Monthly Archives: October 2013

In Pictures: Construction work at Queens Road stop

Work at Queens Road to construct a new stop continues with the platform structures now starting to take shape. This stop will replace the current staff only halt alongside the depot and will also enable Metrolink to close the stop … Continue reading

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Trams on TV

On Wednesday 9th October, the Wirral heritage tramway’s Liverpool 762 made a star guest appearance on the third episode of BBC4 series, ‘A Very British Murder’, which had been filmed in May. Not to be outdone however, one of Blackpool’s … Continue reading

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Nottingham Express Transit Citadis number 2 arrives

The second of the 22 Alstom Citadis trams being constructed for Nottingham Express Transit has now arrived at Wilkinson Street depot following its transport from Spain. Like the first tram it was transported by sea to Southampton Docks in Southampton … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Fleet Update

The latest M5000 for Manchester Metrolink has been delivered to Queens Road Depot, completing the initial order of 12 M5000s to replace the first dozen T68s (which have, of course, already been taken out of service). 3074 arrived in Manchester … Continue reading

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Lost Trams 8: Glasgow 1274

The last of the “forgotten” three trams at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Maine, USA is the latest vehicle to feature as a “Lost Tram” – Glasgow Coronation 1274. Like the Leeds and Liverpool cars already featured in this series … 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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Book being prepared on Metrolink T68/T68As – photos wanted

Andy Coward and John Henderson are currently working on a book to mark the withdrawals of the Manchester Metrolink T68 and T68A LRV fleets, of which the final example is expected to be withdrawn before the end of this year. … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Heaton Park trackwork update

The laying of rails connecting the present Lakeside terminus of the Heaton Park Tramway to the new tram depot is continuing to make impressive progress. Members of the volunteer track gang are currently working on site up to four times … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams testing starts to Edinburgh Park

Tuesday 8th October saw, as planned, the first test run of a tram as far as Edinburgh Park on the Scottish capital’s tram system due to open in May next year. Tram 267 was the vehicle chosen to perform the … Continue reading

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Metrolink arrives in Ashton-under-Lyne

Manchester Metrolink services are now running in passenger service through to Ashton-under-Lyne following the opening – several months early – of the East Manchester line extension. M5000 3012 had the honour of running the first journeys from Victoria to Ashton-under-Lyne … Continue reading

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The case of the disapearing Facebook page

On the evening of Monday 7th October, the Lancastrian Transport Trust’s Facebook page was mysteriously deleted. Despite a previous period of inactivity, the page had actually been updated less than an hour before it ceased to exist, adding a rather … Continue reading

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Metrolink win at International Light Rail Awards

The expansion of Manchester Metrolink has been named as Project of the Year at the international Light Rail Awards held in London earlier this month. The opening of the East Manchester line as far as Droylsden, the East Didsbury line … Continue reading

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Metrolink Second City Crossing approved

It has been announced that the Second City Crossing (2CC) for Manchester Metrolink has been approved by the Department for Transport. The route – which is necessary to allow all of the extra tram services run through Manchester city centre – … Continue reading

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Supertram celebrate Customer Service Week

As part of National Customer Service Week (Monday 7th-Sunday 13th October) Stagecoach Supertram are celebrating their recent customer service successes as well as launching a competition to find the Supertram Customer Service Star and the chance for passengers to nominate … Continue reading

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Work continues on Brighton 53 despite funding snub

It has been some time since British Trams Online carried news on the project to restore Brighton 53, the last surviving passenger tramcar from this seaside town. Its custodians, the Brighton Tram 53 Society, have recently been looking at potential … Continue reading

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The sun shines on Birkenhead’s event

The annual Wirral Bus & Tram Show was held at Birkenhead on Sunday 6th October, and was blessed by fine weather, prompting many transport enthusiasts to visit the Birkenhead tramway to enjoy the attraction’s best event of the year. As … Continue reading

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Blackpool Standard 143 and Railcoach 279 go home

Monday 7th October turned out to be another exciting day for Blackpool’s heritage tram fleet, with the return of two more tramcars previously acquired for preservation by the Lancastrian Transport Trust to Blackpool Transport’s own premises at Rigby Road. Following … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool 762 continues testing at Crich

Following on from its first run up the entire length of the line at the Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 28th September Blackpool Jubilee Car 762 hasn’t been resting on its laurels as it has been out testing again as … Continue reading

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Overnight tests to commence on Oldham town centre line

Overnight testing on the Oldham town centre extension of Manchester Metrolink is due to commence from Monday 7th October as further preparations are made on extending the network. The tests will take place between Westwood Business Park and Oldham Mumps … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Works: Sunday 13th October

Another Sunday, another Sunday of service alterations on Manchester Metrolink – although at least this time they are different alterations! On Sunday 13th October trams will run between Bury and Ashton-under-Lyne and from Rochdale to Piccadilly only with buses replacing … Continue reading

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