Category Archives: Feature Articles

2012 – what’s in store?

2011 has certainly been an action-packed year for Britain’s tramways for various reasons – some of them good, some of them best forgotten! With more tram loans, Blackpool trams entering preservation, new arrivals at Heaton Park & East Anglia, and … Continue reading

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Blackpool Tramway – The End of an Era: Editor’s Top 10 Memories

As is inevitable when something comes to an end – such as the end of traditional tramway operation in Blackpool – we start to look back and think of all the happy memories it has bought us. British Trams Online … Continue reading

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Blackpool Tramway – The End of an Era: A Personal View

Just before midnight on Sunday 6th November 2011 saw the final tram enter the Rigby Road Depot in Blackpool as 126 years of traditional tramway operation came to an end. When the next tram runs in passenger service in the … Continue reading

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A Week in Blackpool: 9th-15th September 2011

This is the tenth year in a row I have spent at least a week in Blackpool in September – some might say I need to find somewhere else to go on holiday – and it would be fair to … Continue reading

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A Weekend in Blackpool: 16th-19th September 2011

Most readers of this website are probably aware that 2011 has been an extremely difficult season for the Blackpool tramway and its operator, Blackpool Transport. The ongoing upgrade works have made the tramway less user-friendly than ever, and although this … Continue reading

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Leeds Horse Tram 107

Since autumn 2005 a project has been running to restore the oldest surviving Leeds Tram to running order. This is not an electric car but the only survivor from the horse tram era. Project Manager Jamie Guest fills us in … Continue reading

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Midland Metro: A Personal Farewell

Stephen Leigh looks at the Midland Metro system which links Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Stephen was a regular commuter on the system for a few years and looks at just why it has not been as succesful as would have been … Continue reading

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A Week in Blackpool: 30th August-6th September 2008

It’s hard to believe that it is the seventh consecutive year that British Trams Online’s Webmaster Gareth Prior has visited Blackpool at the start of September. This year it was the first week of the Illuminations between 30th August and … Continue reading

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The Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramway 2005

For the fourth successive year BRITISH TRAMS ONLINE’s webmaster Gareth Prior reports on “A Week in Blackpool”, in a format completely ripped off from another publication…

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Crich Tramway Village Tramathon 2005

One of these days the team behind the scenes at Crich organising the special events are going to run out of new and exciting things to do on these days! On Sunday 12 June it was the annual Crich Tramway … Continue reading

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Tramway Museum Society 50th Anniversary Cavalcade

The Tramway Museum Society celebrated their 50th Anniversary over the weekend of 28/29 May 2005. Andrew Waddington reports on the events of the Saturday when there was a major cavalcade of trams – with a few surprises…

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North of England Open Air Museum – Beamish

Andrew Waddington reports on what the North of England Open Air Museum at Beamish has to offer – both from trams and the museum itself…

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Review of the Year 2004: January-June

2004 has been quite a year for trams in the UK. There has been the opening of Nottingham Express Transit, celebrations in Blackpool for the 70th Anniversary of the streamlined trams, government rejection of light rail schemes nationwide and the … Continue reading

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Guernsey Tram Plan

There are ambitious plans on the Channel Island of Guernsey to run a heritage tram service and restore some original trams to operate it. Roy Perry, who has been trying to raise interest in the project for a number of … Continue reading

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Crich Tramway Village Enthusiasts Day 2004

Andrew Waddington takes a look at the annual Crich Tramway Village Enthusiasts Day held on 25 September which also saw the relaunch of Blackpool Toastrack 166 into service…

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The Blackpool Tramway 2004 – Week 2 12th to 18th September

Continuing our look at what happened on the Blackpool Tramway at the start of the 2004 illuminations.

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The Blackpool Tramway 2004 – Week 1: 4th to 11th September

n the third annual report on this subject Gareth Prior takes a look at what was happening on the Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramway for a 2 week period in September 2004 (the first 2 weeks of the Illumination period)…

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Blackpool Streamlined Trams 70th Anniversary Review

The 70th Anniversary of the Streamlined Trams in Blackpool afforded the opportunity for some major tram special events for the first time in 6 years in the north western town. In this report Gareth Prior gives a run down of … Continue reading

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Blackpool Streamlined Trams Special Events Preview

The eyes of the first generation tram world will be on Blackpool over the weekend of 11 and 12 September 2004 as the iconic streamlined trams will be celebrated in a couple of special events. This mini article is just … Continue reading

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Croydon Tramlink: Today and Tomorrow

The Croydon Tramlink system has proved to be a success since opening over 4 years ago. In the next of the occasional series on current tram systems in the UK, British Trams Online Webmaster Gareth Prior takes a brief look … Continue reading

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