Monthly Archives: December 2014

Tribute to the Midland Metro T69s book to be produced

Earlier this year one of the best UK light rail books produced was released with Superb: A Tribute to the Manchester Metrolink T68 & T68A Light Rail Vehicles released. Now one of the authors of that book, and regular British … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trams passenger numbers set to hit 3 million by year end

It has been revealed that passenger numbers on the Edinburgh Trams line between York Place and the Airport are set to hit 3 million by the end of the year – ahead of forecast patronage. The figures were released as … Continue reading

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Improved service on the way for the Docklands Light Railway

A new off peak five minute service across the entire Docklands Light Railway is to be introduced from 2017 it has been confirmed by the new operator KeolisAmey Docklands Ltd who took control on Sunday 7th December. The first improvements … Continue reading

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In Pictures: M5000 3092 enters service & 3093 arrives

Last week we reported on the entry into service of Manchester Metrolink’s 3092 and the arrival of 3093 and now, with thanks to Steve Kemp, we are able to illustrate both of these events. 3092 performed its first revenue earning … Continue reading

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In Pictures: London Tramlink double-tracking & Stadler runs on line 3

The latest double tracking project on the Wimbledon branch of London Tramlink was completed last month and trams are now able to use this section between Beddington Lane and the flyover at Mitcham Junction. This now allows more operational flexibility … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nottingham Citadis at night

We take a look at a couple of the Nottingham Express Transit Citadis trams operating on Phase One of the network at night. Featured are two of the named vehicles with 217 Carl Froch and 219 Alan Sillitoe shown. Thanks … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Performance Update

The Metrolink and Rail Networks sub-committee of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee are preparing to meet for one final time in 2014 and that means only one thing: the latest Metrolink performance statistics have been released. This time they … Continue reading

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Blackpool Balloons prepare for snow

The tradition of two Blackpool Balloon cars being fitted with a snowplough in case of adverse weather conditions over winter, which resumed following the tramway upgrade, is continuing with two trams so fitted in case of heavy snow fall. For … Continue reading

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Boldly going where no tram tour has gone before!

The number of private hires involving members of the Blackpool heritage tram fleet seems to have escalated during 2014, with the use of various trams in connection with birthday celebrations becoming particularly popular. One such hire took place on Saturday … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

As part of our main site update we have four new Photo Galleries for your viewing pleasure:

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Is the end finally in sight for the Midland Metro T69s?

Last week we reported how Midland Metro’s fleet of T69s seemed to be enjoying a resurgence and that rumours of their imminent demise were premature, but the past week has seen another reversal of fortunes with only three of the … Continue reading

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M5000 3092 enters service as 3093 arrives in the city

There has been more movement with the M5000 fleet on Manchester Metrolink fleet with a further example entering service rapidly followed by another delivery. The latest LRV to be used in service was 3092 which first carried passengers on 3rd … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Council order report on tram extension to Leith

When Edinburgh Trams finally opened at the end of May it was just a single line and a tint proportion of what had been hoped for. However could we see a larger network in the future? Edinburgh City Council have … Continue reading

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Midland Metro Track Replacement update

Midland Metro have announced that they are hoping to be able to resume services between Priestfield and The Royal from “around the 15th of this month” but no estimate of reopening through to Wolverhampton St Georges is currently being provided … Continue reading

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Railgrinding to take place in Nottingham

Railgrinding on the current Nottingham Express Transit line is to take place overnight between Monday 8th and Sunday 14th December. The work will start at Lace Market (8th/9th) before moving on to Noel Street (10th), Cinderhill branch line (11th), Wilkinson … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nottingham Express Transit Phase Two testing reaches ng2

Early on the morning of Wednesday 3rd December a significant step was taken in the testing and commissioning of Nottingham Express Transit’s Phase Two line to Beeston and Chilwell with the first test runs of a tram as far as … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Unusual destinations on Metrolink’s Airport line

Over the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November there were some unusual destinations for LRVs on Manchester Metrolink’s Airport line. On the Saturday one of the four cars which have recently ended up on the Airport line caused … Continue reading

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In Pictures: NET Phase Two Clifton line construction update

This photo update concentrates on the Nottingham Express Transit Phase Two extension to Clifton with construction work continuing ahead of a planned for opening sometime in 2015. It has been reported that completion of the trackwork on this line should … Continue reading

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British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2014 – multiple votes

When we opened the voting for the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2014 we asked that people refrain from multiple voting knowing full well that there would be some people who would be tempted to vote more than … Continue reading

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