Monthly Archives: July 2015

Midland Metro completes the Urbos 3 set

The 21st and final CAF built Urbos 3 tram for Midland Metro arrived under the usual secrecy on Tuesday 7th July at Wednesbury Depot. Number 37 arrived on the back of two low loaders having travelled from Spain by road … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Newcastle 102

We’re off to Crich again for our latest installment in “Picture in Time” and this time we take a look at Newcastle 102 – another tram currently out of service. Today we see the tram in action in 1989.

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In Pictures: 675 goes solo

Recent work in Blackpool Transport’s Rigby Road workshops on returning Twin set 675+685 to a serviceable condition has focussed on the trailer car, which has spent several weeks in the Paint Shop. However, attention is expected to turn towards its … Continue reading

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NELSAM gets accredited

Some recent positive news from one of our newer names in the tramcar preservation movement comes from the North East Land Sea & Air Museum (NELSAM) which has recently been awarded accredited museum status by the Arts Council England. This … Continue reading

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MER trailer topples over at Laxey

The title of this report is not an exaggeration, unfortunately. On the morning of Tuesday 7th July, a serious accident occured on the Manx Electric Railway when Winter Trailer 58 derailed during a shunting move near Laxey Station, resulting in it … Continue reading

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More details on Metrolink derailment incident

As investigations continue, more details have now emerged regarding a serious incident which occured on the Manchester Metrolink system late on Friday 3rd July. It has now become clear that two trams were affected; one which derailed, and another which … Continue reading

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A chance to visit Fleetwood’s tram graveyard

The open storage site at Fleetwood fish docks which is occupied by a large number of Blackpool tramcars is normally strictly off limits to members of the general public, but at 1230 on Saturday 18th July a limited number of … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1007

As we continue our way through the Manchester Metrolink T68 fleet the latest instalment of Picture in Time features 1007 which is, of course, the only modern light rail vehicle to have a guaranteed future in preservation having been acquired … Continue reading

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Vandals derail Metrolink tram

Saturday 4th July has seen considerable disruption for Manchester’s Metrolink network after a tram derailed late the previous night at St Werburghs Road. As a result of the incident, said to have been caused by an act of vandalism, services … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 636

Picture in Time today returns to Blackpool as we take a look at Brush Railcoach 636 at a time when it carried a livery styled on the wartime green and cream in 1992.

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Going for a ride…

It is time again for us to take our weekly look at just where in the UK you can enjoy a ride on a traditional tramcar over the next seven days. With the summer now definitely here and the school … Continue reading

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A bridge for Beamish

Although not directly relevant to trams, a recent addition to the massive collection of historic objects at Beamish Museum seemed interesting enough to warrant mention here. The museum has recently obtained a bridge dating from 1863 which was donated by … Continue reading

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Things that go bump in Cleveleys

A road traffic collision involving a tram and a motor car at Cleveleys Square caused considerable disruption to tram services in Blackpool on Thursday 2nd July. Whilst the emergency services attended to the incident the tram service was terminated at … Continue reading

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Delays after contractor hits cable at St Peter’s Square

No sooner had the work at St Peter’s Square got started in earnest then Manchester Metrolink services came to a standstill after a contractor struck an uncharted cable during excavation works. The incident meant that a complete power failure was … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Latest on Supertram rail replacement works

The latest phase of rail replacement works on Stagecoach Supertram have now commenced with the first stage of these works being on South Street Bridge between the delta junction and Sheffield Station. As a result of these works trams on … Continue reading

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NET Citadis to be named Stephen Lowe

The latest name to be added to a tram on Nottingham Express Transit is to be Stephen Lowe, a playwright who comes from Nottingham. Mr Lowe is said to be “Nottingham’s most successful playwright…ever” and has had over 40 plays … Continue reading

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It’s a yes to bikes on Edinburgh Trams

Following a successful two month trial it has been confirmed that bikes will be allowed to on board Edinburgh Trams permanently. During the trial, which was initially for one month but this was extended to two for further data to … Continue reading

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But it’s a no for dogs on Metrolink

A report is recommending that non-assistance dogs should not be carried on Manchester Metrolink following a lengthy consultation into whether it would be possible. The report has identified a number of key risks which raise concerns over both the safety … Continue reading

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