Monthly Archives: February 2014

This week on British Trams Online

More photos for you to have a look at as part of this week’s main site update of British Trams Online

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Lightning strikes twice for Stockport 5

The saying that lightning never strikes twice has unfortunately been proved untrue by the Manchester Transport Museum Society, who have had to withdraw the planned loan of Stockport 5 to Beamish for their main transport event in April for the … Continue reading

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Mixed fortunes for the Crich horse tram fleet

In a pleasing development, anyone who fancies a ride on a horse tram at Crich Tramway Village this year won’t have to attend the Edwardian event, as Sheffield 15 will also be operating for a special Sheffield-themed event in May. … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 14: Balloon 711 through the years

To mark the upcoming transfer to the National Tramway Museum of Blackpool Balloon car 711 on an initial two-year loan, our occasional Picture in Time feature puts the spotlight on this tram, featuring three liveries it has carried over the … Continue reading

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Midland Metro 20 arrives

The fourth of the CAF built trams for Midland Metro finally arrived at Wednesbury Depot on Friday 21st February after two previous false starts caused by poor weather conditions. Number 20 was originally due to arrive a fortnight ago but … Continue reading

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Lost Trams 11: Glasgow 585

Next up in our Lost Trams series is a tram which has been out of the public eye since 1999 but which does remain in the UK – Glasgow 585.

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Manchester Metrolink service pattern from Monday 24th February

The exact service pattern on Manchester Metrolink as from Monday 24th February for the next nine months has now been confirmed on their official website with the Bury-Altrincham direct service confirmed as operating all every day with the Altrincham-Piccadilly and … Continue reading

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Daytime testing starts in Edinburgh city centre

As reported earlier this week daytime testing in Edinburgh city centre has now commenced with the first test run taking place shortly after 1500 on Thursday 20th February. Tram 265 was the tram chosen to undertake this first run and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester Metrolink T68As continue to fly the flag

The two remaining Manchester Metrolink T68As – 2001 and 2003 – continue to be operational and are still seeing fairly regular use. It is expected that from Monday 24th February they will be restricted to the Bury-Abraham Moss shuttle (considering … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Unusual destinations on Manchester Metrolink

With engineering works, sorry improvement works, taking place on the Manchester Metrolink network on Sunday 23rd February a number of unusual destinations were carried on some of the LRVs in action on this day. Previously it has been normal for … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester Metrolink – Droylsden

On Sunday 16th February with ongoing improvement works affecting Manchester Metrolink services from Eccles were extended through to Ashton-under-Lyne – a service which will operate for the next month as a result of the Victoria Station works. With thanks to … Continue reading

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New Cab Ride DVDs available

Two new cab ride DVDs have recently been released featuring footage from the Blackpool Tramway and London Tramlink. As well as featuring full uninterrupted cab rides both DVDs include speeded up journeys.

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DLR sets new performance records

The Docklands Light Railway has set a new record for punctuality and performance with 99.67% of trains running on time between 5th January and 1st February whilst during the same period 99.77% of all scheduled services ran.

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Seaton trams return to the road – literally!

Just one week ago, the Seaton Tramway in Devon was devastated by severe weather conditions, which flooded the tramway’s offices, damaged overhead poles and washed away part of the track bed, scuppering plans to re-open for business in time for … Continue reading

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A bright future for the Sunderland Balloon

The long-term future of Blackpool Balloon car 703 is now looking more secure than ever before, following the announcement that it has become the latest tram to be sold by the Lancastrian Transport Trust to a new owner. The tram … Continue reading

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Sheffield 510 comes back to life

A major milestone in the extensive overhaul of Sheffield ‘Roberts’ car 510 at the National Tramway Museum, Crich, occured on Tuesday 18th February, when the tram emerged from the workshop under its own power for the first time since major … Continue reading

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MTMS launch Blackpool tram support fund

The Manchester Transport Museum Society have launched a new fund which has been created specifically to support the various Blackpool trams it has acquired for operation at the Heaton Park Tramway. This will allow fans of the classic Blackpool cars … Continue reading

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Edinburgh tram testing set to increase

The next stage of testing on Edinburgh Trams is set to start this week with the commencement of daylight testing into the city centre for the first time. Up until now any testing which has taken place on the city … Continue reading

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Can you identify this photo?

Can you help to identify when and where this photograph was taken? We have been contacted by the grandson of William Stirzaker trying to discover when and where the photo was taken. William was a wheelwright employed by Dick Kerr … Continue reading

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New owners confirmed for Blackpool 671

After a number of twists and turns in its recent past, Blackpool Towing car 671 is set for a new home with a new name to the transport preservation movement, the Tyne Tees Transport Trust. This group are believed to … Continue reading

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