Monthly Archives: April 2014

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. Although the excitement of Easter’s special events is now a memory this week sees 10 of our … Continue reading

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Cash injection for owners of Brush car 636

Stored Energy Technology, the Derby-based company who currently own Blackpool Brush Railcoach 636, have been awarded a sizeable grant to progress its aims to develop a lighter and more efficient method of powering electric trams. This project had begun some … Continue reading

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Playing with numbers at Heaton Park

Following a period of time masquerading as Heaton Park 7, Blackpool Vanguard 619 has now regained its true identity with the fleet number it carried during its time spent in Blackpool being restored. The newly applied gold numerals on the … Continue reading

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Crich operating fleet for 2014 revealed

2014 is shaping up to be a bumper year for Crich Tramway Village, as the site prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of electric tramcar operation there. As well as having several new attractions and amenities for visitors to enjoy, the … Continue reading

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Triumphant return for Blackpool’s heritage trams

Another exciting year for Blackpool Transport’s fleet of historic trams got properly underway over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, with the welcome return of the increasingly popular heritage tram service. For three days, nine of the traditional fleet returned to … Continue reading

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Warning! Balloon 711 on test at Crich!

Whilst many tram enthusiasts were celebrating the 80th anniversary of the famous Balloon trams in Blackpool over the Easter weekend, one of the class was making history elsewhere. Modified car 711, which is on loan to the National Tramway Museum … Continue reading

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Balloon car named ‘Walter Luff’

As part of the celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of Blackpool’s iconic English Electric streamlined trams, a short ceremony was held on the afternoon of Saturday 19th April which saw one of the classic double-deck Balloon cars named ‘Walter … Continue reading

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(Almost) all over advert Flexity debuts in Blackpool

Easter in Blackpool wasn’t all about the heritage trams, as Good Friday 18th April also saw the passenger debut of Flexity 016 with a brand new look. This tram has now earned its place in the history books by becoming … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

The main site update is now online with two more Photo Galleries added including photos from Blackpool and Beamish alongside fleet lists updates.

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In Pictures: Trampower tram in Preston

On Friday 11th April the Trampower tram was seen in the open again for the first time in many years when it was transported to Preston Docks for continued storage ahead of the planned development of a tramway in the … Continue reading

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Expanded Easter service on Birkenhead tramway

The Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society are pleased to confirm that the Birkehead heritage tramway will now be operating daily until Sunday 27th April, for the Easter holiday period. In addition, there will be an Easter Egg hunt taking place between … Continue reading

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Open cars come out to play at Crich

Thanks to some glorious spring weather during the Easter school holiday period, the use of open tramcars at Crich Tramway Village has increased significantly. Last year’s two most extensively used trams, Glasgow 1068 and Blackpool ‘Boat’ 236 have been in … Continue reading

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Metrolink T68 1001 heads off for scrap

1001 has become the second T68, and third T68/T68A combined, to depart Manchester for scrapping with it making its last journey on the back of a low loader on Tuesday 15th April having spent the previous couple of weeks in … 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. Easter is traditionally the time when things start to become even more exciting on our heritage tramways … Continue reading

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New Pudding Mill Lane Station to be connected to DLR network

The new larger Pudding Mill Lane Station on the original Docklands Light Railway Stratford line is set to be connected to the rest of the network during a 10 day closure of line starting from Good Friday, 18th April. The … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Stagecoach Supertram rail replacement works continue

The rail replacement works on Stagecoach Supertram moved on to the bottom of Ripley Street at the end of last week which led to the closure of this road and traffic diversions including the RT52 bus returning to its old … Continue reading

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Blackpool Boat car 227 to miss Easter event

As was briefly mentioned in our summary of the planned heritage tram service operating in Blackpool over the Easter weekend, Open Boat 227 is unfortunately out of service at present, meaning that it will sadly miss out on the weekends’ … Continue reading

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Tiger tram escapes from Rigby Road! *Updated with more photos*

Monday 14th April 2014 was a landmark day in the lengthy career of Blackpool Brush Railcoach 622, as on this date the car was transported to a new home at a local primary school. Following a short period of uncertainty … Continue reading

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13 is a lucky number for Nottingham

The early hours of Friday 11th April saw the arrival of the 13th of 22 Alstom Citadis trams in Nottingham for use on the extended Nottingham Express Transit network. Deliveries normally arrive at Wilkinson Street Depot at around 2300 but … Continue reading

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Blackpool Event Preview: ‘English Electric at Easter’

Blackpool Transport have now revealed all of the provisional details of the planned heritage tram running days over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. As expected, the first three days of heritage operation in 2014 will heavily feature the English Electric streamlined … Continue reading

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