Monthly Archives: August 2013

Daytime testing starts to Ashton-under-Lyne

The next piece of the Manchester Metrolink jigsaw has moved a step further forward with the start of daytime testing on the East Manchester line to Ashton-under-Lyne, which is  still scheduled to open in winter 2013/4.

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In Pictures: Midland Metro 11 goes retro

As previously reported on British Trams Online Midland Metro have become the latest transport undertaking in the UK to go all retro with the painting of 11 in a representation of Birmingham Corporation Tramways livery. The tram was officially launched at … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams this week…

It’s time again for us to remind you just where you can travel on heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man over the next week or so. All the information here is given in good faith but you … Continue reading

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Metrolink launch Wi-Fi tram

Manchester Metrolink M5000 3054 has become the first tram on the network to be fitted with Wi-Fi which will enable passengers to access the internet whilst on the move for free. The tram is now out on the system running … Continue reading

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In Pictures: London Tramlink Engineering Works

London Tramlink joined in the summer engineering work fun during August with track being replaced at Reeves Corner which necessitated the Wimbledon-New Addington service being split between Monday 19th and Wednesday 28th August. Initially this saw trams running Wimbledon-Wandle Park … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Stagecoach Supertram Engineering Works update

The track replacement work on Park Grange Road is continuing with Stagecoach Supertram services still not able to run on the Purple line to Herdings Park or on the Blue line between Sheffield Station and Spring Lane with replacement buses … Continue reading

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Cornbrook points failure causes Metrolink delays

Manchester Metrolink services were suspended for around half an hour on Wednesday 28th August after a points failure at Cornbrook. Trams on the Altrincham, East Didsbury and Eccles lines were bought to a standstill at 1835 when the points failed … Continue reading

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Stagecoach Supertram Engineering Works: Friday 30th August-Sunday 1st September

The next stage of track replacement work on Stagecoach Supertram will take place between 2000 on Friday 30th August and the end of service on Sunday 1st September in the Shalesmoor area. This work will mean that no trams will … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Works: Sunday 1st September

More engineering works on Manchester Metrolink on Sunday 1st September will see service alterations throughout the day. Trams will run Bury-Crumpsall, Droylsden-Eccles, East Didsbury-Piccadilly, Rochdale-Central Park and Timperley-Piccadilly with replacement bus services running Altrincham-Timperley, Central Park-Piccadilly and Crumpsall-Piccadilly.

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‘Condition survey’ for Box car 40

Members of the Crich workshop team, along with a Museum Curator, recently paid a visit to Blackpool to examine the 1914-built Blackpool & Fleetwood 40, which has been on long-term loan to Blackpool Transport from the national collection since 1996. … Continue reading

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Leeds 107 moves to Crich

Following a busy weekend, Leeds 107 departed its temporary home at the Middleton Railway on Tuesday 27th August, arriving at its new home later the same day. The superbly restored horse tram has now arrived at Crich Tramway Village where it … Continue reading

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Heritage trams by night in Blackpool

Blackpool Transport have now confirmed details of their plans for illumination tours during 2013. It is extremely pleasing to report that, although the tram output will understandably be dominated by the three illuminated feature cars, the rest of the heritage … Continue reading

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Accident at Leeds horse tram launch event

The entry into public service of newly restored Leeds horse tramcar 107 at the Middleton Railway over the August Bank Holiday weekend ended in tragedy, after a tragic accident resulted in one of the horse handlers being injured when one … Continue reading

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Blackpool ‘Extramaganza’ ends in fine style

August Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August, was the final day of daytime heritage tram operation in Blackpool for the 2013 season, and the grand finale turned out to be another fantastic day of tram action, blessed by the glorious weather … Continue reading

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Bank Holiday boating in Blackpool

The fourth and final long Bank Holiday weekend ‘heritage’ tram operation in Blackpool got underway on Saturday 24th August, with a varied selection of trams appearing in service over the course of the weekend. However, thanks in no small part … Continue reading

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Boat 605 sale approved by (some) shareholders?

Correspondence between Andrew Waddington of British Trams Online and the Trustees of the Lancastrian Transport Trust has shed some further light on the ongoing sale of Blackpool ‘Boat’ car 605‘s sale. As I’m sure you will know by now, both … Continue reading

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Blackpool’s forgotten Coronation cars gets a makeover

Fresh from the controversial news regarding the sale of Blackpool ‘Boat’ car 605, the Lancastrian Transport Trust have announced the commencement of restoration work on another of its preserved Blackpool trams – Coronation 663. This tram has had a rather … Continue reading

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The sorry saga of Blackpool Boat Car 605

It was supposed to be the crowning glory of our 10th anniversary celebrations, the chance to help a tram return to the rails and to be enjoyed by the British public again for what, we thought and expected, would be … Continue reading

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Ride the lights… well, part of them!

Some last minute changes have had to be made to the Fylde Tramway Society’s tram tour in Blackpool on Tuesday 27th August. Blackpool Council have now confirmed that a short section of the promenade tramway close to the Tower will … Continue reading

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Aberdeen tram body moves into preservation

You may remember back in December we reported on an Aberdeen tram body which had been discovered in use as a house – the only remaining tram in Aberdeen. At the time it was hoped that a band of enthusiasts … Continue reading

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