Category Archives: September 2018 Review

September Review – Blackpool: No. 8 – Balloon 718

The only one of four of the Balloon Cars which were rebuilt at the end of the 1990s and early part of the 21st century with flat fronts to be currently operational is 718. Now carrying a Green and Cream … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 16 – Down at Derby Castle Sheds

Derby Castle Sheds have been the home of the Manx Electric Railway for 125 years. Much expanded from the original 1893 building they are now home to the vast majority of the surviving MER fleet with only Laxey Car Sheds … Continue reading

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September Review – Crich: No. 8 – Anniversary line-ups

With the theme for 2018’s Simply Trams being anniversaries and birthdays there were a number of photo line-ups on that theme with several of the collection being lucky enough to be celebrating significant anniversaries.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 15 – Another look at some of the MER trailers

For the second time in this series we concentrate on the trailers performing a valuable service to MER.

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 7 – Brush Railcoach 621

The September 2018 event was the second successive event that Brush 621 featured at, with this tram having been restored to service in time for the 2017 version. The original Brush Car remained popular this year with passengers clambering to … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 14 – Solo Motors

The normal many have of the Manx Electric Railway is of motor and trailer working together but it is also a fairly common occurrence during quieter periods for motors to run solo which also have the major advantage of speeding … Continue reading

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September Review – Crich: No. 7 – Leeds Trams

The current operational fleet at Crich consists of three trams which plied their trade in West Yorkshire on Leeds Corporation Tramways. These are 180, 345 and 399 and they all feature in today’s look back at Simply Trams.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 13 – Wagons in service

Throughout its earlier history the MER was not just concerned with the transportation of passengers but also goods and mail. To this end a number of wagons and vans were built for use and over the past few years several … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 6 – Balloon 701

The oldest of the Balloon Cars to be an official member of the heritage tram fleet (700 doesn’t count as it is a B fleet Balloon which just happens to be more or less solely used as a heritage tram!) … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 12 – The Oldest Tram in the World

There aren’t many trams in the British Isles which can lay claim to having an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records but the original MER motors can do so. They are officially the oldest trams in the world … Continue reading

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September Review – Crich: No. 6 – Blackpool & Fleetwood Rack 2

An unexpected tram in use during Simply Trams was Blackpool & Fleetwood Rack 2 with the tram having previously been withdrawn from service requiring a space in the workshop. But with the tram itself being 120 years old – and … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 11 – Ratchet 14 is back!

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the MER 125 events was the return to action of Ratchet Car 14 following the completion of its restoration. Having last run in passenger service in 1978 (and works use two years later), the … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 5 – Illuminated Trams

Blackpool’s Illuminated trams have always turned heads when they come into their own during the annual Illumination season from September until November each year. The operational Illuminated tram fleet currently consists of three trams – Western Train, Frigate and Trawler … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No.10 – Winter Saloons in action

They have been the mainstay of the Manx Electric Railway ever since they were delivered in 1899 and the chances are that if you visit the line on a normal day it will be dominated by this class of motor. … Continue reading

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September Review – Crich: No. 5 – Wakebridge The Terminus!

As part of the event at the start of the day trams only ran as far as Wakebridge as 2018 marked the 40th anniversary that the line to Glory Mine was opened. In today’s look back at September’s events we … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 9 – Trailers to the forefront

Most of the time when photos of the Manx Electric Railway are featured our attention is turned towards the motor but in this article it is the trailer which is in the foreground.

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 4 – Centenary 642

Another tram which enjoyed workshop attention during 2018 ahead of a return to service was Centenary 642, with it becoming the very first heritage tram to receive an advertising livery!

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 8 – More from the Horse Tram Cavalcade

The Cavalcade continued with some of the more regular trams in service and this article takes a look at a couple more of those involved.

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September Review – Crich: No. 4 – Blackpool 167

Today we feature one of the many Blackpool trams in the national collection – Blackpool Pantograph 167. This is another tram currently part of the operational fleet and that is exactly what is was doing on 1st September.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 7 – Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Cavalcade starts

Just a day after the MER Cavalcade and the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway was at it as well! Joining in its younger sisters celebrations seven trams were paraded the entire length of the horse tramway (and back!) – in its … Continue reading

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