Monthly Archives: August 2013

Branch Line Society to visit Heaton Park Tramway

On Saturday 7th September the Branch Line Society will be visiting the Heaton Park Tramway for an “all available powered lines” charter which it is hoped will include some recently laid new track. Stockport 5, Blackpool 623 and Manchester 765 … Continue reading

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Plans revealed for museum at Laxey Station

It looks as if the mercury arc rectifier from the old Laxey substation will be saved after all but it will be moved from its current location to the old Goods Shed at Laxey Station where it is planned to … 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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Transport for Edinburgh to be created to integrate tram and bus services

The City of Edinburgh Council are planning to create a new organisation to integrate tram  and bus services in the capital. Initially Transport for Edinburgh will be used to integrate these services but in the long run it is planned … Continue reading

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NET Phase Two works to start on Wilford Lane

Works to construct the phase two extensions of Nottingham Express Transit will extend the Wilford Lane from 1st September with utility diversion and track installation due to commence from this date for approximately four months.

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Metrolink delays after points failure

A points failure at Queen’s Road depot caused delays for services on Manchester Metrolink during the afternoon o Thursday 15th August. This failure saw services running on the Bury and Rochdale lines being severely disrupted and as a knock on … Continue reading

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Over £70 million worth of contracts awarded for NET Phase Two

A major milestone in the construction work for phase two of Nottingham Express Transit has been reached following the news that over £70 million worth of contracts have now been placed with East Midlands based businesses. Of this £70 million, … Continue reading

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Metrolink Park and Ride facilities to be increased

The car parks at Radcliffe and Whitefield Metrolink stops are to be enlarged following the approval of planning applications by Bury Council. Both car parks will have an extra deck added with work expected to start in 2014.

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Blackpool ‘Boat’ 233 to set sail for the USA

It has come to light that the Lancastrian Transport Trust’s preserved Blackpool ‘Boat’ car 233 is shortly set to leave the UK for a new home in San Francisco, after being sold to a new owner overseas. The tram is currently … Continue reading

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Blackpool 762 runs at Crich!

After a very long wait, history was made on Wednesday 21st August, when Blackpool Jubilee car 762 operated on the main line at Crich Tramway Village for the very first time. Following extensive electrical work undertaken by a small number … Continue reading

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Four more Variotrams for London Tramlink

It has been announced that London Tramlink are to receive an extra four Variotrams to help further increase capacity on the network. To be constructed by Stadler at their Berlin factory it is expected that the trams will be delivered … Continue reading

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Original Stratford DLR route to get capacity enhancement works

Work to increase capacity on the original Docklands Light Railway route into Stratford from Canary Wharf has started which should see 1,100 more passenger journeys per hour carried. The main work will be undertaken around Pudding Mill Lane station with … Continue reading

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Nottingham Express Transit Engineering Works: 2nd-6th September

Late night tram services to Hucknall will be replaced by buses from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th September to allow for engineering works in the Bulwell area. The last tram to Hucknall will be at 2100 on each day with … Continue reading

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Stagecoach Supertram Engineering Works: 24th-26th August

Further track replacement works will be taking place on the Stagecoach Supertram network from 2000 on Saturday 24th August with buses replacing trams between Castle Square and Gleadless Townend – this is in addition to the ongoing long term project … Continue reading

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Balloon cars visit Starr Gate

The appearance of any of Blackpool’s traditional trams at the new Starr Gate depot, normally reserved solely for housing the Flexity2 class, always continues to create intrigue amongst enthusiasts. Recently, open top Balloon car ‘Princess Alice’ 706 spent a few days … Continue reading

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Metrolink T68 1024 latest to be withdrawn

The fourteenth Manchester Metrolink T68 has been taken out of service following the withdrawal of 1024. The tram last operated on Friday 9 August when it was paired with 1021 on the Bury to Altrincham direct service.

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In Pictures: East Anglia Transport Museum Update

The East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft, Suffolk continues to be open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until 28th August with its operating tramway, trolleybus route and railway. Images from the tramway don’t often feature … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Stagecoach Supertram Infirmary Road trackworks

Over the weekend of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August further track replacement works took place on the Stagecoach Supertram network with attention turned to the inbound line at Infirmary Road. Photos of the work on the first day are … Continue reading

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Midland Metro look to the past with a special repaint

The Midland Metro system has followed in the footsteps of Sheffield Supertram, by repainting one of its modern articulated trams in a special livery inspired by traditional trams. 2013 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the closure of Birmingham’s tramway, and … Continue reading

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New role proposed for Northampton tram depot

A former tram depot in Northampton is the subject of proposals by a local community group which could see the building, which dates from 1904, transformed into a new heritage exhibition and enterprise centre. The depot has been used as a … Continue reading

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