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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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Original Liverpool tram poles coming down

Some 61 years after the last trams ran in Liverpool it seems that the amount of remnants of trams in the city is set to decrease in early 2019 with the last of the original tram overhead support poles now … Continue reading

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Sounds & Pictures in Time! Glasgow’s last trams

An extra special Christmas treat for you today as we head to Glasgow on 19th November 1962 for the sounds and pictures of Glasgow’s trams. On this date a group of enthusiasts visited Coplawhill Works to assess 1005 for preservation … Continue reading

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Very Light Rail progresses in the West Midlands

One of the complaints about developing light rail projects in the UK is the large costs involved causing many local authorities to think twice but a new project currently under development in the West Midlands could change all that with … Continue reading

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Public screening of Manchester’s tramway history in January

There will be a unique opportunity on Wednesday 16th January 2019 to take a look at footage of Manchester’s original tram network to mark the 70th anniversary of the closure of the system in January 1949. Tickets for this event … Continue reading

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Former Aberdeen tram grounded – what future does it have?

We have previously featured the former Aberdeen Suburban Tramways no. 11 – which has been converted to a carriage for use on the Alford Valley Railway – on these pages but the ex-tram has been grounded since earlier this year … Continue reading

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