Monthly Archives: November 2014

British Trams Online This Week…

As well as the start of voting in the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2014 we also have a few more updates for you this week on the main website including the start of our annual Advent Calendars:

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British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2014 – Start Voting!

Voting is now open in all four categories of the British Trams Online Tram of Year 2014 contest following a week of nominations and lots of discussions. We are looking to find the “Tramcar of the Year”, “Light Rail Vehicle … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Brush 631 on driver training

As we have previously reported Blackpool Brush 631 has been used on its home tramway in recent weeks for driver training – a surprising but welcome development during the winter months. As well as being used on Monday 17th and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Work continues at Deansgate-Castlefield

One of two major construction projects currently underway on the outskirts of Manchester City Centre is at Deansgate-Castlefield where a new layout is to be introduced which will now include three platforms. This photo special shows recent progress at Deansgate-Castlefield.

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In Pictures: Midland Metro Birmingham City Centre extension

Progress is continuing in Birmingham City Centre on the construction of the short extension between Snow Hill and New Street railway stations, which is due to open during 2015. On 19th November Ken Jones paid a visit to the city … Continue reading

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Delays for Edinburgh Trams after power failure

Friday 14th November saw major problems for Edinburgh Trams after an electrical fire in a substation in West End. The fire was discovered at approximately 0945 and meant that all tram services were suspended between Murrayfield and York Place until … Continue reading

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Updated: Heritage Trams this winter…

It’s getting darker, colder and keeps on raining and there are hardly any heritage trams to ride on – not much to look forward to for the next few months then? Wrong! Although we have now entered the off season … Continue reading

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Metrolink T68As move for scrapping

The Manchester Metrolink T68A fleet was decimated over a nine day period in mid-November when three of the remaining four examples at Trafford Depot left on the back of a low loader for scrapping in Rotherham. 2006, 2002 and 2003 … Continue reading

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Midland Metro LRV update

Since our last update from Midland Metro we have seen the 16th Urbos 3 arrive in the West Midlands whilst the T69 fleet continues to be in a state of flux with vehicles seemingly being taken out of service and … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink M5000s update

Although most attention on Metrolink is concentrated towards the departure of the T68 and T68A fleet for scrapping the M5000 fleet continues to expand with vehicles being delivered, entering service as well as the application of the very first all … Continue reading

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Llandudno & Colwyn Bay replica no. 7 to make another appearance

The replica Llandudno & Colwyn Bay tramcar no. 7 is to make another appearance before the year is up when it will be hauled through the streets of Llandudno as part of the Christmas Parade on Saturday 6th December.

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Trackwork completed on Beeston & Chilwell NET Phase Two line

In a week of completions on Nottingham Express Transit all trackwork is now in place on the Beeston and Chilwell line with a special ceremony taking place on Thursday 27th November to mark the occasion. The final bolt – which … Continue reading

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First tracks laid on Second City Crossing

A major milestone has been reached in the construction of the Manchester Metrolink Second City Crossing (2CC) with the first tracks laid as progress continues ahead of a partial opening next winter. Thanks to a grant from the European Regional … Continue reading

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Midland Metro trackworks delayed

Earlier this month Centro confirmed that the rail replacement works on Midland Metro between The Royal and Wolverhampton St George’s were delayed after the discovery of mine workings underneath the track bed on Bilston Road. It was originally planned that … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Starlight Specials at Crich

The swansong of a successful 2014 season at the Crich Tramway Village was the week long Starlight Specials which saw much of the Museum site specially lit and a regular tram service employed after dark – a rare chance to … Continue reading

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Douglas Horse Tramway passenger numbers rise

Douglas Borough Council have announced that passenger numbers on the Horse Tramway during 2014 rose by 3.6% with approximately 62,000 passengers carried during the season, which ran from May until September. At a time when the future of the line … Continue reading

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NET services delayed after car parks on tracks – onlookers move it!

It was only a delay of 15 minutes but it was a delay which made it onto the BBC local news as a result of just how it was solved. On Thursday 20th November a tram running a service from … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Performance Update

It is time once again to take a look at the performance stats of Manchester Metrolink following the release of the latest report from Transport for Greater Manchester ahead of their regular sub-committee meeting. This report features information from period … Continue reading

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Car in collision with tram on Metrolink Airport line

Manchester Metrolink services on the newly opened Airport extension were suspended for approximately an hour after a car collided with a LRV at Wendon Road on Friday 28th November. The Manchester Evening News reported that this was the third time … Continue reading

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Metrolink services severely delayed after city centre stabbing

Manchester Metrolink services through the city centre were severely delayed at the start of service on Tuesday 25th November following a stabbing the previous night at Piccadilly Gardens. Greater Manchester Police had cordoned off a large area in the vicinity … Continue reading

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