield – track which hasn’t … Continue reading

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Is Cork going to join the light rail club?

Will Ireland have a second city with a light rail line in the future? If the latest plans released by the National Transport Authority (NTA) come to fruition it will with proposals for a new line from east to west … Continue reading

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New report looks for major transport revolution in Glasgow

Could Glasgow be the second Scottish city to enjoy the benefits of a light rail type transport system? If ambitious plans revealed in a new report come to fruition it could although it wouldn’t come cheap with the complete package … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Steam tram engine under restoration at Nene Valley Railway

Amongst all of the trams which have been restored to operational condition across the UK one of the missing pieces of the jigsaw is a steam tram locomotive. Whilst John Bull was restored and did operate for a time in … Continue reading

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Plans announced for trams in Leicester – if the Conservatives win local elections

It’s a type of story that springs up every now and then across the UK – proposals to build a new tramway to help traffic congestion. This time around it’s Leicester which is considering the proposals but it isn’t the … Continue reading

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Government call for new light rail solutions?

As we saw earlier this month, Jesse Norman MP, Transport Secretary, visited Birmingham for a special ceremony to lay the first track on the Birmingham Westside extension and whilst there took the opportunity to launch a call for evidence to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Old Liverpool overhead support poles still in place

Earlier this year we reported on the last remaining overhead support poles in Liverpool which are set to be removed during 2019. Now in sole use for street lighting an upgrade of this equipment will necessitate the removal of these … Continue reading

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