Monthly Archives: October 2014

Heritage Trams this week

As the year draws to an end for most of Britain’s heritage tramways, we take our weekly look at all that is going on over the next seven days and where you can ride on a vintage tram in the … Continue reading

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Bid to save Burton & Ashby 14 launched

Tram enthusiasts are uniting in an attempt to rescue Burton & Ashby 14 from Detriot, following the recent announcement that this historic open-top tramcar is to be sold at auction on November 5th. There has been considerable interest in this … Continue reading

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Box 40 & Balloon 711 go back to Blackpool

Following a highly enjoyable period of operation at the Crich Tramway Village during 2014, both Blackpool trams Box 40 and Balloon 711 left their temporary home in Derbyshire on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th October. Having participated in this year’s … Continue reading

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Exciting plans for Leicester tram depot revealed

The Leicester Transport Trust have confirmed plans which could see a local tram depot which still stands today, revamped for use as a Road Transport Heritage & Research Centre. The organisation have been leasing the Stoneygate tram depot, which is … Continue reading

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An auspicious day for Liverpool 245

The long-awaited entry into public service of Liverpool 245, the sole survivor of the much admired ‘Baby Grand’ class of tramcar in the UK, took a step closer towards becoming a reality on Sunday 19th October. On this date, the … Continue reading

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Halloween comes early at Crich

One of the most popular annual events to be staged at Crich Tramway Village, the Starlight Halloween event, has been expanded for 2014 to run for a full nine days, covering the whole of the school half-term holiday week in … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

This week we bring you photos from Stagecoach Supertram in September & October as we continue to catch-up with our photo tour of the UK’s tram and light rail systems. You can find those photos at and we also … Continue reading

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Is this the end for the return of trams to Preston?

It looks as if the proposal for trams to return to Preston is over following the release of a document recommending the rejection of the latest planning application submitted by Trampower. This planning application was submitted earlier this year and … Continue reading

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Another T68 leaves Manchester

Manchester Metrolink have waved goodbye to another T68 with the departure of 1017 late on Thursday 23rd October. This is the 19th of the combined T68/T68A fleet to make the move across to Booths in Rotherham for scrapping and there … Continue reading

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Bus and tram collide in Shandwick Place

For the third time in as many months there has been a high profile collision between a bus and a tram in Edinburgh City Centre. This accident took place on Shandwick Place and saw a bus scrape along the side … Continue reading

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London Tramlink Engineering Works: 25th October to 2nd November

London Tramlink services will be suspended between Mitcham Junction and Ampere Way from Saturday 25th October until Sunday 2nd November in connection with double tracking work on the Wimbledon branch in the Beddington Lane area. During the work a replacement … Continue reading

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Burton & Ashby 14 up for auction

The future of Burton & Ashby 14 has been thrown into some doubt, following the surprising revelation that this unique open top tramcar is being offered for sale as part of a large auction after being deemed surplus to requirements … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Glasgow 488 restoration progresses

It’s not often that when you think of a tram restoration you think of it as taking place in Wales, but that is, of course, exactly where the major restoration of Glasgow 488 – repatriated from France last year – … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams this week

It’s that time of the week again as we round-up just when and where you can ride on heritage trams in the UK and Isle of Man. Although many places across the country only have a little over a week … Continue reading

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Enhanced heritage output for half-term in Blackpool

As expected, it has been confirmed that there will be additional trams operating in Blackpool on illumination tours during the forthcoming school half-term week, commencing from Friday 24th October and running until 2nd November inclusive. This period should see four … Continue reading

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Crich depot conditions to be assessed

It is well known that the conditions in the main running sheds at Crich Tramway Village are less than ideal for housing a priceless collection of vintage trams, in their current condition. Now, a serious effort is being made to … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 23: Southampton 45 celebrates ‘Electric 30′

Having just recently celebrated the milestone 50th anniversary of electric tram operation at the National Tramway Museum at Crich, we turn the clock back two decades to look at one of the trams which was chosen to star in the … Continue reading

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T68A 2005 goes for scrapping

On Wednesday 15th October the second of the once six strong class of T68A LRVs on Manchester Metrolink departed Trafford Depot for scrapping in Rotherham. 2005 was moved directly into the cutting area at Booths scrapyard and is now well … Continue reading

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Crich reveal first event plans for 2015

The first few dates for special events at Crich Tramway Village have now begun to appear on the museum’s official website, with a definite theme of wars apparent in what has been announced so far. The usual two 1940s-themed events … Continue reading

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Manchester 765 to revisit the city centre!

Following on from a high profile event to celebrate its 100th anniversary year, Manchester 765 is set to enjoy another day in the limelight before the year is out. On November 4th, the tram is due to be displayed outside … Continue reading

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