Monthly Archives: January 2015

Testing continues on NET Phase Two

As 2015 starts further testing has commenced on the Phase Two extension of Nottingham Express Transit with the first tram movements taking place into the centre of Clifton overnight on Wednesday 7th January. As with all previous first test runs … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 3013 and 3093 in action on Metrolink

We reported last weekend about 3093 becoming the latest M5000 to enter traffic on Manchester Metrolink whilst 3013 has taken its first tentative steps ahead of a return to service with initial testing being undertaken around Queens Road Depot. And … Continue reading

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RAIB investigation into Tramlink derailment starts

Further information has been released by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) into the derailment of London Tramlink CR4000 2544 at Mitcham Junction on Monday 29th December 2014 at 2355.

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Kimberley feasibility study back on track

Late in 2014 it seemed as though the hopes for extending Nottingham Express Transit to Kimberley were fading following Broxtowe Borough Council’s decision not to provide funding towards a feasibility study. However just three weeks after the vote at a … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester Metrolink T68s wait at Trafford

Although it had originally been expected that the last unclaimed Manchester Metrolink T68 and T68As would have left Trafford Depot by the end of 2014 as 2015 dawned there are still three of the vehicles remaining in Manchester. These are … Continue reading

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A happy heritage new year for Blackpool

Just days into the new year, and three members of the Blackpool heritage fleet have already been observed out and about on the tramway, having ended 2014 relatively late on Sunday 28th December. This once again highlights how fears that … Continue reading

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Increased horse power for Crich

Another attempt to provide additional interest to visitors to Crich Tramway Village on non-event days for 2015, will see a horse car service operate on a number of dates this year. This will utilise the 1874-built Sheffield 15, the first … Continue reading

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New destination blinds for heritage trams

Thanks to an incredible act of generosity by an enthusiast, efforts are now being made to further improve the authenticity of the appearance of Blackpool’s heritage tram fleet. Twin set 272+T2 have recently received new destination blinds, with further trams … Continue reading

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Trams on TV

The last few months of 2014 saw a higher than average number of high-profile appearances on television by vintage trams, with trams from Blackpool, Crich and Heaton Park all being thrust into the spotlight. All of these were on BBC1 … Continue reading

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Midland Metro T69 book – can you help?

Before Christmas we ran an appeal for information and photos for inclusion in Andrew Coward’s latest book – a tribute to the Midland Metro T69s, which are due for withdrawal within the next few months. Following on from this Andrew … Continue reading

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M5000 3093 enters service

2014 finished with the operational Manchester Metrolink M5000 fleet at 92 examples following the entry into service of 3093. This LRV was first used in passenger service on Christmas Eve, running on the Airport line, and has now joined the … Continue reading

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New advert for Tramlink 2542

There are now three CR4000s (and four trams in total on Tramlink) in advertising liveries following the release of 2542 shortly being Christmas in a vinyl wrap ad for Turkish Airlines. The advert is almost completely red with the usual … Continue reading

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Snow causes problems for Stagecoach Supertram

Snow – it looks nice and is lovely when you don’t have to go anywhere but it can also cause major travel chaos and that is exactly what happened on Stagecoach Supertram after a 4” snow fall starting on Boxing … Continue reading

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Derailment on London Tramlink

London Tramlink CR4000 2544 derailed late on Monday 29th December on the approach to Mitcham Junction causing the service to be suspended between Mitcham Junction and Belgrave Walk. Full details of the incident are not yet known but from a … Continue reading

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Metro extension to New Cross back on the cards?

The latest Wolverhampton City Council city centre action plan has seemingly revived plans for a Midland Metro extension to serve New Cross Hospital. Originally on the table as part of the Five Ws line (which would have connected Wolverhampton, Wednesfield, … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Enter the Green Route!

On both Boxing Day and New Years Day Stagecoach Supertram operated a special festive timetable which saw the Blue route run from Halfway to Meadowhall via Cathedral. As this saw the trams in effect run on both the Blue and … Continue reading

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Metrolink 1 Fireworks 0

As the clock struck midnight revellers across the UK celebrated the start of a new year with fireworks going off all around, except that is in Manchester where the new year fireworks did not go off until 0004! And the … Continue reading

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Man airlifted to hospital after being hit by tram

A 22 year old man was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a Midland Metro tram on Bilston Road between Priestfield and The Royal on Thursday 1st January. The pedestrian was knocked unconscious in the incident, which happened at … Continue reading

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Lytham 43 set for a return to the Fylde

2014 has certainly been a year of amazing and unexpected developments in the UK tram preservation movement, and that continued right until the final few days of the year with a very welcome announcement from the Blackpool Heritage Trust. It … Continue reading

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