Category Archives: Heaton Park Tramway

In Pictures: Winter work on Blackpool Vanguard 619

Since its arrival at Heaton Park in June 2010, Blackpool Replica Vanguard 619 has been an extremely useful and popular member of the Manchester tramway’s fleet. However, a period of outside storage (although with its open sides boarded up for … Continue reading

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British Trams Online at 15 – Loan Trams: Oporto 196

Throughout this series we have seen several trams which have made the trip from Heaton Park to Beamish but in this edition we feature a tram which made the opposite move – Oporto 196.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Loan Trams: Blackpool Railcoach 280/680

The only tram in this series to have enjoyed two loan spells with two different identities is Blackpool Ex-Towing Railcoach 280/680.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Loan Trams: Blackpool Brush 623

The second Blackpool Brush Railcoach to have enjoyed an operating loan during the past 15 years is 623, and just like 630 this is also a current loan with it remaining in Blackpool.

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First details announced for Heaton Park Tramway 2018 events

As one end starts to come to an end it is normally time to start looking ahead to the next and the latest tramway to announce their first event plans for 2018 is the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Events: Heaton Park’s Blackpool Day

On Sunday 21st November 2010 the Heaton Park Tramway held their most ambitious event as they celebrated Blackpool’s trams and transport.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Tram Loans: Leeds 6

It was the loan which went on a lot longer than had been originally thought as Leeds 6 made the trip from the Heaton Park Tramway to Beamish.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Tram Loans: Manchester 765

Another tram which has enjoyed loan periods at two separate tramways over the past 15 years is Manchester 765, a tram which usually resides in its home city at the Heaton Park Tramway but has also been seen in Blackpool … Continue reading

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British Trams Online at 15 – Tram Loans: Manchester L53

It is a tram which is currently on static display in Bury but head back a few years and it made not one, but two visits to Beamish – it is Manchester Eades Reversible Horse Tram L53.

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British Trams Online at 15 – Tram Loans: Blackpool Open Top Balloon 706

Probably one of the most unexpected but successful loans to have happened in the last 15 years, in November 2010 Blackpool Open Top Balloon 706, more commonly known as Princess Alice, visited the Heaton Park Tramway for their Blackpool Event.

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This week on British Trams Online

We have two different types of Photo Gallery for you this week, as we head overseas and also look back to our launch year in 2002:

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British Trams Online at 15 – Tram Loans: Blackpool Marton 31

Just how many trams have gone on loan over the past 15 years? Actually its quite a surprising number! In this new series we will be looking at all the trams which have gone on operating loans during this period … Continue reading

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Operating seasons end across the British Isles

As has become traditional the first weekend in November usually brings an end to heritage tramway operating seasons and 2017 has been no different. We have already seen what happened at the end of the season at both Crich and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Stockport 5 sees daylight

Stockport 5 has been undergoing major workshop attention at the Heaton Park Tramway for the past couple of years, having not operated since 2013 due to issues with its roof. Whilst the overhaul has been progressing the tram has been … Continue reading

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Heaton Park get set for a Tramtastic day

The latest special event to take place at the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester will be a Tramtastic Day Out on Sunday 2nd July with an intensive tram service the main feature of the day.

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Heaton Park recognise 25 years of Metrolink

An important milestone in British tramway history which seems to have gone largely unnoticed, is the 25th anniversary of Metrolink – the first second generation tramway in the UK. However, the Manchester Transport Museum Society have decided to hold a … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Brush car 623 returns to Blackpool

On Tuesday 6th June, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 623 returned to Rigby Road depot at Blackpool to begin a loan period. The tram has been in the care of the Manchester Transport Museum Society since 2010 and has spent most of … Continue reading

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Last chance to ride Blackpool 623 in Manchester (for now!)

As has been reported previously, Blackpool Brush Railcoach 623 is heading back home for an operating loan period to help mark the 80th anniversary of Blackpool’s Brush cars. However, before it returns to Blackpool there will be a final chance … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Three new Photo Galleries for you this week with photos coming from Crich, Heaton Park and Manchester Metrolink:

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Heaton Park Tramway New Volunteers Day – Saturday 22nd April

Volunteers are the lifeblood of heritage tramways across the UK and without them it is incredibly unlikely we would be able to enjoy the excellent events we see year on year. All heritage tramways are continually looking for more volunteers … Continue reading

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