Monthly Archives: March 2014

In Pictures: Heaton Park Tramway re-opens for business

Just one day after the Crich Tramway Village re-opened for the 2014 season, it was the turn of the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester to resume operating for another year. Sunday 30th March also marked the start of the Great … Continue reading

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Rochdale Town Centre line opens

3049 has become the first tram to carry passengers in Rochdale Town Centre for over 80 years (12th November 1932 was the closure date of Rochdale Corporation Tramways) with the official opening of the latest Manchester Metrolink extension. The first … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nottingham Express Transit Citadis 226 arrives

The eleventh Alstom Citadis tram for Nottingham Express Transit, 226, arrived in the city during the early hours of Monday 24th March. This now means that half of the order of 22 are in Nottingham with the remaining deliveries expected … Continue reading

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In Pictures: First day of 2014 season at Crich

Yesterday we reported on the first day of the 2014 season at the Crich Tramway Village and now with huge thanks to Hazel Quarmby we are able to bring you a selection of images from the first day when Chesterfield … Continue reading

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British Trams Online this week…

We have another three new Photo Galleries for you on the main site update of British Trams Online this week alongside the rest of our usual updates:

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Crich kick off the 2014 season

The first proper open day at Crich Tramway Village in 2014 was Saturday 29th March, when a three tram service operated, as is scheduled to run every day the museum is open this year. Although a limited open day had … Continue reading

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Shadow running starts in Rochdale town centre

Thursday 27th March saw the first of four planned days of shadow running in Rochdale town centre ahead of the opening of the line to the public on Monday 31st March. As with previous shadow running on Manchester Metrolink the … Continue reading

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Details released for Isle of Man’s Rush Hour on the Railways

Isle of Man Transport have now released full details of the plans for their first major special event of 2014: Rush Hour on the Railways. In previous years this event has been concentrated on the Isle of Man Steam Railway … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Testing continues in Edinburgh

Test running of Edinburgh Trams is continuing with a recent expansion in hours of operation with trams now testing now taking place at any time between 0500 and 2359 on weekdays. It is also planned that testing will be extended … Continue reading

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In Picture: M5000 3080 enters service

The latest M5000 to enter service is 3080 which first carried passengers on Tuesday 25th March. The LRV is not equipped with the ATS or VRS equipment and so is part of the pool of vehicles which are restricted to … Continue reading

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Stadler’s spread their wings on Tramlink

Since being introduced into service during 2012 the Stadler Variotrams on London Tramlink have, apart from on a few occasions, mainly been limited to use on the Elmers End routes (lines 1 and 4) but over the past week they … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nottingham Express Transit Phase Two works

Construction work on Phase Two of Nottingham Express Transit has gathered pace in the last few weeks with seven day a week working now in evidence. Traction poles are now up in several places including Chillwell, Wilford Riverside and Meadows … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Stagecoach Supertram rail replacement work starts

The first stage of the second phase of rail replacement on Stagecoach Supertram has got under on Saturday 29th March with work commencing at Hillsborough Corner. During this stage of works, which are due to be completed by the end … Continue reading

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Mobility scooters cleared for Metrolink

From Monday 31st March people living in Greater Manchester and holding either an English Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) Disabled Person’s Pass or a TfGM Travel Voucher pass will be able to apply for a permit to use their mobility scooter … Continue reading

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Nottinghamshire resident concessionary pass holders to enjoy even better discounts on NET

Concessionary pass holders from Nottinghamshire will be able to enjoy better discounts on board Nottingham Express Transit from 1st April with the previous restriction between 1600 and 1800 on weekdays being relaxed. Previously concessionary pass holders had to pay half … Continue reading

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Supertram single fares frozen

Stagecoach Supertram have announced that all single tram tickets and tram and bus Dayrider and Megarider tickets are to be frozen in price in acknowledgement of the disruption likely to passengers during the track replacement works which have now started.

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Western Train loses its trolley

One of Blackpool’s best loved trams, the illuminated Western Train 733, has undergone another minor change to its external appearance recently, with the removal of its trolley arm. It may be recalled that over winter, 733 had been fitted with … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams this week…

This is your one stop guide to when and where you can ride on heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man. Now fully back after its winter hiatus this is an improved version (well we’ve added website links … Continue reading

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Manchester 765 prepared for Mayoral visit to Heaton Park

Ahead of the commencement of the 2014 operating season on Sunday 30th March, the Heaton Park Tramway played host to a very special guest on Friday 28th March, when the Mayor of Manchester paid an official visit to the tramway. … Continue reading

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More good news for Blackpool’s heritage service

After starting the year on a low with the announcement of budget cuts which threatened to severely dent this year’s operations, the heritage tram service at Blackpool has been the subject of many positive developments recently, with more running days … Continue reading

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