Monthly Archives: January 2015

Seaton unveil events for 2015

Southern England’s only operational heritage tramway, the Seaton Tramway, have become the latest organisation to reveal their event plans for 2015. As well as the regular Bird Watching Trips, Dinosaur Tram and the evening events at the Tramstop Restaurant this … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 26: Leeds 602

Featuring for the second time in our “Picture in Time” series is Leeds 602. Last time we took a look at the tram we were in 1994 but our time machine has gone back to 1980 for this image as … Continue reading

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Another Urbos 3 enters service

Ten different Urbos 3s have now carried passengers on Midland Metro following the entry into service of 31 on Thursday 29th January. This day saw a seven-three split of Urbos 3/T69s in service with an eighth Urbos 3 also out … Continue reading

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More snow woe for Supertram

Of all the tram systems in the UK Stagecoach Supertram suffers most when snow falls with its large amount of street running and the height of parts of the route and the past few days has once again seen some … Continue reading

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Trams to return to Wolverhampton St George’s in March

After much rumour and debate it has now been confirmed by Centro that Midland Metro services should return to the full length of the route to Wolverhampton St George’s in March. The official announcement states that work has resumed on … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester Metrolink in the snow

Sheffield was not the only UK tramway to be hit by snow this week with Manchester Metrolink also seeing a slight covering but this caused very few problems for the service. Steve Kemp went out with his camera to take … Continue reading

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Winter work at Crich Tramway Village

Despite being closed to paying customers since early November, there is still plenty going on at Crich Tramway Village this winter. The major project has been the renewal of the interlaced track passing beneath the Bowes Lyon Bridge, which is … Continue reading

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Midland Metro welcome first new Urbos 3 of 2015

Friday 23rd January saw the arrival at Wednesbury of the latest CAF built Urbos 3 tram when 34 was delivered following its long journey from Spain, on the back of two loaders as usual. Unlike most recent deliveries which arrived … Continue reading

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Car collides with tram in Manchester City Centre

It seems you can’t go too long on Manchester Metrolink without another incident involving a car with the latest such incident occurring on Tuesday 27th January. This time a cab managed to drive into the path of a double unit … Continue reading

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New Tramlink Sunday service proves popular

10% more passengers are now using London Tramlink services between Wimbledon and New Addington on Sundays following the introduction of the enhanced timetable in mid December. On 14th December the frequency was increased from every 15 minutes to every 7/8 … Continue reading

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Docklands Light Railway strike called off

The 48 hour strike called by RMT members and due to start on Wednesday 28th January on the Docklands Light Railway was called off the day before after negotiations between the RMT and KeolisAmey Docklands.

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Blackpool 671 is back at Rigby Road (again!)

There was an unexpected delivery at Blackpool’s Rigby Road tram depot on the morning of Monday 26th January, when Twin car motor 671 returned home following a lengthy period of outside storage at Marton. 671 was the last of the … Continue reading

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Bad news for two preserved Blackpool trams

Two popular preserved Blackpool tramcars have started 2015 on a negative note, after many years of reliable service. Beamish Museum’s Sunderland 101 – best known by many of us as Blackpool Balloon 703 – has recently been withdrawn from use, … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

For the first time in 2015 we have a main site update on British Trams Online with four galleries uploaded, two of which feature new photos (and the other two are the Advent Calendar images being transferred across):

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Picture in Time 25: Blackpool Pantograph 167

What better tram to feature as our first Picture in Time of 2015 than the tram which won the “Tramcar of the Year” – Blackpool Pantograph 167. Over the past 12 months this tram has featured countless times on the … Continue reading

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Stockport Council call for tram-train connection

Stockport Council have recently unveiled a new vision for rail travel in the area with four major priorities. As well as improving existing railway stations and ensuring that HS2 brings benefits to the local area the Council are calling for … Continue reading

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Cyclists set to sue over Edinburgh accidents

In another example of how someone seemingly has to be blamed for every accident solicitors representing a group of cyclists who have suffered injuries having fallen off their bikes in the vicinity of the tram tracks in Edinburgh have revealed … Continue reading

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In Photos: Midland Metro in the snow

The first fairly significant snowfall of this winter period fell on Midland Metro on Wednesday 14th January 2015 although it proved to only really be a fairly light dusting and was also mostly gone by lunchtime. Nevertheless Andy Walters was … Continue reading

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A new voice for NET

Regular travellers on Nottingham Express Transit will start to notice a new voice telling them the next stop over the next few weeks as the announcements have been re-recorded in preparation for the opening of the new lines later this … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Wolverhampton St George’s progress

The much delayed rail replacement track between The Royal and Wolverhampton St George’s is continuing (rumours are that it will not be March at the earliest until Midland Metro services are able to resume into St George’s) with recent progress … Continue reading

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