Monthly Archives: July 2012

Supertram 116 receives new advert livery

Stagecoach Supertram 116 has received a new all advert livery for Genting Club, which is to open in Sheffield at the end of September. The pleasing design features red ends with a mainly black body and as our correspondent says … Continue reading

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The Diamond Jubilee Brush nears completion

Rapid progress continues to be made on the transformation of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust’s Blackpool Brush 290 into a tram celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Kirkham Prison with the first of the student artwork recently been affixed to … Continue reading

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London 60 at Crich Tramway Village

On 5th July 1952, the city of London bid a fond farewell to its extensive tramway network. Sixty years and three days later, a commemorative event took place at Crich Tramway Village, to showcase the superb fleet of preserved London … Continue reading

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Prestigious award for Cardiff 131

The Tramway Museum Society are celebrating after winning an award from the Heritage Railway Association for the restoration of Cardiff water car 131. The prize was received in the category of ‘Self-Propelled Vehicle’ in a competion of wagons and carriages, … Continue reading

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Balloon cars save the day in Blackpool!

The morning of July 28th was an unexpectedly eventful one for the Blackpool tramway, due to an accident which occured on New South Promenade early in the morning. Full details are not known, but it is understood that a motorist lost control … Continue reading

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Heritage-free weekend in Blackpool

With regret, we report that the scheduled heritage tram tours in Blackpool have been cancelled this weekend, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July. This is due to the Pleasure Beach loop being temporarily out of action, and follows what has … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Diamond Jubilee Brush 290 Update

Work to turn the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust’s Blackpool Brush 290 into a star for the 2012 Blackpool Illuminations is continuing with the special Diamond Jubilee livery approaching completion at Kirkham Prison.

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M5000s pairs enter service

Since being introduced into service the M5000s on Manchester Metrolink had exclusively operated singly with any double workings being in the hands of the older T68s but this has now changed with double M5000s being used in service to help … Continue reading

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More delays for Metrolink

The past week has seen another couple of days where Manchester Metrolink services have been delayed due to both a tram failure and signalling problems. On Tuesday 24th July a tram failed on the ramp heading up to Deansgate-Castlefield which … Continue reading

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Rocket tram prepares to light up Gynn Square

Since leaving its long-term home at Blackpool’s Rigby Road tram shed, no time has been wasted in preparing the illuminated Rocket 732 for static display as one of the star attractions of the 2012 illuminations. 732 moved to Blackpool Council’s illuminations … Continue reading

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Manx Transport Festival hit by tram shortage

The annual Manx Transport Festival is now well underway with many transport enthusiasts flocking to the Isle of Man in order to sample the very best that the railways and tramways of this island paradise have to offer. Unfortunately, plans … Continue reading

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Trams run on Tuesdays at Heaton Park

Earlier this week, Blackpool Transport began operating their popular heritage tram coastal tours seven days a week, but they are not the only tramway to have commenced a midweek vintage tram service for the peak summer period. In an unexpected … Continue reading

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Heaton Park Tramway points towards the future!

A small but significant event occured at the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester on Tuesday 24th July 2012, when a refurbished set of points were laid at the new Lakeside terminus and connected up to the existing stub track. Eventually, these … Continue reading

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Flexities steal heritage tram crews

So far, 2012 has seen a highly succesful mix of core service vehicles and traditional heritage tram tours operating together on the Blackpool tramway. Despite many critics voicing concerns that mixing new and old rolling stock in this way would … Continue reading

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Tram returns to Immingham after 51 years away!

The much-hyped loan of Grimsby & Immingham 14 from the National Tramway Museum at Crich, to Immingham took place over the weekend of 21st/22nd July. This historic occasion saw the tram return to Immingham for the first time since the … Continue reading

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Child dies at Beamish Museum

As many readers of this website will be aware, a tragic accident occured at Beamish Museum on Sunday 22nd July when a seven year old child died after reportedly falling from a steam road roller. The young boy suffered severe head … Continue reading

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Crich Tramway Village summer update

As always there is plenty going on at the Crich Tramway Village with various developments taking place in various departments as the Museum has been preparing for the peak summer season. With revenue from visitors currently short of expectations, the … Continue reading

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Daily dose of heritage in Blackpool

Monday 23rd July saw the eagerly anticipated commencement of a daily heritage tram service in Blackpool. Apart from Bank Holidays, this marked the first time since last autumn that the general public had been able to ride on a traditional … Continue reading

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Beamish 196 nears completion

Pleasing news to report from the Beamish Museum Tramway concerns the former Oporto tramcar, now generally referred to as Beamish 196 which has been undergoing an extensive overhaul for several months now. Following completion of work on its truck and … Continue reading

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Birkenhead’s Brush car moves to Taylor Street!

Blackpool Brush Railcoach 626 has been confined to the Pacific Road tram shed at Birkenhead for most of the last two years, but this changed recently when the tram was woken from its slumbers and driven to the Taylor Street … Continue reading

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