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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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In Pictures: Upper Douglas Tramway flywheel

A few weeks ago we reported on the plan to display a surviving flywheel from the Upper Douglas Tramway in the Bottleneck car park and this has now been put into place, including information panels on the significance of the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nottingham Corporation Tramways 45

For a system which closed for the last time in 1936 there are a number of Nottingham Corporation Tramways tram bodies which have remained intact in various states. As well as several parts of trams from this network being in … Continue reading

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Upper Douglas Tramway survivor to go on display

The one remaining piece of machinery which used to help operate the Upper Douglas Tramway is to go on display in the town following restoration. The flywheel has been restored by volunteers from the Jurby Transport Museum and a team … Continue reading

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Finnish trams not yet finished!

We don’t often report on news from overseas tramways but this story caught our eye as the Helsinki transport authority is offering up some of its historic trams for free! There are several catches, however!

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A new home for the Blackpool Tram Shop

At the end of 2017 the Blackpool Tram Shop at North Pier – a regular haunt we would imagine for many readers of this website – closed its doors for the final time with the promise of a much bigger … Continue reading

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New book series to be released

Four new books are to be released in a new series which aims to document the rich transport and social history at the heart of Wales’ town and cities. Written by Peter Waller, Lost Tramways of Wales will, unsurprisingly, look … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Birmingham 107

The chances are that if you think of preserved first generation Birmingham trams your first thought will be of 585 located at the Thinktank Museum in the city centre. However, there is another tram from the city in the Greater … Continue reading

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A talk on Public Transport in Aberdeen

On Monday 14th May a special talk on public transport in Aberdeen will take place at Aberdeen Central Library including sections on the horse and electric trams which once ran in the city. Starting at 1800 and continuing until 1930, … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Grampian Transport Museum & its trams

The Grampian Transport Museum in Alford, near Aberdeen, has an impressive display of vehicles with a concentration on cars and bikes although there is also enough to keep the tram enthusiast happy as well in the form of two trams. … Continue reading

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