Monthly Archives: August 2012

In Pictures: Crich prepare for Glasgow 50 event

As we reported earlier this week preparations for the eagerly anticipated Glasgow 50/Enthusiasts Tram Event at the Crich Tramway Village stepped up a gear last weekend with a significant amount of shunting to enable Glasgow 1115 to escape its usual … Continue reading

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Blackpool 626 returns to Pacific Road

The excitement surrounding Blackpool Brush car 626‘s expected entry into service at the Birkenhead tramway imminently has turned out to be nothing more than false hope, as the tram has now been returned to the Pacific Road building for continued … Continue reading

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Midland Metro first UK tram system to win safety award

Midland Metro are celebrating after becoming the first tram network in the UK to win a prestigious award for passenger safety and crime reduction. All 23 stops on the line, which links Birmingham Snow Hill and Wolverhampton St Georges, have … Continue reading

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Signal problems cause delays for Bury line

There was more woe for anyone wanting to travel on Manchester Metrolink around  lunchtime on Wednesday 29th August as a signal failure at Queens Road caused disruption to the Bury and Oldham lines for around three hours. Initially no trams … Continue reading

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Winson Green tramstop to be closed for maintenance works

Because of essential maintenance works Winson Green tramstop on Midland Metro will be closed to the public after the last tram on Saturday 1st September and will not reopen until the start of service on Monday 3rd September. Midland Metro … Continue reading

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Static trams light up Blackpool promenade

Tuesday 28th August provided the opportunity for an early preview of the 2012 illuminations spectacle in Blackpool. On this evening the promenade road was closed off to all vehicular traffic apart from bicycles, for the now annual ‘Ride The Lights’ … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Stagecoach Supertram Engineering Works

Over the Sunday and Monday of the recent August Bank Holiday weekend there was track replacement work on Stagecoach Supertram as is so often the case on the network on bank holidays. This time the area being replaced was just … Continue reading

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Four wheels on my horse tram

Another hugely significant milestone in the restoration of Leeds 107, the last surviving horse tramcar from the Yorkshire city, occured on Wednesday 22nd August, when the body and truck of the tram were finally united. This followed on from the … Continue reading

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Russell Road reopens in Edinburgh

Another milestone has been reached in the construction of Edinburgh Trams with Russell Road reopening after 11 months following the completion of the installation of a new  bridge. Russell Road was closed in September 2011 and was finally reopened to … Continue reading

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Trams damaged by football “fans” in Sheffield

Two Stagecoach Supertram vehicles suffered damage at the weekend after they were attacked by Millwall football “fans” who had been in the City to watch their team play Sheffield Wednesday. 115 and 117 were the two trams which suffered damage … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Works: Sunday 9th September 2012

There will be further engineering works on Manchester Metrolink all day on Sunday 9th September affecting the South Manchester line between Trafford Bar and St Werburgh’s Road. No trams will run throughout the day with a replacement bus running instead.

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Sheffield 510 enters Crich workshop

As part of a major shunting operation at Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 25th August, Sheffield 510 was moved from the rear of the running sheds to the workshop. There, the tram is to receive a major overhaul thanks to … Continue reading

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Tram crewing crisis at Crich

Despite some very positive developments at Crich Tramway Village during 2012, an ongoing shortage of volunteer tram crews has been a serious cause for concern this summer. There have been claims for the last few years that volunteer numbers have … Continue reading

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Glasgow 1115 emerges from Crich exhibition

One of the most elusive trams in the national collection at Crich Tramway Village made an extremely rare appearance outside on Saturday 25th August, as preparations for the upcoming Glasgow event on 15th & 16th September. The tram concerned was … Continue reading

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Blackpool 626 takes forward and backward steps

The seemingly never-ending wait for Blackpool Brush Railcoach 626 to enter service in its new home at the Birkenhead heritage tramway is continuing, with one promising sign that the launch of the tram could be imminent being followed by another … Continue reading

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The only way is up for Beamish!

Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, is well known for being extremely proactive and thanks to a highly succesful couple of years, the rate of expansion looks set to increase further as the Museum has announced to the local … Continue reading

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All change for Blackpool illumination tours

Next week the Blackpool illuminations will switch on for another season, and the start of the first with the tram service mainly operated by modern LRV units. 2012 also marks the start of a new era for the illumination tours, … Continue reading

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Edinburgh horse tram unveiled

As work continues on creating a modern light rail tram system in Edinburgh, less publicised work to restore the oldest surviving tramcar from the Scottish capital city has recently been completed. Edinburgh 23 was discovered in use as a garden … Continue reading

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Blackpool Brush car 627 released from prison!

Eight months ago, a rather shabby looking Brush Railcoach 627 left Blackpool’s Rigby Road depot for the final time, having been acquired by a local preservation group. Looking almost totally unrecognisable, 627 made a triumphant return to Blackpool promenade during … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trams to offer groups tours of depot

At a recent press briefing on the Edinburgh tram project it was announced that  “interested” groups will get the chance to tour the Gogar depot and enjoy a short ride on a tram as part of a major public relations … Continue reading

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