Monthly Archives: June 2012

Testing starts on East Manchester line

Even before trams had started passenger service on the Oldham line testing commenced on another piece of the expanding Manchester Metrolink jigsaw on Monday 11th June – the East Manchester line between Piccadilly and Droyslden.

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Work starts on Midland Metro City Centre extension

A start has been made on the utility diversion works in Birmingham City Centre for the extension of Midland Metro between Snow Hill and New Street railway stations, with Norman Baker, Transport Minister, on hand to start the work! This … Continue reading

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Mitcham double-tracking update

Work on double tracking the section of London Tramlink between Mitcham and Mitcham Junction is nearing completion with this weekend seeing the last announced closure of the line in this location. Track laying is now well underway following the fitting … Continue reading

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Next stage of Edinburgh tram works set to start

Further road closures and traffic diversions are to put into place from this weekend in Edinburgh as the next stage of tram construction works commence. Broughton Street is to be closed as its junction with Picardy Place whilst York Place … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Works: Sunday 24th June

Further engineering works on Manchester Metrolink will see services suspended between Bury and Crumpsall all day on Sunday 24th June. A replacement bus will be put into operation between these two locations calling at all stops with a Metrolink ticket … Continue reading

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NET bridge over railway station to be named Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge

The Oberburgermeister of Karlsruhe has been in Nottingham this week to officially name the new bridge which will connect the current Nottingham Express Transit system with the phase two extensions across the railway station. The bridge will be named the … 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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Elton John disrupts Blackpool trams

The first ever concert at the new Tower Festival Headland on Blackpool promenade is being held on Saturday 16th June, and will see Sir Elton John performing many of his classic songs at the outdoor venue. Unfortauntely, although future events … Continue reading

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Pleasure Beach advertise on Flexity 006

Mere days after the first ever external advertisements appeared on one of Blackpool’s new Bombardier Flexity2 trams, a second member of the class has received adverts – this time for a familiar name in tramcar adverts, in the shape of … Continue reading

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Uniform look for heritage tram crews

As Blackpool Transport’s heritage tram coastal tours go from strength to strength, another pleasing development has been the introduction of a new uniform for all platform staff to wear whilst working on the historic trams, with effect from June 9th. The … Continue reading

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LUT 159 launch date announced

The eagerly-awaited launch into passenger service of London United Tramways 159, following a complete reconstruction in the workshop at Crich, has been set for Saturday 7th July. The tram arrived at Crich Tramway Village as a derelict wreck back in … Continue reading

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Bright future ahead for Centenary class

The return to traffic of Blackpool Centenary car 648 as a ‘heritage’ tram on its native rails on Sunday 10th June seems to have heralded a fresh start for this much-maligned class of tramcar. When the Blackpool tramway upgrade was … Continue reading

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Diamond Jubilee Brush makes progress

Work to turn Blackpool Brush 290 (ex-627) into a special Diamond Jubilee tram for display at the 2012 Blackpool Illuminations is continuing at HM Prison Kirkham with the old advertising livery for Coral Island Buccaneer Bar rapidly disappearing under an … Continue reading

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Frankfurt tram turned down by Crich

Following on from the controversy regarding the Tramway Museum Society’s decision to reject some Blackpool trams which had previously been reserved for their collection, it has been revealed that the TMS have now turned down the offer of another historic … Continue reading

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First Flexity2 succumbs to adverts

The main event for tram fans in Blackpool on Saturday 9th June may have been the unveiling of Boat car 604 in its original identity of 230 complete with ‘George Formby’ name boards, but another, arguably even more historic event … Continue reading

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Weather turns out not so nice for Boat 604!

The highly anticipated launch of Blackpool’s George Formby tram, Boat car 604, took place on Saturday 9th June. As seems to have become the norm for the return of open Boat cars, the weather on the day was far from … Continue reading

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Metrolink’s Trafford Depot opens for business

As from Tuesday 5th June the second Manchester Metrolink depot at Trafford was formally opened for operational staff which means that the first time some of the serviceable fleet is now based there for passenger use. Since the depot was … Continue reading

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Flexity2 015 arrives in Blackpool

Less than a day after the latest delivery of a new tram to Croydon it was the turn of  Blackpool to be receiving a delivery with 015 becoming the penultimate Flexity2 to be in the resort. 015 arrived during the … Continue reading

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Works to start on depot extension works at Wilkinson Street

Work is to start on extending the depot complex at Wilkinson Street in Nottingham to create more storage space for the extra trams currently on order from Alstom for the Phase Two extensions of Nottingham Express Transit. The work will … Continue reading

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Glasgow 1245 restoration commences

A tramway we don’t often feature on British Trams Online is the heritage line at Summerlee but this week we can bring you news that the restoration of Glasgow 1245 has now commenced with the body being raised and the … Continue reading

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