Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tram to return to Chesterfield – for one day only?

The Tramway Museum Society have revealed that a request has been received from Chesterfield Borough Council, to borrow Chesterfield 8 for display in the town. If agreed, this would see the horse-drawn tram become one of the main attractions at … Continue reading

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MER to run bus replacement service again

The Manx Electric Railway is being called into action again as bus drivers on the Isle of Man will be holding another strike on Thursday 17th January. Unite the Union have confirmed that their members will be holding a half … Continue reading

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And the winners are…

After over a month of hard fought voting Blackpool has turned out to be the big winner in the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2012 contest with Brush Car 623 taking the “Tram of the Year” category and … Continue reading

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STTS launch appeal to return Glasgow 1282 to service

The Scottish Tramway and Transport Society have launched an appeal to raise funds for the full restoration of Glasgow Coronation 1282 at the Crich Tramway Village so that it can once again return to the operational fleet. At last September’s … Continue reading

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Visible signs start to show at Nottingham Railway Station of NET phase two

People travelling along Queens Road near to Nottingham Railway Station on a regular basis will have noticed in the last few weeks the first major visible signs of the construction of the phase two extensions of Nottingham Express Transit with … Continue reading

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Tramlink disruption after Variotrams laid low

Severe problems with the availability of the Stadler built Variotrams has seen disruption to the line 4 service this week with at one stage all six being unavailable for service. It is now approaching one year since the first of … Continue reading

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Progress continues on TLC for Seaton fleet

With the tramway now closed again until February attention on the Seaton Tramway has returned to giving the hard worked members of the fleet some TLC with 9, 10 and 14 all currently being worked upon.

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Ice causes problems for Metrolink to Oldham

Services between Victoria and Shaw & Crompton on the Oldham line of Manchester Metrolink were suspended on Wednesday 9th January because of icy conditions. Trams were stopped running shortly after 0700 because overnight conditions – which officials from Metrolink claimed … Continue reading

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Serco DLR contract renewed

Serco Docklands Ltd are to operate the Docklands Light Railway for an extra 18 months after signing an extension to their contract with Transport for London. This means Serco will operate the network until September 2014.

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Box 40 runs to Fleetwood

Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 became the first heritage tram to operate on the Blackpool Tramway on Saturday 5th January when it operated a private tour for the “Friends of Forty”, an organisation who have provided financial support in the … Continue reading

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Crich start preparing for 2013 season

Work on preparing the operational tram fleet at Crich Tramway Village for another season of use commenced straight after the Christmas and New Year festivities were over. Leeds 399 has become the first tram to be moved into the workshop, … Continue reading

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TfGM and Thales clash in court over TMS problems

In a development which has worrying echoes of the dispute in Edinburgh, Transport for Greater Manchester and Thales have appeared in Court as the latter seek to get extra money from the transport authority as the saga of the introduction of … Continue reading

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Final tram arrives in Edinburgh

On the night before Christmas, when all through the City not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse, the final CAF built tram for Edinburgh Trams arrived at Gogar depot having arrived earlier that day at the Port of … Continue reading

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Information event for new Metrolink stop at Queens Road

Transport for Greater Manchester are holding an information event on proposals for a new Metrolink stop at Queens Road – next to the depot – on Wednesday 9 January so anyone interested can find out the benefits of the new stop … Continue reading

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Metrolink fares rise

As was reported late last year fares on Manchester Metrolink went up from Wednesday 2nd January 2013 by an average of 4.2% – making it four of our light rail systems (Docklands Light Railway, London Tramlink and Midland Metro have … Continue reading

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Metrolink cable thief jailed

The man who fell off a viaduct when attempting to steal cable from Manchester Metrolink near Cornbrook in May 2012 has been jailed for two years and nine months. John Daw, aged 41 from Ordsall, fractured his skull, pelvis and … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Works: 13, 20 and 27 January 2013

No trams will run into Piccadilly Station before 1000 on Sundays 13, 20 and 27 January – presumably to allow works to be undertaken in preparation for the opening of the East Manchester Line. Trams from Altrincham, Bury and Eccles … Continue reading

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Woman injured after being hit by tram

A woman believed to be in her 50s was taken to hospital in Croydon with non-life threatening injuries on Friday 28th December 2012 after being hit by a tram near to the Fieldway stop on the New Addington line. The … Continue reading

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Lancastrian Transport Trust – a look back at 2012

2012 has been a very challenging year for the Lancastrian Transport Trust, and its prized collection of historic Blackpool trams. At the start of the year, nine of the LTT’s trams were housed at Rigby Road depot, but due to … Continue reading

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TfGM warn Manchester City fans not to board trams this weekend!

With testing on the East Manchester Line past the Etihad Stadium – home of Manchester City – continuing this weekend to enable tests under match-day conditions to take place Transport for Greater Manchester have warned both football fans and members … Continue reading

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