Monthly Archives: January 2013

‘Missing’ Flexities return to use

The two most elusive members of Blackpool’s Flexity 2 class have both enjoyed something of a revival during the latter part of January. After an absence of some nine months, Flexity 002 has finally resumed its career in passenger service, … Continue reading

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TfGM name new Metrolink Director

Transport for Greater Manchester’s new Metrolink Director will be Peter Cushing it has been announced. Mr Cushing will replace Philip Purdy who is returning to his native Australia next month for family reasons. Previously with Central Trains Peter has also … Continue reading

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DLR services from Stratford to Canary Wharf increase in frequency

Docklands Light Railway services between Stratford and Canary Wharf are now more frequent on weekdays between 0630 and 2100 following the latest service change on the network. Trains will now run every six minutes between the two stations and as … Continue reading

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Volunteers undertake more EML tests

Metrolink staff and volunteers have undertaken a series of tests to look at match day conditions on the East Manchester Line of Manchester Metrolink which is due to open to the public on 11th February. With the home of Manchester … Continue reading

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More roadworks for Oldham Metrolink works

The Manchester Street roundabout in Oldham Town Centre is to be closed between 2000 and 0600 Monday to Friday for up to 15 nights starting from Friday 1st February as works to bring Manchester Metrolink into the town continue. This … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 3: The Sunderland Feltham

Metropolitan Electric Tramways 331 is a tram which is no doubt very familiar to most readers of this website, as it is a regular performer on the tramway at Crich. However, when it was first restored at the museum, it … Continue reading

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Crich workshop latest

Although no trams have yet carried passengers at Crich Tramway Village in 2013, the activity has continued within the confines of the workshop. The main focus of the staff and volunteers’ efforts remains Sheffield 510, although the process of preparing … Continue reading

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Liverpool 245 is mobile again

The restoration of Liverpool 245 by members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society made another important step towards completion this week, with the tram becoming mobile for the first time in many months on Thursday 24th January. Following the delivery … Continue reading

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Manchester 765, the comeback king

Despite being technically withdrawn from service at the end of October last year, Manchester 765 has made a few surprise appearances on the Heaton Park Tramway since then for various reasons. Its first outing of 2013 occured on Sunday 20th … Continue reading

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Metrolink T68 1025 becomes twelfth to be withdrawn – with a twist!

12 of the original T68 vehicles on Manchester Metrolink have now been withdrawn from passenger service with 1025 the latest to be taken out of service, although this time it has a more secure future as it is to be used … Continue reading

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MER helps to save the day again!

The first passenger runs of the Manx Electric Railway in 2013, and the first services in  January since 2004, occurred on the afternoon of Thursday 17th January when a service was operated to cover the second bus strike on the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: London Tramlink in the snow

On Friday 18th January a significant amount of snowfall fell in many parts of the UK including London which allowed for photographic opportunities of Tramlink in the snow. Although not as heavy as the snow seen in the past it … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Works: Sunday 20 January 2013

Piccadilly Station will now be closed all day on Sunday 20th January instead of the previously announced morning closure until 1000. Trams which normally run into Piccadilly from Altrincham, Bury and Eccles will terminate at Piccadilly Gardens with a shuttle … Continue reading

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Rare winter outings for a Balloon and a Standard

The first remotely significant snowfall in Blackpool this winter occured on Friday 18th January, and the fact that this co-incided with an unusual private charter resulted in two of the traditional fleet getting a rare winter outing. To see a … Continue reading

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Snow business for Beamish trams!

The North East has been affected by heavy snow falls in the past week, and Beamish Museum has seen plenty of the white stuff recently. Indeed, the museum posted messages on its Twitter account to reassure potential visitors that the … Continue reading

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Liverpool 245 reunited with its underframe

The ongoing restoration of Liverpool ‘Baby Grand’ 245 by members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society has continued to make impressive progress, with a particularly significant development being the delivery of its completed underframe and truck to Birkenhead early on … Continue reading

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Blackpool Transport prepare for snow

Much of the country is currently coated in white following the most severe snowfalls so far this winter, but Blackpool has escaped with just a light dusting thus far. However, Blackpool Transport are well prepared in case of snow, with … Continue reading

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Work starts on improving NET stops as staff get new uniform

As part of the ongoing programme of improvements a number of stops across the  Nottingham Express Transit network are going to see work commence in the next few weeks. The first stage of the work is being described as minor … Continue reading

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DDRG take a ride on East Manchester Line

Members of the Transport for Greater Manchester Disability Design Reference Group (DDRG) have become some of the first members of the public to take a ride on the East Manchester Line to Droylsden. The group rode a test tram to … Continue reading

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Delays for Metrolink after car decides to drive onto track in Oldham

Manchester Metrolink services between Oldham Mumps and Shaw & Crompton were suspended during the evening of Monday 14th January after a car drove onto the tracks near to Oldham Mumps – this has been reported as the third time this … Continue reading

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