Monthly Archives: November 2013

Santa set to visit Douglas

Father Christmas is to be the star of the show again on the Douglas Horse Tramway when he plays a flying visit on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December. An illuminated horse tram will be used on nine return trips … Continue reading

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Repairs commence on Snaefell Mountain Railway landslip

Repairs have commenced on the Snaefell Mountain Railway between Bungalow and Snaefell Mountain to fix a landslip which occurred last winter after a once in 50 years rainfall event happened – twice! The extremely heavy rainfall and flooding caused a … Continue reading

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Further events announced for Crich 2014

Following the initial announcement in regard of the planned special events programme for Crich Tramway Village, what is apparently a full list of events for 2014 has now been released. Although it was generally expected that the number of major … Continue reading

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LTT trams to be re-homed

A representative of the Lancastrian Transport Trust has recently confirmed that this organisation is planning to cease its tram-related activities completely in the near future, in order to focus its resources on their remaining historic bus collection. The expected transfer of … Continue reading

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Metrolink apologise again after more ice related delays

Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director at Transport for Greater Manchester, has had to apologise to passengers again after more delays caused by ice on the overhead wires. As reported on these pages at the weekend Metrolink now have a dedicated ice-breaker … Continue reading

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Heaton Park end the season in style

Despite being scaled back in format, the Heaton Park Tramway’s Autumn Gala event, held on Sunday 17th November turned out to be an absolutely fantastic occasion, with the tramway’s volunteers pulling out all the stops to put on a great … Continue reading

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Beamish Town crossover back in use

The little-used tramway crossover in the centre of the tram line through Beamish Museum’s period town area, has recently been brought back into regular use for the first time in a number of years. This crossover has been rarely used since the completion … Continue reading

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Oldham town centre extension set to open in early 2014

The Oldham town centre extension of Manchester Metrolink is set to be the third  extension in a row to open ahead of schedule with an early 2014 commencement of public services now looking likely. It had originally been planned that … Continue reading

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Get me there moves a step closer

The countdown towards the introduction of smart ticketing in Greater Manchester – to be known as get me there – has moved a step closer with over 350 smart readers now having been installed across the Manchester Metrolink network. And … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Improvement Works: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November

More Improvement Works (formerly known as engineering works!) will take place on Manchester Metrolink over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November. Everything will run as normal until 2300 on Saturday 23rd after which time trams will only … Continue reading

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Open top trams on the move

At the same time as announcing the imminent visit of Blackpool Railcoach 680 to Beamish Museum (see separate news story), the Manchester Transport Museum Society also confirmed that no less than three open-top double-deck trams will be moving to and … Continue reading

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Blackpool Railcoach 680 to run at Beamish!

Plans for the official launch into service of preserved Blackpool Railcoach 680 have been changed once again, in a move which should be welcomed by tram enthusiasts. Instead of being launched at Heaton Park in February 2014, as was previously … Continue reading

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British Trams Online – Editor’s Comment

It probably won’t have escaped your notice that there has been a little bit of controversy on our News Pages in recent weeks, a lot of it – although not exclusively – coming from our reports on the Lancastrian Transport … Continue reading

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One out, two in as Metrolink prepares to shake it all about!

The T68 fleet of Manchester Metrolink has decreased further by one following the withdrawal of 1003. The unique liveried vehicle was withdrawn on 12th November having been stopped exactly a week earlier after suffering a traction motor flashover. This now … Continue reading

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Nottingham Express Transit Citadis 219 arrives

The fourth Alstom Citadis tram – 219 – for Nottingham Express Transit arrived at its new home on Thursday 14th November having trodden the usual route from Spain via Southampton Docks. It arrived during the morning and was unloaded at … Continue reading

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More consultation for Midland Metro Wolverhampton extension

Another period of consultation for the Wolverhampton city centre extension of Midland Metro is to be launched following changes to the proposed route to allow a listed building to be saved from demolition. The consultation is open now and will … Continue reading

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Metrolink delays after pedestrian hit by tram

Manchester Metrolink services were delayed on Wednesday 13th November after a pedestrian was hit by a tram opposite the Crown Court between Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly Station. Reports suggested that the man slipped next to the tracks and was hit … Continue reading

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Tramlink delays after cyclist dies in collision with bus

Services on London Tramlink were suspended between East Croydon and Sandilands for approximately three hours on Tuesday 12th November after an accident involving a cyclist and a bus. Tragically the cyclist was killed in the incident which saw him dragged … Continue reading

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Heaton Park announce events schedule for November 17th

As announced previously, the Heaton Park Tramway’s Autumn Gala on Sunday 17th November has been scaled back somewhat, due to the fact that work on the new Lakeside Depot is not sufficiently complete for trams to be accommodated within, and this … Continue reading

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LTT update: the truth about Brinwell Road

After recently publishing a news story on the move of Blackpool Brush car 622, British Trams Online was contacted by Theo Dunne, who is the Managing Director of Heatons Engineering Group. This company purchased the Brinwell Road premises occupied by … Continue reading

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