Monthly Archives: May 2014

Edinburgh Trams Countdown: Network officially launched

Edinburgh Trams has been officially launched ahead of the start of public services on, well if you’ve been reading this website over the past couple of days you should know by now but just in case you don’t know yet, … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trams Countdown: The Route & Trams

So just where will Edinburgh Trams be going? And what about the trams in the fleet, what are they? Well if they are questions you have wanted to ask but haven’t this is the place to find the answers!

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Edinburgh Trams Countdown: Timetabling & Ticketing

It is nearly time to welcome trams back to the streets of Edinburgh (Saturday 31st May at 0500 is the first public service don’t forget!) and as part of our countdown to the opening we provide you with a quick … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams this week

It’s that time of the week again when we provide a round-up of when and where you can ride on heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man. After a hectic few weeks across the country things are starting … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Another big shunt – Heaton Park style

Some unusual and fantastic scenes were created earlier this week at the Heaton Park Tramway’s new Lakeside terminus, when a large shunting opportunity created an impromptu photo opportunity featuring an incredible six trams! The movements saw several operational cars appear, … Continue reading

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Blackpool’s heritage trams return home

On Thursday 29th May, a large number of historic tramcars graced Blackpool’s promenade, just a few days after the most recent spell of operation for the heritage fleet. This time however, the cars were not available for the public to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Balloon 711 launched at Crich

Blackpool Balloon 711 has become the latest tram to run at the Crich Tramway Village following its launch on the first day of the “Beside the Seaside” event on Saturday 24th May. The weather on this day was certainly not … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trams Countdown: A History of the project

At 0500 on Saturday 31st May it will be the start of a new era for public transport in the Scottish capital as the first public passenger service leaves Gyle Centre for the city centre. It may have seemed like … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nottingham Express Transit 219 goes on show

On Sunday 25th May with the Milk Race, a cycling race, taking place in Nottingham City Centre Nottingham Express Transit services from Hucknall and Phoenix Park were turned short at Royal Centre. As well as the fairly rare use of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams make final preparations

On Saturdays 17th and 24th May information events were held at St Andrews Square tramstop on Edinburgh Trams to give members of the public the chance to see inside a couple of trams and to ask questions about the impending … Continue reading

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Metrolink T68 1019 says goodbye to Manchester

On Wednesday 21st May the latest Metrolink T68 departed Manchester for scrapping in South Yorkshire when 1019 made the now far too familiar journey on the back of a low loader.

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The Leeds 602 Debate: An open letter to the Tramway Museum Society Journal

The following has been received by British Trams Online and is an open letter to the Tramway Museum Society Journal regarding the decision not to restore Leeds 602. It is written by Jim Soper, a senior member of the Tramway … Continue reading

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Charity Tramathon on Metrolink

A group of volunteers are to take part in a “Tramathon” on Manchester Metrolink to raise money for the Delamere Charitable Trust, a local special educational needs charity. The event, due to take place on Thursday 29 May, will see … Continue reading

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A fond farewell for Manchester Metrolink’s T68s

Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 26th May was a milestone day in the history of Manchester’s public transport, and indeed the history of British trams in the general, as it marked the final operation of one of the original batch of … Continue reading

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Funding boost takes Beamish into the ‘fifties!

Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, made a very exciting announcement on 27th May 2014, confirming that a bid for finance from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been successful. The hugely popular open-air museum has been awarded an initial … Continue reading

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The cat that got the tram!

The recent Spring Bank Holiday weekend saw a diverse range of events taking place at tramways across the country, and the Seaton Tramway in Devon was not to be left out. On Bank Holiday Monday 26th May, Seaton 12 was unveiled … Continue reading

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Boating concludes the Blackpool Bank Holiday

After two days of rather changeable, and at times very wet, weather conditions, the third and final day of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend saw a vast improvement in the weather at Blackpool, allowing open trams to dominate the heritage … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Pantograph cars reunited

The second day of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday 25th May, once again saw a three-car heritage service operating in Blackpool with visiting ‘Pantograph’ car 167 once again stealing the show. The opportunity was also taken to operate the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Brush car 634 arrives in the North East

Friday 23rd May saw yet another tram arrival at the North East Land, Sea & Air Museum at Washington, near Sunderland. As reported previously, the North Eastern Electrical Traction Trust have arranged a long-term loan deal involving privately owned Blackpool … Continue reading

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Blackpool 167 visits old haunts and makes new friends

One of the most anticipated tram events of 2014 occurred on Saturday 24th May, when Blackpool ‘Pantograph’ car 167 made its debut on the heritage tram service in Blackpool. Having last run in its former home town in 2010 – … Continue reading

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