Daily Archives: Wednesday 21 March 2012

Blow for Southampton’s Aeronautica Museum plan?

Plans for an £8 million museum dedicated to the transport heritage of Southampton have been dealt a blow with the news that Associated British Ports (ABP) – owners of Southampton Docks – were withdrawing their offer of a long term … Continue reading

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Work on NET Phase Two to start

Work to extend the Nottingham Express Transit system is to start on University Boulevard on Monday 30th January with the clearance of vegetation and trees from the route of line three which will serve Chilwell via Beeston.

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DLR staff to get up to £2,500 Olympic Bonus

It has been announced that staff on the Docklands Light Railway could get a bonus of up to £2,500 for working during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer – including £900 for just turning up to work!

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Tram driving experience up for auction

In an imaginative move to try and raise extra money to fund the construction of a new tram depot in which to house their growing collection of trams, the Heaton Park Tramway have turned to the popular Internet auction site … Continue reading

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Old & new trams on Blackpool prom

Apart from the departure of several redundant trams for pastures new, there hasn’t been a great deal of interest on the Blackpool tramway so far in 2012, with work to upgrade the system to modern standards now nearing completion. Vehicle … Continue reading

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Two Brush cars to become one

The subject of which Blackpool trams would be acquired by the Tramway Museum Society for display and possible operation at the National Tramway Museum, has been a very controversial topic amongst tram enthusiasts for quite some time. Even as late … Continue reading

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Rocket tram may return to service

Plans are afoot for one of Blackpool’s most popular trams to return to action following a decade of storage – the illuminated Rocket 732. Blackpool Tourism Councillor Graham Cain is keen that this iconic tram should be able to play … Continue reading

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Brighter future for Blackpool’s historic trams?

An important step has been made in assuring the future survival and operation of heritage trams in Blackpool, with plans afoot to ensure that those trams that have been lucky enough to be retained by Blackpool Transport will be used … Continue reading

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Crich tram fleet update

Despite Crich Tramway Village being closed for the winter period, work on several members of the tram fleet there has continued, whilst behind the scenes, plans are being made for one of the collection to have a short spell away … Continue reading

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Brush car 623 makes history at Heaton Park

It’s not every day that a type of tram which has operated successfully for more than seventy years makes its preservation debut – but that’s exactly what happened on Sunday 22nd January 2012, when Blackpool 623 became the first Brush … Continue reading

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Another week of woe for Metrolink passengers

2012 has not exactly got off to a good start for Manchester Metrolink with a number of tram breakdowns and points failures causing delays and disruption for passengers – all this hot on the heels of fare rises. With the … Continue reading

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Transport Minister visits Nottingham to celebrate go-ahead of NET Phase Two

Norman Baker MP – Transport Minister – visited Nottingham this week to congratulate the city on getting the go-ahead to construct phase two of Nottingham Express Transit and also to talk about the economic growth, inward investment and job creation … Continue reading

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More disputes with Bilfinger Berger over Edinburgh Tram project

In the latest update on the progress being made by the Edinburgh Tram project it has been revealed that since work recommenced on construction, six further disputes have emerged with contractors Bilfinger Berger – although the Council have not objected … Continue reading

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Another Olympic test timetable for DLR on Saturday 4th February

Following on from earlier this month when the Docklands Light Railway had a trial timetable for the forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games they will be repeating the exercise on Saturday 4th February, although a slightly revised timetable will be running … Continue reading

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Minor Tramlink delays after lorry blocks tram lines

There were delays on London Tramlink services during the morning rush hour on Tuesday 17th January after a beer delivery truck was found to be blocking the tracks. Services were suspended on the central Croydon loop (with trams from Wimbledon … Continue reading

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Life’s one long holiday for Centenary 645

The latest tram to be moved away from the Blackpool tramway was Centenary car 645 which left Rigby Road early on Thursday 19th January. The tram followed a familiar pattern of being loaded up onto a Scott’s Heavy Haulage low … Continue reading

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Paul Gaunt tram moved to Paul Gaunt premises!

Blackpool Centenary car 646 became the fourth of its class to leave Rigby Road depot for good in the early hours of Wednesday 18th January 2012. Its road journey was the shortest of any of the recently departed Blackpool cars, … Continue reading

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Crich commissioning programme begins

The annual process of preparing the operational tram fleet at Crich Tramway Village for another year of use has begun, with three trams having already visited the workshop to be commissioned for service in 2012. This process mainly consists of … Continue reading

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Twin car set for Fleetwood

The disbanding of Blackpool’s historic fleet of trams has continued to progress this week, with Twin set 673+683 becoming the latest member of the fleet to leave Rigby Road for the final time. This particular Twin car last operated during … Continue reading

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And the winner is…Blackpool Marton VAMBAC 11

The British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2011 is Blackpool Marton VAMBAC 11 having beaten off competition from Stockport 5 and Manx Electric Railway 7 over the past month of voting. The 2010 contest may have been a surprise … Continue reading

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