Monthly Archives: March 2015

Picture in Time: Gateshead 5

Today “Picture in Time” heads back to Crich and we feature a tram which is currently withdrawn from service. That tram is Gateshead 5.

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In Pictures: Glasgow 488 restoration continues

Another restoration which we don’t feature too often on these pages is that of Glasgow 488 which is currently undergoing extensive work at the Boston Lodge workshops of the Ffestiniog Railway. Recent progress has seen work coming to an end … Continue reading

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Midland Metro services return to Wolverhampton

Friday 5th September. That was the last time that Midland Metro ran services through to Wolverhampton St George’s. But now almost seven months later trams are finally once again running the complete length of the tramway following the completion of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Manchester Metrolink 3097 arrives

As we reported at the weekend the 97th M5000 for Manchester Metrolink was delivered to Queen’s Road Depot on Saturday 28th March. 3097 arrived on the back of a low loader around midday having made the trip from mainland Europe … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Croydon Town Centre Easter blockade starts

On Saturday 28th March a 16 day blockade of the Croydon loop started with no trams running between Reeves Corner and East Croydon (with the closure extended through to Sandilands over the Easter weekend). Although the main purpose of the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Stagecoach Supertram 2015 rail replacement works commence

The 2015 programme of rail replacement works on Stagecoach Supertram commenced on Saturday 28th March. The first phase of works this year – known as Area 5 – is on the stretch between Infirmary Road and Hillsborough with the first … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A new season at Crich

As we reported at the weekend the 2015 season at the Crich Tramway Village kicked off on a damp Saturday 28th March with Blackpool Brush 630 operating the first service. This first day also saw fellow Blackpool car Standard 40 … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A soggy spring gala at Heaton Park

The Heaton Park Tramway’s almost annual Spring Gala has not had the best of luck with weather in the last few years – and so it was that the 2015 event on Sunday 29th March was marred by miserable conditions, … Continue reading

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More early season debuts in Blackpool

The second day of Blackpool’s heritage tram service for 2015, Sunday 29th March, saw two more trams making their public debuts for the year. For the second day running the weather was extremely poor for much of the day, with … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

This week we bring you a further two Photo Galleries again from some of the more modern systems operating in the UK:

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Brush cars start off the season at Blackpool and Crich

Saturday 28th March saw the 2015 season get underway for arguably the two main operators of traditional British trams – Blackpool and Crich. Appropriately, two consecutively numbered Brush Railcoaches were selected for service at the two locations on this day, … Continue reading

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Metrolink welcome M5000 3097 as 3096 enters service

The last couple of days has seen further movement on the Manchester Metrolink M5000 front with the latest arrival touching Metrolink metals for the first time with the previous arrival carrying passengers for the first time. The vehicles involved this … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 707

On the day that heritage tram operations return to Blackpool for another season we head to the north west coast for our latest edition of “Picture in Time”. This time the date is 31st August 1993 and we feature Blackpool … Continue reading

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Lytham 43 takes shape

It has been a while since we provided an update on the restoration of the last surviving Lytham St Annes tramcar, so to rectify that here is some news on how the project has been progressing – although really it … Continue reading

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Glasgow 1245 restoration continues

The restoration of Glasgow 1245 – a 1937 built Coronation car and reputed to be the last tram in Glasgow – is continuing at Summerlee with recent progress seeing the completion of the restoration of the tram’s motors.

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Going for a ride…

It’s the “big return” this week as both Blackpool and Crich re-open for the first time in 2015 along with the Snaefell Mountain Railway whilst it is also the time for both Beamish and Seaton to commence daily opening. And … Continue reading

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Man arrested after driving car onto tracks at Manchester Central

A 26 year old man has been arrested for drink driving after he drove his car onto the Metrolink tracks on the ramp outside the Manchester Central convention centre. The car was driven onto the tracks at around 2100 on … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trams fares to rise

Less than a year after opening it has been announced that some fares on Edinburgh Trams are to increase from 19th April. Although the majority of fares will be increasing from this date it has been confirmed that the £1.50 … Continue reading

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Supertram services change for the Queen

Her Majesty the Queen will be visiting Sheffield on Thursday 2nd April and as a result Supertram services will be altered from the start of service until approximately 1330. These changes are in addition to the alterations which will be … Continue reading

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Blackpool 680 arrives at Heaton Park

Some five years after it was acquired for preservation by the Manchester Transport Museum Society, Blackpool Ex-Towing car 680 finally arrived in Manchester for the very first time late on the night of 23rd March. This follows a highly successful … Continue reading

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