Monthly Archives: December 2012

Oh, what a lovely tour!

On Sunday 6th November 2011, Blackpool Twin set 672+682 operated what was billed as its last ever enthusiast tour on its native system. Happily, this did not turn out to be the case, with a more positive attitude by Blackpool … Continue reading

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Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust – a look back at 2012

The Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust was a new name in the tramway preservation movement for 2012. Previously operating as the Friends of Fleetwood Trams, this group recently formed with the main aim of preserving a selection of traditional Blackpool trams … Continue reading

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Heaton Park Tramway – a look back at 2012

2012 has been another highly succesful year for the Heaton Park Tramway, despite being less eventful than the last few years. However, with a new addition to the running fleet, and the long-awaited commencement of ground works for the new depot … Continue reading

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Flexity2 update

As the first year of succesful operation for Blackpool’s latest class of tram draws to a close, now seems an appropriate time to offer a small update on some of the most recent developments involving these trams. Fourteen of the … Continue reading

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Beamish Tramway – a look back at 2012

2012 has been an excellent year for the tram fleet of Beamish, the Living Museum of the North. This fantastic museum’s reputation for holding innovative transport events was further strengthened during the past year, which has seen two resident tramcars … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Our final main site update of 2012 is now available and we bring you more photos as well  as taking a look at services on offer across the UK for the Christmas and New Year period.

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M5000 3032 derails at Market Street

Manchester Metrolink services through the City Centre were suspended during the evening of Friday 21st December after M5000 3032 derailed having just departed Market Street stop at approximately 1715.

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NET fleet to undergo refurbishment

It has been revealed that as part of a number of improvements planned to be introduced on the Nottingham Express Transit network in 2013 the fleet of 15 Incentro trams are to undergo a refurbishment. No further details have been … Continue reading

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Agreement signed for improvements on Midland Metro

Centro and National Express – operators of Midland Metro – have signed an agreement which will see a number of improvements implemented on the system. Most of the improvements have been previously announced such as the introduction of 20 new … Continue reading

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Bridge to be built over tram line after tragedy

Network Rail have revealed that they are planning to build a bridge over the railway and tramway near to Hucknall where a 13 year old girl tragically lost her life last month. The foot crossing has now had two fatal … Continue reading

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Internal changes for Supertram fleet

All of the Siemens built trams on Stagecoach Supertram are currently receiving new LED interior lighting. The changes are being made when the trams are not required from service and not a complete tram is done at once which means … Continue reading

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Campaign group against Tramlink to Bromley set-up

In one of the more bizarre stories we have reported for quite some time a former councillor has set up a campaign group against extending London Tramlink to Bromley – even though the plans aren’t really on the table! Rod … Continue reading

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Santa may return to Crich in 2013

Support amongst Tramway Museum Society members is growing for the resumption of Santa Specials at Crich Tramway Village next year. These have been a nice source of income during the lean winter months in previous years, and with other heritage … Continue reading

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Winter work at East Anglia

For the second successive year, the East Anglia Transport Museum have found success with the concept of ‘Santa Trams’, which has provided two of its fleet – Blackpool 11 and London Transport 1858 – with employment during the normally quiet … Continue reading

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Winter work at Crich

There may not be any trams running at Crich Tramway Village this winter, but that doesn’t mean that nothing of interest is going on there. In fact, the workshop has been a hive of activity in the last weeks, with … Continue reading

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Open crossbench tram on MER winter service!

The special three-day winter service on the Manx Electric Railway, prompted due to a local bus strike, got off to a fantastic start on Thursday 20th December. As expected, MER 1 made an exceptionally rare winter appearance in normal passenger … Continue reading

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Coronation 304 – A bleak Christmas and an uncertain New Year??

A recent visit to Beamish revealed Blackpool Coronation 304 has been out of use since withdrawal from service in early November and has been stored outside the depot since then.

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Seaton reveal special events for 2013

The Seaton Tramway has become the latest organisation to reveal their special events planned for 2013 with the highlight for the enthusiast being the return of the Classic Car Show on Sunday 9th June which will also include many of … Continue reading

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Santa brings success to the Isle of Man

There has been no shortage of excitement for tram enthusiasts on the Isle of Man recently, with Santa Specials on two of the island’s three tramways proving to be a big highlight of the normally uneventful winter months. Both the … Continue reading

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‘Bluebird’ to fly again, at Crich?

London County Council 1, arguably one of the most neglected vehicles in the National Tramway Museum collection at Crich, could be set for an upturn in its fortunes, if proposals by the London County Council Tramways Trust come to fruition. … Continue reading

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