Monthly Archives: October 2013

Heritage Trams this week…

The days may be getting shorter and the weather might be getting colder, but there are still a few places in the UK where you can get a vintage trams fix – and if that’s what you want in the … Continue reading

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Cosmetic attention for Edinburgh 35

Surprising news from Crich Tramway Village involves arguably one of the most undervalued trams on display at Crich, which has recently moved into the workshop to receive its first significant attention since joining the national tram collection. The tram in … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool trams celebrate Halloween at Crich

One of the most popular annual events at Crich Tramway Village was held on Saturday 26th October, in the shape of the ever-popular Starlight Halloween event. For one night only, trams operated in passenger service until 9:00pm and the village … Continue reading

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Heaton Park Autumn Gala scaled down

The Heaton Park Tramway has released a statement confirming that its advertised Autumn Gala day on Sunday 17th November has been reduced in scope. This is due to the fact that work on the new Lakeside Depot is not sufficiently complete … Continue reading

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Crich announce first events for 2014

Crich Tramway Village have uploaded details of the first few special events for the 2014 season to their website – although thus far this consists of little to interest the tram enthusiast market. Just four ‘premiere’ events have been confirmed … Continue reading

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Winter closure for Heaton Park

The Manchester Transport Museum Society have decided not to operate a tram service on the Heaton Park Tramway during December 2013 and January 2014, having run throughout the winter period apart from a short Christmas break in the last couple … Continue reading

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Blackpool ‘Boat’ 233 docks in San Francisco

The long journey of Blackpool ‘Boat’ 233 to its new American home is finally over, with the car reaching its final destination of the Market Street Railway in San Francisco on Friday 25th October. This followed a mammoth journey for … Continue reading

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Balloon cars prepare for winter weather

Two Blackpool Balloon cars in different locations have been undergoing preparations for the worsening weather expected as winter approaches, with contrasting jobs being carried out on cars 701 and 721 within the past week. This is a slightly depressing reminder … Continue reading

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The Balloons are back!

The school half-term holidays at the end of October traditionally mark the busiest period of the year for the Blackpool tramway, as many families flock to the seaside to see the illuminations. Last year, this was reflected by Blackpool Transport’s … Continue reading

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Aberdeen plan for tram system?

Councillors in Aberdeen are discussing the possibility of returning trams to the city and are calling on Scottish government support to conduct a feasibility study to see whether it would be worth their while progressing the plans. The proposed plan … 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 as major operations start to draw to a close for the … Continue reading

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Supertram rail replacement work nears completion

Services on Stagecoach Supertram are expected to return to normal during the week commencing 11th November – subject to weather conditions – when the rail replacement works on Park Grange Road finally come to a close. Nearly 5,000 metres of … Continue reading

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NET driver jobs advertised

As part of the expansion of Nottingham Express Transit, adverts have been placed for more tram drivers to join the team. With a salary starting at £19,552 and rising to £20,883.20 when qualified the jobs have a deadline of 31st … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Performance Update

It is time again to take a look at the recent performance of Manchester Metrolink following the release on the TfGM Committee website of the latest statistics. The report gives details on the performance of the service, any major incidents, … Continue reading

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NET wins another award

Nottingham Express Transit has won in the transport category at the Nottingham Post Environment Awards for the role it is playing in reducing car use in the city. Jamie Swift, Marketing Manager at NET, said: “We’re delighted at this latest … Continue reading

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Preston Trampower project “did not work out”

It appears that the latest plans by the Trampower consortium have fizzled out, with proposals for a new demonstration line at Preston seemingly having been axed. The organisation’s website has now been taken offline, with anyone attempting to view it … Continue reading

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Block party at Heaton Park

The latest progress on the construction of the new Lakeside Depot at Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway, has seen the laying of breeze blocks around the perimeter of the building. Having only begun this task at the start of this week, … Continue reading

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Crich General Manager resigns

The Tramway Museum Society have released a shock announcement this evening that Tony Hill, the General Manager of Crich Tramway Village, has resigned from his position. This has come as a major blow to the museum as Mr Hill had … Continue reading

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Meerkats descend on Blackpool promenade!

The presence of meerkats in Blackpool was, once upon a time, confined to those residing at Blackpool Zoo. In recent times, children (and some adults) clutching soft toy meerkats riding on trams has become increasingly common, no doubt boosted by … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nottingham Express Transit 211 receives new advert livery

Nottingham Express Transit Incentro 211 has finally lost its advertising vinyls for “Armed Forces Day” and these have now been replaced by new advertising vinyls for Alstom – yes that’s right Alstom now have an advertising livery on a tram … Continue reading

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