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Isle of Man 2017: IOM 50 Group visit and Heritage Transport Festival

David Mee reports from the Isle of Man where the Isle of Man 50 Group had their usual private hires immediately before the Manx Heritage Transport Festival with a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the nationalisation of the Manx … Continue reading

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Event Report: Blackpool tram event at Crich, October 12th 2014

On Sunday 12th October, the National Tramway Museum staged an ‘extra’ event which was arranged at short notice to capitalise on the large variety of Blackpool trams currently at the museum. This was intended to mark a number of occasions, … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 5: Thank you & goodnight!

The second cavalcade of the weekend was intended to illustrate the development of electric tramcar design; rather than the vehicles being presented in order of age, the idea here was to show the design evolution, hence some trams which were … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 4: Trams of the North East

Day two of the ‘Electric 50′ event on Sunday 14th September once again got off to a sunny start, although the temperature was somewhat cooler than the Saturday. The day began with the chance to show off the trio of … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 3: Trams as far as the eye can see

Arguably the main event to celebrate fifty years of electric tramcar operation at Crich, was the 25-tram cavalcade on Saturday 13th September, featuring all of the available electric passenger cars in the fleet, including the visiting trams currently on site, … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 2: The Misadventures of Spongebob

At 1100 on Saturday 13th September, a large crowd gathered in the depot yard at Crich to witness the official launch into museum service of Blackpool 762 – the first of the Jubilee cars to ever run in passenger service … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 1: Newcastle & Fleetwood

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, readers of this website will surely be aware that 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of electric tramcar operation at Crich Tramway Village – the first museum tramway … Continue reading

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The Blackpool Heritage Trust – what does it mean?

The formation of the Blackpool Heritage Trust to help secure the long-term future of a heritage tram fleet in Blackpool, has been greeted with much celebration from the vast majority of enthusiasts. However, the creation of the new Trust has … Continue reading

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A visit to Crich Tramway Village – Sunday 3rd August

On Sunday 3rd August, British Trams Online writer Andrew Waddington paid a visit to Crich Tramway Village, primarily to see and ride on Blackpool & Fleetwood ‘Box’ car 40. As has been extensively reported on this site recently, car 40 … Continue reading

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Event Review: Manchester 765 – 100 Not Out!

On Sunday 6th July, a very special event took place at Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway to commemorate the centenary of Manchester 765. Having been the tram which led to the formation of the Manchester Transport Museum Society and the re-opening … Continue reading

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Event Review: Best of Sheffield – Crich May 2014

Saturday 17th May 2014 was not only the first day of a new event at the Crich Tramway Village – Best of Sheffield – but was also saw the return of Sheffield 510 into service following a Tramcar Sponsorship Organisation … Continue reading

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2013: An Editor’s Year

2013 was certainly an interesting year here both at British Trams Online and at most of the UK’s tramways and light rail systems. Sure there have been some negatives but they have mostly been outweighed by the positives. Rather than … Continue reading

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Twelve Days on the Isle of Man

David Mee reports from the Isle of Man summarising the main activities on the Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell during private hires by the ‘Isle of Man 50 Group’ and the following Manx Heritage Transport event.

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A Capital Weekend – Crich

On the weekend of 6th & 7th July 2013, Crich Tramway Village held ‘A Capital Weekend’ – a celebration of all things London. Although held primarily to commemorate 80 years since the formation of the London Passenger Transport Board, the … Continue reading

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Blackpool Balloonatic Weekend: 25-27 May 2013

Following on from the incredibly successful heritage tram operation in Blackpool over the Easter and May Day Bank Holiday weekends, the third stint of action for the heritage fleet came over the Spring Bank Holiday period. Building on the success … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway Easter 2013

Although the Manx Electric Railway had started official operations for 2013 at the beginning of March at weekends only the Easter period marks the first intensive service of the year with nine return journeys due to be run each day … Continue reading

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Beamish’s Great North Festival of Transport 2013

The Spring transport event at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North saw a major expansion in 2013 with the Great North Steam Fair joined by Our Friends Electric and Old King Coal to make a 12 day spectacular called … Continue reading

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London Trams at Crich

London trams form a key part of the National Tramway Museum collection based at Crich, making it highly appropriate that this museum will be holding a special event to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the closure of the city’s extensive … Continue reading

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The Great Blackpool Tram Invasion

What do most people think of when the word ‘tram’ is mentioned to them? For some, a traditional British double-decker, such as Chesterfield 7 or Leicester 76, would probably spring to mind, whilst for the younger generation, it may be … Continue reading

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60 Years in Preservation: London Tramcar no. 1858 by Tim Major

In July 2012 London Transport HR/2 tramcar No. 1858 celebrates 60 years since its purchase from London Transport by a young tram enthusiast Peter Davis, probably the first time a tramcar had been acquired for preservation by a private individual. … Continue reading

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