Monthly Archives: January 2014

More details on ‘The Big Shunt’ at Crich

As previously announced, Crich Tramway Village will be open to the public on Saturday 1st February to allow enthusiasts to witness some unusual shunting movements, with several trams due to be moved in and out of the Exhibition Hall. In … Continue reading

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Blackpool 167 runs at Beamish

After arriving at Beamish Museum on Monday 27th January, Blackpool Pantograph car 167 didn’t have to wait long to make its debut on the tramway. Following some minor attention, the car was out on test around the site later the … Continue reading

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Cosmetic attention for Beamish and Seaton trams

Now that we are in the depths of winter, the requirement for open top vehicles on the few heritage tramways that remain open for business is low, allowing some of these trams to receive some well-deserved attention. At Beamish Museum, … Continue reading

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London Tramlink staff to go on strike

A 24 hour strike has been called by the ASLEF union on London Tramlink. An ongoing dispute between the union and First – operators of Tramlink – over the dismissal of two drivers has led to the calling of the … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 12: Burton and Ashby 14 prepares to head to the US

At the weekend we featured Burton and Ashby 14 in our “Lost Trams” series including a photo of it after it had been exported to Detroit and now the very same tram features as part of our “Picture in Time” … Continue reading

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Docklands Light Railway strike called off

The strike originally called by the RMT on the Docklands Light Railway on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th January has been called off following discussions between Serco and the union. An improved offer on pay and offer conditions was received … Continue reading

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Blackpool 167 swaps North Station for Rowley Station

For the second time this year, Beamish Museum took delivery of a very special tramcar on the morning of Monday 27th January, courtesy of the National Tramway Museum. Blackpool ‘Pantograph’ car 167 arrived on loan from Crich on this day, … Continue reading

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Oldham town centre extension opens

Manchester Metrolink has once again expanded with the opening of the Oldham town centre extension as planned at the start of service on Monday 27th January. 3036 was the LRV chosen to do the honours of operating the first service … Continue reading

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Changes at Station Street as work starts on connecting Phase Two NET line

From Monday 27th January the platforms at Station Street will be closed at various times to enable essential works to take place in preparation for the connection of Phase Two to the current line. Only one platform will be closed … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Improvement Works: Saturday 1st February

There will be improvement works on Manchester Metrolink this Saturday, 1st February which will see alterations to services through the city centre. Trams will only operate from Ashton-under-Lyne to Bury and from Rochdale to Piccadilly with all other lines served … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We have a couple more Photo Galleries for you to enjoy this week along with a major update to the Events Diary as well as some of our Fleet Lists:

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Lost Trams 9: Burton and Ashby 14

Our irregular series of “Lost Trams” returns with a look at another American export; Burton and Ashby 14 – a tram that is currently lost completely from the public eye. This tram headed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1980 for … Continue reading

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Birkenhead Heritage Tramway change operating times

The Birkenhead Heritage Tramway – one of only two places where you can enjoy a ride on a traditional tram in England currently – have announced a slight tweak to their operating times to fit in with the current ferry … Continue reading

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Oldham town centre line almost ready to open

The new Oldham town centre extension of Manchester Metrolink is almost ready to welcome its first fare paying passengers with final testing and commissioning work due to take place over this weekend. Provided that no problems are experienced during this … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More from Nottingham Express Transit

Earlier this week we brought you a selection of images from Nottingham Express Transit as Citadis 222 became the seventh Alstom built tram to arrive at its new home. During the same photography session David Beardsell also took some more … Continue reading

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Strike dates announced for Docklands Light Railway

The RMT union have announced that their members on the Docklands Light Railway plan to walk out for two 48 hour strikes in a dispute over, what else, pay and conditions. The first strike will start on 29th January with … Continue reading

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Another car drives onto the tracks on East Manchester line

An elderly woman has become the latest person to manage to drive their car onto the tram tracks at Holt Town causing delays to Manchester Metrolink services to and from Ashton-under-Lyne. The incident happened on Sunday 19th January at approximately … Continue reading

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Tramlink delays after dewirement at East Croydon

Services through East Croydon were severely disrupted for three hours on Thursday 23rd January following an incident involving 2552 which saw the tram dewire. The incident happened on the pointwork where the loop line converges to become one line through … Continue reading

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Crich invites enthusiasts to witness winter shunting

In an unusual but very welcome development, Crich Tramway Village will throw open its doors on Saturday 1st February to allow enthusiasts to see some unusual shunting movements. A number of trams which rarely emerge into the great outdoors are … Continue reading

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Sunderland 16 gets ‘Binned’

Sunderland 16 has become the latest member of the Beamish tram fleet to receive external advertisements for Binns, featuring the famous ‘Shop at Binns’ slogan on the upper deck end panels. This famous advertisement was once carried by the entire … Continue reading

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