Monthly Archives: June 2013

From Budapest to Bradford and back to Budapest!

The North East Electrical Traction Trust (NEETT) have recently earned a reputation as one of the most promising organisations in the UK tram preservation scene, with hardly a week passing by without some exciting news emerging from this group. This … Continue reading

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Manx Heritage Transport Festival plans revealed

Enhanced services on the Manx Electric Railway, special postal services, workshop tours, displays of trams and a special photographic tour will all feature during the five day Manx Heritage Transport Festival between Wednesday 24 and Sunday 28 July. The Festival … Continue reading

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More Blackpool debuts set for August Bank Holiday

Posters promoting the proposals for heritage tram operation over the late August Bank Holiday weekend (24th – 26th August) have now begun to appear at the designated heritage tour stops in Blackpool. These prominently mention both Open Boat 602 and Centenary car … Continue reading

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Leeds 107 is decent!

Fantastic progress continues to be made on the restoration of Leeds 107, the Yorkshire city’s only surviving horse tram, currently residing at the Middleton Railway. Visibly, 107 is now looking much more like a tram with numerous small fixtures now … Continue reading

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Road-rail vehicle derails at Queens Road causing major delays for Metrolink

Services on Manchester Metrolink suffered severe delays during the morning rush hour on Friday 21 June after a road-rail vehicle derailed at the entrance to Queens Road depot preventing trams from leaving to form the days service. The incident happened … Continue reading

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Nottingham Express Transit refurbishments continue

Seven of the Nottingham Express Transit Incentros have now received the refurbishment work with the latest to be stopped for the work to take place being 202. Recent vehicles to have been released back into traffic wearing the new Silver, … Continue reading

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VolkerRail awarded Supertram renewal contract

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive have announced that VolkerRail have been awarded the £4 million contract on the joint rail replacement project between SYPTE and Stagecoach Supertram. The work involves the replacement of 5,540 metres of track and is due … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams this week…

It’s that time of the week again when we bring you a round-up of when and where you can travel on heritage trams across the UK. Once again if you know of any errors or omissions please let us know … Continue reading

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Metrolink construction work continues in Rochdale town centre

Work is continuing to progress on the construction of the Manchester Metrolink extension in Rochdale town centre with some traffic diversions being put into place from Monday 24 June. Traffic islands are due to be constructed in Moore Street (near … Continue reading

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Totally Transport, trams and timetables

Blackpool Transport have released details of the planned heritage tram service for this Sunday, 23rd June. As expected, this will differ from the previous heritage tram operating days, as the vintage cars will be confined to the Pleasure Beach – … Continue reading

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Heaton Park prepared for depot construction!

Now that the go-ahead has been given for work to proceed on the construction of a new tram depot at Heaton Park in Manchester, it is pleasing to report that visible progress is finally being made on this exciting project. … Continue reading

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Two red (and white) Balloons go by

Following on from the news that the North East Electrical Traction Trust are to repaint Blackpool Balloon car 721 into red and white ‘Routemaster’ style livery, Blackpool Transport have now confirmed plans for a similar repaint of sister car 701. … Continue reading

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Tram-train contracts signed

A major milestone in the history of light rail in the UK has moved a step closer after the contracts for the Tram-Train project between Sheffield and Rotherham were signed. This will be the first official Tram-Train to operate in … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering works: Sunday 23 June

Another Sunday, another day of disruption for Metrolink services through Victoria. There will be no trams all day between Crumpsall and Piccadilly and from Central Park to Piccadilly with replacement buses running instead. In addition trams will not run between … Continue reading

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Light Rail journeys increase again

The rejuvenated Blackpool Tramway and the expansion of Manchester Metrolink have helped the number of light rail passenger journeys in England to increase yet again with a 9% overall increase shown in figures released by the Department for Transport. Just … Continue reading

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Heaton Park events round-up

The Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester has hosted a few low-key events recently which have previously gone by unrecorded here on British Trams Online. To set the record straight, we now catch up with what’s been happening at the park, … Continue reading

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‘Hovertram’ to be restored at Blackpool?

Following the recent surprise announcement that the North East Electrical Traction Trust have been negotiating to acquire the illuminated Blackpool ‘Hovertram’ 735, another equally surprising yet pleasing piece of news has followed. The car’s new owners have now confirmed a … Continue reading

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New smart ticketing system launched in Manchester

Next year will see the introduction of “get me there”, the new smart ticketing system on public transport in Greater Manchester it has been confirmed. The new system will be introduced in stages from 2014 with Metrolink planned to be … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink service changes: 18, 19, 21 and 22 June

There will be changes to Manchester Metrolink services on Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June due to a Robbie Williams concert taking place at the Etihad Stadium. From 1400 on each day the MediaCityUK service will … Continue reading

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Private hires keep Blackpool trams busy

Despite the Blackpool heritage tram fleet officially taking a break between the late May Bank Holiday weekend and Sunday 23rd June, no less than four of the town’s historic trams have been out and about during the past seven days. … Continue reading

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