Monthly Archives: August 2014

This week on British Trams Online

Another Photo Gallery for you as part of our main site update this week:

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Let there be light!

On Saturday 30th August, tours of the Blackpool illuminations by traditional tramcar resumed for the 2014 season with three different trams in operation for this role. Although the illuminations were actually switched on the previous night, part of the promenade … Continue reading

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Escape from Alcatraz… or not?

The Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust have confirmed that notice has been given to remove the trams from its collection which are currently stored at Kirkham Prison by the end of the year. Far from most announcements of an imminent release … Continue reading

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Bus and tram collide in Edinburgh City Centre

There were severe delays to both Edinburgh Trams services and traffic in the city centre during the morning rush hour on Friday 29th August after a collision involving a bus and a tram (no. 253). The collision took place shortly … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Shunting at Crich as 167 returns home

On Friday 29th August in preparation for the return of Blackpool 167 shunting took place around the depot at the Crich Tramway Village with several Blackpool trams being moved to ensure that 167 could be easily housed undercover. Hazel Quarmby … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink M5000 3086 enters service

3086 has become the latest M5000 to enter service on Manchester Metrolink with it noted operating on the Eccles to Ashton-under-Lyne service on Friday 29th August. As with all other recent vehicles to enter service it is only able to … Continue reading

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Plans put forward for new line in Croydon Town Centre

Transport for London have officially revealed plans for a second line in Croydon Town Centre which would not only add extra capacity to Tramlink but would also provide an alternative route which would enable trams to turn in the town … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams this week

September dawns and that means we enter another busy period for the UK’s heritage trams and this is a quick glance at what to expect over the next few weeks. Of course the Blackpool Illuminations are now shining nightly until … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Supertram rail replacement work update

Work is continuing on the rail replacement at the University of Sheffield on Stagecoach Supertram. Work is now not only taking place within the subway but also in the actual University of Sheffield stop itself. Photos by Stuart Cooke.

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Blackpool prepares for the illuminations

Friday 29th August will see the Blackpool illuminations switched on for another season by comedian Peter Kay. As has become the norm in recent years, the actual switch-on night itself will not be a good one for the tramway with … Continue reading

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167 bids goodbye to Blackpool

The hugely successful visit of Blackpool ‘Pantograph’ car 167 to the Blackpool tramway for summer 2014 finally came to an end on Friday 29th August, when the tram was loaded up onto a lorry on Blundell Street for the long … Continue reading

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Midland Metro engineering works confirmed to start in September

It has now been confirmed the major essential engineering works on Midland Metro will commence from Saturday 6th September (although the press release states this is the 8th so it could just as easily be Monday 8th!) and will now … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams – out of the city centre

Last week we bought you a full Photo Gallery featuring Edinburgh Trams (if you haven’t seen them yet and want to you can find them at http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/gallery478.html). The locations included were limited to in and around the city centre but … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool & Fleetwood 40 meets Blackpool 40 – take two!

We have previously featured images of the two Blackpool 40s in action at Crich on these pages but we are firm believers that if something is worth seeing once, it is worth seeing several times! On Wednesday 20th August the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Stagecoach Supertram rail replacement works

The ongoing rail replacement works on Stagecoach Supertram have now moved on to the University and subway area. The outbound track is currently being lifted ahead of new rail being laid whilst additional overnight work is also taking place in … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Crich Classic Transport Gathering

The latest special event took place at the Crich Tramway Village over the Bank Holiday Weekend. The Classic Transport Gathering took place between Saturday 23rd and Monday 25th August and saw a number of visiting vehicles on display, the Howards … Continue reading

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Blackpool 762 launch date announced

Following extensive attention in the workshop at Crich Tramway Village, Blackpool Jubilee car 762 is finally set to enter public service at the museum next month. The tram will be launched into the operating fleet at Crich as part of … Continue reading

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A bumper Bank Holiday for Blackpool’s heritage trams

Blackpool’s heritage tram fleet enjoyed their final spell of daytime operation during 2014 over the August Bank Holiday weekend, with a very credible total of eleven different historic trams appearing in traffic over the three action-packed days. This included the year … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Return of the Routemaster Balloon car

The August Bank Holiday weekend saw the welcome return to service in Blackpool of Balloon 701, fresh from the Paint Shop following a complete repaint. Gone was the faded and unflattering plain yellow coat of paint it carried when it … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool 290′s role in history recognised

Work on the repainting of preserved Blackpool Brush car 290 for continued static display near the Pleasure Beach on Blackpool promenade appears to be complete, with the tram now sporting a very smart looking green and cream livery. In addition, … Continue reading

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