Monthly Archives: September 2014

‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 5: Thank you & goodnight!

The second cavalcade of the weekend was intended to illustrate the development of electric tramcar design; rather than the vehicles being presented in order of age, the idea here was to show the design evolution, hence some trams which were … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 4: Trams of the North East

Day two of the ‘Electric 50′ event on Sunday 14th September once again got off to a sunny start, although the temperature was somewhat cooler than the Saturday. The day began with the chance to show off the trio of … Continue reading

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New advertiser for Flexity 006

Flexity 006 has become the latest member of the core Blackpool fleet to receive a new advertising contract. During early September, the tram’s adverts for the Pleasure Beach Ice Arena – which it had carried for the last two years … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Party on ‘Princess Alice’

We recently reported on a private hire on the Blackpool tramway when ‘Princess Alice’ 706 was used as the mobile venue for a very novel birthday party on the late afternoon and evening of Saturday 6th September. We are now … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 3: Trams as far as the eye can see

Arguably the main event to celebrate fifty years of electric tramcar operation at Crich, was the 25-tram cavalcade on Saturday 13th September, featuring all of the available electric passenger cars in the fleet, including the visiting trams currently on site, … Continue reading

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Blackpool tram running day announced for Crich

Fresh from the mammoth ‘Electric 50′ celebratory weekend, the Tramway Museum Society have announced details of yet another exciting event for enthusiasts to be held at Crich Tramway Village. On Sunday 12th October, it is planned to have nine Blackpool … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 2: The Misadventures of Spongebob

At 1100 on Saturday 13th September, a large crowd gathered in the depot yard at Crich to witness the official launch into museum service of Blackpool 762 – the first of the Jubilee cars to ever run in passenger service … Continue reading

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‘Electric 50′ at Crich – Part 1: Newcastle & Fleetwood

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, readers of this website will surely be aware that 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of electric tramcar operation at Crich Tramway Village – the first museum tramway … Continue reading

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T68 1009 latest to go for scrapping

The scrapping of the Manchester Metrolink T68 continues to take place at a pace with 1009 the latest to leave Trafford Depot for Booths of Rotherham where it has an appointment booked with the cutters torch. This is the 14th … Continue reading

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Stagecoach Supertram services back up and running

Following the completion of planned rail replacement works in the West Street and University areas and repairs to the hole at the Park Square delta junction all Stagecoach Supertram services returned to normal from Saturday 13th September. This is the … Continue reading

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New M5000 order increased to 16 from 12

Transport for Greater Manchester have now confirmed that the recently announced deal for extra LRVs on the Metrolink network will be for 16 vehicles rather than the expected 12, bringing the eventual size of the M5000 fleet to 120.

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In Pictures: Newcastle 114 debuts in service at Crich

Just four days after arriving from Beamish, Newcastle 114 was employed in passenger service for the first time at Crich Tramway Village on Friday 12th September. The tram was used alongside the other two visiting trams which have come to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Newcastle 114 arrives at Crich

As we continue the build-up to the highly anticipated Electric 50 event at the Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September we bring you some further shots of the arrival of Newcastle 114 at its holiday resort … Continue reading

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In Pictures: London Tramlink 2531 in new all over advert

As we reported last weekend London Tramlink CR4000 2531 has received a new all over advert for McMillan Williams Solicitors and we are now able to bring you some photos of the new look tram. Photos courtesy of Ian Buck … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams this week

So what do our heritage tramways have for you over the next week? Well there is the small matter of the highly anticipated Electric 50 event at the Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September where up … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Midland Metro Urbos 3 update

Midland Metro’s new Urbos 3 trams continue to be in passenger service every day but since the first day there haven’t often been four in action at any one time with normally just two running with occasionally a third joining … Continue reading

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Bus and tram collide in Sheffield

A bus and a tram were involved in a collision on Monday 8th September which caused the driver of the bus to be taken to hospital suffering from minor injuries having been cut free from the bus. The incident happened … Continue reading

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Final preparations for ‘Electric 50′ at Crich

With just a few days to go before the biggest heritage tram event of 2014 – ‘Electric 50′ at the Crich Tramway Village, for anyone who’s been living in a cave for the last few months – anticipation for this … Continue reading

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An eventful weekend for the museum tramways

The weekend of 6th & 7th September was a busy one for two of the UK’s heritage tramways, with major transport events taking place at both the East Anglia Transport Museum at Carlton Colville near Lowestoft, and Manchester’s Heaton Park Tramway. … Continue reading

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Open cars rule in Blackpool!

Saturday 6th September was an eventful day for Blackpool’s heritage trams, five of which were used over the course of the day, including two on private hires, plus the first appearance of a Boat car on an illuminations tour this … Continue reading

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