Monthly Archives: March 2013

More old friends return to Fleetwood

Day two of the new and improved heritage tram service in Blackpool, Saturday 30th March, proved to be even more exciting than the first day with five different vintage trams joining the Flexities in action. Three of these even managed … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Box 40 starts a new season of Blackpool’s Heritage Tours

The 2013 operating season of the Blackpool Tramway Heritage Tours started on Good Friday 29th March with two trams being utilised on the timetabled service and an extra two in use as specials throughout the day. As reported extensively on … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online…

Why not take a look at the rest of our website this week (if you haven’t done so already!) as there are lots of goodies waiting for you: Gallery 350: Manchester Metrolink March 2013 (60 photos from a recent trip … Continue reading

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Event Preview: Our Friends Electric

Event: Our Friends Electric Where: Beamish – the Living Museum of the North When: Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th April (1000 to 1700 each day – last admission 1500) 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the operation of trams at … Continue reading

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NEETT plan for the future

They may be newcomers to the tram preservation scene, but the North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust are certainly keen to make up for lost time, with plenty of plans for the future of its growing vehicle collection. Recently the group … Continue reading

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Track circuit blamed for East Croydon derailment

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch have released their report into the derailment at East Croydon back on 17th February 2012 with the cause of the incident being put down to issues with the track circuit which meant that the points … Continue reading

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SYPTE bid for money for essential Supertram track replacement

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) have recently put a bid in to the Department for Transport to fund the replacement of a large amount of street track which is said to be approaching the end of its safe … Continue reading

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The end in sight for Woodlands Road?

It looks like the battle to save Woodlands Road tramstop on the Manchester Metrolink line to Bury could be over following the news that after considering the outcomes of the public consultation the Department for Transport are “minded” to allow … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 4: Sheffield 264 (the Crich one!)

The latest tram to feature in our “Picture in Time” feature is Sheffield 264 – the one based at Crich rather than Beamish’s version. Built in 1937 264 remained as part of the operational fleet in its home city until … Continue reading

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Trams for Derby? Too expensive for us say Councillors

Councillors in Derby have rejected plans to introduce trams in the City as they consider them to be too expensive for a City of their size. The plans – which were drawn up by David Gibson, regional officer for the … Continue reading

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St Andrew Square works delayed by poor weather

The City of Edinburgh Council have announced that the recent spell of poor weather has meant that there have been delays to the tram construction work at St Andrew Square – but that this will not affect the overall schedule … Continue reading

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East Anglia Transport Museum now on Facebook

The East Anglia Transport Museum have become the latest organisation to set-up an official Facebook page to keep interested parties informed on the latest activities at the Museum. You can find the page (and “Like” it if you so wish) … Continue reading

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Isle of Man webcams

The official Isle of Man Tourism website features a page of webcams so you can see what is going on at various locations around the Island. This includes four at Bungalow of which three show the Snaefell Mountain Railway so … Continue reading

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Rochdale Town Centre extensions works continue

Work on the Rochdale Town Centre extension of Manchester Metrolink is continuing with the majority of the heavy civil engineering works – including track laying – now completed. The next major work will see the installation of the overhead line … Continue reading

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NET £5 family ticket returns for Easter holidays

Nottingham Express Transit’s £5 family ticket – which allows unlimited tram travel for up to two adults and three children – is returning for the Easter holidays (tickets can be purchased between Good Friday 29th March and Saturday 14th April) … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams for the next week…

Easter is traditionally the time of year when heritage tram operation in the UK really steps up a gear for the main season and in the first of a new regular feature we give a lowdown on just when and … Continue reading

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Provisional Blackpool tram output revealed for Easter

With just hours to go until the Easter holiday weekend marks the start of heritage tram operation in Blackpool, we are pleased to publish the provisional list of which trams are due to operate over the four-day weekend. Please note … Continue reading

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Rawtenstall 23 restoration plans announced

The Manchester Transport Museum Society used their recent Spring Gala event on Sunday 24th March as a platform to announce exciting plans to restore another historic tram from the Greater Manchester area. The MTMS have owned the remains of Rawtenstall … Continue reading

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More snow woe for Crich & Beamish

The recent dire weather conditions in Derbyshire have had a very negative impact on Crich Tramway Village, at a time of year when the main opening season should be getting underway. As announced previously, the museum was unable to open … Continue reading

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Blackpool Transport introduce new heritage ‘mini-tours’

In yet another drive to encourage extra patronage on the heritage tram coastal tours, Blackpool Transport have revealed that another ticketing option will be made available on these trips during 2013. Customers will now have the option of a return … Continue reading

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