Monthly Archives: October 2012

Balloon cars return – but not at weekends!

The eagerly-awaited use of several refurbished Balloon cars in Blackpool for the busy school holidays finally occured on Monday 29th October, when no less than five of the type were used in normal passenger service. The trams mainly operated between … Continue reading

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Brush cars by night

The major changes made to the Blackpool tramway, have meant that many things we once took for granted have now been consigned to the past. One such pleasure was the experience of riding on a Brush Railcoach in darkness. The … Continue reading

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Brighter look for Grimsby & Immingham 26

The repaint of long-term Beamish Museum resident Gateshead 10 into its later identity as Grimsby & Immingham 26 has recently been further enhanced, by the fitting of replica lamps at each end above the driver’s windscreen. These high-level lights were … Continue reading

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Glasgow 1115 returns to static display

Glasgow 1115‘s spell in the limelight is now over, with the tram being returned to the Great Exhibition Hall at Crich Tramway Village. This car was famously extracted late in the summer for a starring role in a major event … Continue reading

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Transport Secretary of State visits Crich

Derbyshire Dales MP Patrick McLoughlin, who is also the Secretary of State for Transport, paid a brief visit to the Crich Tramway Village on Friday 26th October. During his time at the museum, the MP took to the controls of … Continue reading

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Blackpool Coronation 304 back in service – in snow!

The much-hyped debut in passenger service of the Lancastrian Transport Trust’s preserved Blackpool Coronation 304 at Beamish Museum finally took place on Saturday 27th October. This duly made 304 the very first of its class ever to carry passengers away … Continue reading

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LTT commission independent ‘Strategy Review’

2012 has, without a doubt, been an extremely difficult year for the Lancastrian Transport. Amidst falling donations and a major deterioration in the charity’s relationship with Blackpool Transport, many of their trams have ended up in outside storage and the … Continue reading

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Improved winter tram service for Blackpool

Blackpool Transport have revealed details of their winter tram service, with full timetables now available at This is a commendable move as sometimes in the past, timetables were not available until they had already been implemented; the illuminations are … Continue reading

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Good news from Edinburgh (makes a change!)

The latest progress report on the project to return trams to Edinburgh has recently been presented to the Council and it contains some good news with work now either on the revised schedule or, in some cases, actually ahead of … Continue reading

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Official update given on Metrolink extension beyond Oldham Mumps

After our brief update last week on the latest situation regarding testing beyond Oldham Mumps on the Manchester Metrolink extension to Rochdale, Transport for Greater Manchester have now given an official update on what is going on with a suggestion … Continue reading

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London Tramlink engineering works: 27th October to 1st November

More engineering works are taking place on London Tramlink between Saturday 27th Octoberand Thursday 1st November which will mean no trams will operate on the central Croydon loop, to allow some track replacement works to take place.

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Picture in Time 1: Glasgow 1017 at Summerlee

The UK tram and light rail is continually changing and this new weekly series of photos seeks to show some of the things which have changed over the past few years across the country as well as showing some images … Continue reading

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DLR service changes for World Travel Market: 5th-8th November

The World Travel Market event will be taking place at ExCeL London between Monday 5th and Thursday 8th November and in order to cater for the expected increase in passenger numbers a revised service will be in operation of the … Continue reading

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Supertram 116’s livery amended

The all over advert livery for Genting Club on Stagecoach Supertram 116 has been slightly amended following the opening of their Sheffield branch. The text above the windows has been changed and now reads “For a Christmas Party like no … Continue reading

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More drop-in events announced for NET Phase Two

The next series of drop-in information events to inform local residents of the plans for phase two of Nottingham Express Transit are to take place in the run-up to Christmas it has been announced. Six sessions will take place at … Continue reading

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Live music to be performed on board NET

Bands and musicians will be performing live on board trams on the Nottingham Express Transit network on Saturday 27th October to help promote the Branch Out Festival which takes place the following day. The aim of the festival is to … Continue reading

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Coronation 304 runs at Beamish!

Following completion of commissioning work – including the fitting of a newly overhauled trolley base – Blackpool 304 became the first of the popular Blackpool ‘Coronation’ cars to operate away from the Fylde Coast, when it undertook its first test … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink 1003 receives revised livery

Metrolink T68 1003 has recently returned to service featuring revised advertising vinyls  in the middle of its Yellow and Silver livery. You may remember that this tram was initially reliveried at the end of 2011 and featured advertising vinyls for … Continue reading

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Last chance to see 5 & 765 (for now!)

A special Halloween event on Sunday 28th October will provide the last opportunity for a while to enjoy a three-car service at the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester. As reported previously, both Stockport 5 and Manchester 765 will be temporarily withdrawn … Continue reading

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More rarities for Red Oktober at Crich

After a year that has been packed with interest and surprises at Crich Tramway Village, enthusiasts could be forgiven for expecting the staff and volunteers to take some time to recover, having provided some unforgettable scenes for tram enthusiasts to … Continue reading

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