Monthly Archives: August 2015

A record-breaking Bank Holiday in Blackpool

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Blackpool’s heritage trams were once again out in force with the now familiar gold timetable in operation on both Sunday 30th & Monday 31st August. Normally six trams would be used for this, which … Continue reading

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Ride the Lights by Frigate

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have decided to capitalise on this year’s ‘Ride the Lights’ event on Tuesday 1st September, with a special illuminations tour being offered on Frigate 736. As has become an annual tradition in Blackpool, a preview of … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2552

We are back in Croydon for today’s Picture in Time image as we find CR4000 2552 operating a test run before the system opened to the public.

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Black & white blinds for a red & white Balloon

Almost exactly one year after debuting in service in its recreated red & white ‘Routemaster’ livery as first seen in 1991, Blackpool Balloon 701 now has an even more authentic appearance thanks to the addition of black and white destination … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool OMO 4

It’s back to 1974 for our latest edition of “Picture in Time” as we find ourselves in Fleetwood for a view of Blackpool OMO 4 in operation.

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Edinburgh Trams service change: Monday 31st August

Due to the closure of Princes Street for the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert on Monday 31st August, Edinburgh Trams services will  only run between Edinburgh Airport and West End Princes Street from 1930. The last full length tram will depart … Continue reading

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Tramways reopen after trackworks

The past week has seen two tramways reopen following major trackworks with Stagecoach Supertram now operating full services across the whole network after another summer of rail replacement whilst Manchester Metrolink services are now able to travel through St Peter’s … Continue reading

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Going for a ride…

It’s time, once again, for our weekly round-up of when and where you can enjoy a ride on a traditional tram in the British Isles over the next seven days or so. As it is Bank Holiday weekend it means … Continue reading

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Another Citadis naming

Nottingham Express Transit have named another of their Alstom Citadis trams with the latest vehicle to receive a name being 234 – the highest numbered tram yet to receive a number. It now carries the name George Africanus, who was … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Tramlink 2560 spotted in daylight

Since being delivered to Croydon back on 4th May 2560 – the seventh Stadler Variobahn for the Tramlink network and the first of the second batch – has not been seen out of the depot confines often in daylight hours … Continue reading

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Isle of Man Government pledge to move horse trams to Promenade walkway

The future of the Douglas Horse Tramway and just where the tracks should be going forward never seems to be far from the news on the Isle of Man and the latest instalment of this apparent never ending saga has … Continue reading

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No more horse trams for Crich in 2015

Unfortunately the last of the planned Horse Tram Days at the Crich Tramway Village for 2015 – which was due to take place on Wednesday 16th September – has had to be cancelled. As you may remember the regular horse-tram … Continue reading

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Book review: Journey on the Manx Electric Railway

A very comprehensive study of the journey from Derby Castle in Douglas to Ramsey by Manx Electric Railway, stopping to admire the many features along the route including the lovely Glens, towns and villages, plus the other transport gems encountered … Continue reading

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A brief introduction to…. Nottingham Express Transit Phase Two

In the second of our new series of brief introductions to the tramway of the British Isles we take a look at the new Phase Two extensions of Nottingham Express Transit with the new routes, stops, timetable and trams all … Continue reading

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Blackpool Brush 290 goes undercover

After the trials and tribulations of the last few weeks Blackpool Brush 290 is finally undercover again following its removal from its display track at Pleasure Beach in the early hours of Wednesday 26th August. As previously reported on British … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Hull 96 sees daylight again

The renovation of Hull 96 at the Heaton Park Tramway continues to make impressive progress ahead of its planned October launch. On Tuesday 25th August, the tram was briefly brought outside to allow Blackpool 623 to be placed over the … Continue reading

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Nottingham Express Transit Phase Two opens!

Three years after construction began – and 12 years after the first discussions – Phase Two of Nottingham Express Transit has opened to the public with the first trams departing the two new termini, at Clifton South and Toton Lane, … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Metropolitan Electric Tramways 331

Metropolitan Electric Tramways 331 is a tram which has featured before in our archive photo series, following its restoration to passenger-carrying status at Crich in its latter day identity as Sunderland 100. However, a little known fact about 331 is … Continue reading

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NET Phase Two opens Tuesday 25th August

Tuesday 25th August – as well as being only 4 months until Christmas! – will see Nottingham Express Transit expand with the opening of the two Phase Two lines serving Clifton and Chilwell. Shortly after 0600 services will commence from … Continue reading

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680 set to run in Blackpool this month!

Following the exciting news of Blackpool 680‘s arrival at Rigby Road on Friday 21st August, no time has been wasted in preparing the tram for service and it has now been revealed that it will make its public debut over … Continue reading

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