Monthly Archives: March 2012

Variotram 2554 enters service

Over the past few weeks enthusiasts have been debating whether Croydon’s Variotrams or Blackpool’s Flexity2s would enter fare paying passenger service first – well now that question has been answered with Variotram 2554 carrying passengers briefly on Friday 30th March. … Continue reading

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Fare rises for NET

Tramlink Nottingham – new operators of Nottingham Express Transit – have announced that fares are to increase from Sunday 15th April with significant rises on day tickets, single fares and the Paypoint longer term season tickets. Despite the inevitable outcry … Continue reading

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Ten trams now in Edinburgh

Whilst our attentions have been turned towards tram deliveries in Blackpool, Croydon and Manchester the only modern tramway in Scotland has also been receiving new vehicles at regular intervals with ten of the CAF built trams now at Gogar Depot.

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Plans for Midland Metro extension through Dudley unveiled

In the same week that Centro announced their “memorandum of understanding” with Birmingham City Council it has also been reported that they are once again planning an extension through Dudley. This extension would be part of a line between Wednesbury … Continue reading

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Come and “Like” us on Facebook!

British Trams Online is now on Facebook! As some of you will be aware we have had a Group on Facebook for a number of years but the drawback of this has been that you have to be a member … Continue reading

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Supertram 111 receives fleet numbers

Following on from the application of fleet numbers to celebrity liveried 120, all over adverted 111 has now also received fleet numbers on each end. 111 retains its long standing advert for fellow Stagecoach subsidiary East Midlands Trains.

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Memorandum of Understanding for future Midland Metro extensions signed

Centro and the City of Birmingham City Council have signed an agreement which should make any future extensions of Midland Metro slightly easier – although the usual hoops will still have to be jumped through. The Memorandum of Understanding between … Continue reading

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Midland Metro Easter Services

A revised service will operate over the Easter weekend on the Midland Metro.

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Easter services on Nottingham Express Transit

Services on lines 1 and 2 of Nottingham Express Transit will be revised over the Easter weekend.

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More Olympic test timetables for DLR: 20th to 24th April

The Docklands Light Railway have announced that they will be operating modified timetables again between Friday 20th and Tuesday 24th April as they continue to test their proposed service for the Olympic and Paralympic 2012 London games. Once again several … Continue reading

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NET Phase Two information events a “success”

Nottingham City Council have heralded recent information events on Nottingham Express Transit Phase Two as a success with nearly 1700 people having attended them. The events were organised to allow people who live or work near the extensions to find … Continue reading

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Family Group ticket available for Easter travel on NET

In the same week that NET have revealed fare rises they have also announced that the Family Group ticket – originally offered during the February half term – will be available between 31st March and 15th April. This ticket allows … Continue reading

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Ghost trams sighted in Blackpool

Following countless delays, the much-hyped ‘ghost running’ of Blackpool’s new Flexity2 trams finally got underway on Friday 30th March, albeit not quite as expected. Prior to this day, only two of the new trams had even run to Fleetwood Ferry … Continue reading

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Birkenhead 20 arrives at Beamish

Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, welcomed its latest visiting tramcar on Friday 30th March when Birkenhead 20 arrived in the North East. The tram, which normally runs at Birkenhead, has been loaned to the Museum by its owners … Continue reading

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Railcoach restoration restarts

This week is shaping up to be an exciting one for British tramway preservation, and the Lancastrian Transport Trust are playing a key part in this. The Trust have announced that work has now restarted on the reconstruction of English Electric Railcoach … Continue reading

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Spring news from Heaton Park

Spring 2012 has turned out to be quite eventful for Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway, with a special event day held on Sunday 25th March to celebrate the tramway’s 32nd anniversary. The next day however was even more significant, as a … Continue reading

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Trams finally return to Fleetwood

It’s been a long wait – a very, very long wait in fact – but trams are finally up and running through the streets of Fleetwood for the first time since 2009. The Blackpool tramway upgrade has caused particularly noticeable … Continue reading

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London 159 also comes alive!

The last week of March 2012 is turning out to be good one for Britain’s preserved trams. Mere hours after Blackpool Boat car 233 performed its first test run at Beamish Museum, it was the turn of London United 159 … Continue reading

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Boat 605 comes alive!

A major milestone in the transformation of Blackpool ‘Boat’ 605 – to be known in future by its original fleet number 233 – occured on Monday 26th March, when the tram made its first test run around the Beamish museum … Continue reading

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Open top trams spring into action

British summer time is officially here, and it has been greeted with some glorious spring weather. Happily some of our heritage tramways have been quick to exploit the last few sunny weekends with one open-top tramcar seeing extensive use already … Continue reading

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