Monthly Archives: February 2013

Metrolink opens to Rochdale

Manchester Metrolink has opened its latest extension with the line between Shaw & Crompton and Rochdale carrying its first passengers on Thursday 28th February. M5000 3016 had the honour of forming the first service departing Trafford Bar before 0500 on … Continue reading

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Summer deadline for Liverpool 245 restoration

Following an absence of around five decades, it should soon be possible to ride on a Liverpool ‘Baby Grand’ tram once again, with the restoration of Liverpool 245 for operation on the Birkenhead heritage tramway approaching completion. An ambitious completion … Continue reading

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Beamish trams on parade for 40th anniversary

Further details have now been released, concerning plans for Beamish Museum’s ambitious ‘Great North Festival of Transport’ which is being held during April 2013. This includes a four-day event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Beamish tramway, which will feature … Continue reading

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Annual NET survey shows customer satisfaction remains at 94%

Nottingham Express Transit is still enjoying some of the highest levels of customer satisfaction according to the latest survey conducted on behalf of NET by Osiris MR with overall customer satisfaction remaining at 94% for the third consecutive survey. All … Continue reading

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Trams return to service at Birkenhead

After more than four months of enforced inactivity, the Birkenhead heritage tramway has finally re-opened for business, with Saturday 23rd February becoming the first operating day for the line in 2013. It may be remembered that the tramway was forced … Continue reading

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Clay Cross clearout?

For many years, the number of items stored at the Tramway Museum Society’s Clay Cross store has steadily increased, as more trams have been added to the national collection. This has recently reached the point where the storage premises are … Continue reading

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Manx Electric Railway prepares for 2013 season

It is just two weeks until the 2013 operating season on the Manx Electric Railway officially commences (if you ignore the bus strike services last month) and this year looks like being a good year for the line as it … Continue reading

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Flexity2 002 becomes first to be named

Blackpool’s Flexity2 002 has become the first of the class to be honoured with a name following a ceremony earlier this month at Starr Gate depot. Alderman Edmund Wynne’s name is now carried on the end dashes of the tram … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Double M5000s run for Manchester City match

Last Sunday (17th February) saw an enhanced service operate on the East Manchester Line for the first Manchester City match to take place at the Etihad Stadium since the line opened. This service included double M5000s in use – their … Continue reading

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Council to look at free services on Edinburgh Trams for launch

Councillors from the City of Edinburgh Council have agreed to look at the possibility of running free services when the tramway starts operation next year following requests from businesses in the City Centre who feel they have been blighted by … Continue reading

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Another bridge prepares to be put in place for NET Phase Two

Sunday 24th February will mark another milestone in the construction of Phase Two of Nottingham Express Transit as a bridge is put into place over the railway line at Lenton using state of the art techniques. The steel Lenton Lane … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Work: Sunday 3rd March

More engineering works take place on Manchester Metrolink on Sunday 3rd March when no trams will run between Eccles and Piccadilly Station. A replacement bus service will be in operation between Eccles and Trafford Bar which will call at all … Continue reading

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NEETT begin work on a new tram depot

After a period of apparent silence for several months, it was beginning to look like little was being achieved by the North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust – but it has now been announced that, behind the scenes, this was far … Continue reading

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A commercial break for Stockport 5

The winter work being carried out on Stockport 5 by volunteers at Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway, in prepartion for the trams spring break at Beamish Museum, took a major step forwards on Tuesday 19th February. On this day, the new … Continue reading

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Warrington 2 restoration up for debate

The long-running restoration of the last surviving Warrington tramcar by members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society has taken an interesting twist, with the discovery of new evidence regarding the tram’s past prompting some discussion regarding the condition in which … Continue reading

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Crich kick off the 2013 season

Saturday 16th February saw the start of the 2013 operating season at Crich Tramway Village. Although the site had been open to visitors on a number of occasions already this year, the emphasis had been placed on various activity sessions with … Continue reading

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Rochdale here we come!

The latest Manchester Metrolink extension has now been given an official opening date with the news that the line between Shaw & Crompton and Rochdale Railway Station will open to passengers from Thursday 28th February – little over a week … Continue reading

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DDRG visit Rochdale line as opening date approaches

Members of Transport for Greater Manchester’s Disability Design Reference Group (DDRG) have recently become some of the first passengers to be carried on Metrolink’s extension of the Oldham and Rochdale line between Shaw & Crompton and Rochdale Railway Station as … Continue reading

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Adham breaks the record in Nottingham

As we reported last week urban transport enthusiast Adham Fisher, from Leicester, was attempting to break his own record for the length of time it took him to visit every stop on Nottingham Express Transit at the weekend – and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink driver training to Rochdale

As reported earlier this week driver training has now started on the section of the Oldham and Rochdale line between Shaw & Crompton and Rochdale as an opening date approaches (although no official word from TfGM has yet been forthcoming). … Continue reading

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