Monthly Archives: April 2014

Manchester Metrolink T68As: The Final Farewell

The end of an era, the final farewell, call it what you will but Wednesday 30th April will go down as another significant date in the history of the Manchester Metrolink T68/T68A fleets with the final normal passenger service runs … Continue reading

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NET Citadis trams start daytime testing but Midland Metro Urbos3 training runs delayed

As we reported at the weekend the first daytime test/driver training runs of the Nottingham Express Transit Alstom Citadis trams have taken place this week with regular trips between Wilkinson Street and Nottingham city centre. This is the next stage … Continue reading

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New DLR Pudding Mill Lane Station opens

The new Docklands Light Railway station at Pudding Mill Lane welcomed its first passengers on Monday 28th April following a ten day closure of the line into Stratford to connect it up to the rest of the network. The station … Continue reading

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NET ticket machines are live!

Nottingham Express Transit has become the latest UK light rail system to introduce ticket machines with the machines going live for the first time this week. The machines have undergone extensive testing over the past few weeks and after this … Continue reading

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A Balloon lands at Heaton Park

Tuesday 29th April 2014 was a momentous day for the Heaton Park Tramway, with the arrival of yet another ‘new’ tram on site – Blackpool Balloon 702. The arrival of this tram has been eagerly awaited ever since it was … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Beamish and hello to Blackpool for 167!

One of the most anticipated tram loans of recent years kicked off late on Monday 28th April, when Blackpool Pantograph car 167 touched down on Blackpool tracks for its fourth visit back home since entering preservation. This stunning tram has … Continue reading

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Blackpool Councillors approve North Station tram extension

One of the best pieces of news concerning any British tramway so far in 2014, is the announcement that Blackpool Council have voted in favour of extending the town’s famous tramway to North Station. This will provide an invaluable link … Continue reading

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Heaton Park trams prepare for the future!

The last few weeks have been a busy time for volunteer members of the Manchester Transport Museum Society. As well as staging an Easter event which celebrated the revival of Blackpool Vanguard 619, work has been going on behind the … Continue reading

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Midland Metro tram update

It is not only Nottingham where there is due to be an increase in testing and driving training of their new trams as it is expected that driver training on the Urbos 3 trams on Midland Metro is due to … Continue reading

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Proof that Nottingham Express Transit can’t count!

Yesterday we brought you the news that the new Nottingham Express Transit Citadis trams were due to start daytime testing imminently. In that same news story we reported that 13 of the class had been delivered to Wilkinson Street so … Continue reading

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Blackpool Event Preview: May Day Bank Holiday

Details of the plans for Blackpool’s heritage tram service over the imminent May Day Bank Holiday weekend have now been announced, with a three-car service due to operate on both Sunday 4th & Monday 5th May. With a similar pool … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink T68 1004 gets ready for departure

The next Manchester Metrolink T68 to head to Rotherham for scrapping will be 1004 with the vehicle now loaded upon an Allelys low loader at Trafford Depot awaiting departure. It is expected that the LRV – which will become the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Seaton Tramway repairs

We have reported a lot this year on the repairs undertaken on the Seaton Tramway following the devastating damage caused by the Valentines night storms but haven’t seen the repairs but now thanks to Keith Chadbourne we are able to … Continue reading

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NET Citadis trams to start daytime testing

Next week should see a major step towards the introduction of the new Alstom Citadis trams into service on Nottingham Express Transit with the expected start of daytime testing of the trams. The first of the 22 strong class of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Latest M5000s around Manchester

The latest M5000 to enter service has been 3080 which joined the non-ATS and VRS equipped pool of trams for use (mainly) on the Eccles and MediaCityUK services. Meanwhile one of the latest vehicles to be delivered to Manchester, 3081, … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Supertram rail replacement works update

The first phase of the 2014 stage of rail replacement work on Stagecoach Supertram has now been completed with works in the Hillsborough and Malin Bridge areas now completed. The final part of this phase saw the double track and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Victoria Station redevelopment continues

The major redevelopment work at Victoria Station, which will see a new Metrolink stop constructed alongside other much needed improvements to the Station complex, is continuing with Metrolink services still altered through the area. This photo update from Steve Kemp … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Rochdale bus station and car park demolition

Although not directly affecting Manchester Metrolink work is also continuing on the demolition of the old Rochdale Bus Station and adjoining car park which is adjacent to the new Metrolink Rochdale Town Centre terminus. The work will see the 1970s … Continue reading

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Car & tram collide on Addiscombe Road

A car driver was taken to hospital after the vehicle he was in was involved in a collision with a tram on Addiscombe Road. The incident happened at 1900 on Thursday 24th April when CR4000 2549 came into contact with … Continue reading

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Utility diversion works continue in Manchester City Centre

Ground investigations and utility diversion work for the Second City Crossing (2CC) will move to Lower Mosley Street from Monday 28th April for approximately three weeks with the road closed to all through traffic from the junction of Oxford Street … Continue reading

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