Monthly Archives: December 2015

Preserved Blackpool trams to move again?

The majority of the historic Blackpool tramcars owned by the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust, along with a number of privately owned trams purchased from the aborted Merseytravel scheme, are currently stored outside in a secure compound at Fleetwood’s docks. However, … Continue reading

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More milestones for Sheffield 264 at Beamish

After making its first tentative moves under power for several years, the near-complete Sheffield 264 has now begun an intensive programme of test running at Beamish Museum. The tram has been undergoing a major overhaul for the past few years … Continue reading

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Metrolink 3109 delivered to Queens Road

On Saturday 12th December Manchester Metrolink welcomed the latest Bombardier built M5000 to Queens Road Depot with the delivery of 3109 in the usual lunchtime slot. As with all previous deliveries the tram arrived in the UK at Hull Docks … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Stagecoach Supertram 120 in service

As we have already reported the “new” Stagecoach Supertram 120 is now in service following the completion of collision damage repairs in the Nunnery Square Depot workshops. The no, 2 end of the tram is the section which has been … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2537

We are off to Croydon for today’s Picture in Time image which shows 2537 on the town centre loop ahead of the public opening of the system.

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Sheffield 264 is back on track!

Another milestone in the major overhaul of the Preston tramcar Sheffield 264 at Beamish Museum has now occurred, with the tram making its first tentative moves under power since restoration work began on 10th December. However, an even greater moment … Continue reading

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Variobahn 2562 enters service on Tramlink

Two of the second batch of Stadler Variobahn’s are now in service on London Tramlink following the release into the operating fleet of 2562 which has been in Croydon since 11th October. 2562 was first used in service on Thursday … Continue reading

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First tram train officially unveiled

Some 10 days after arriving in South Yorkshire the UK’s very first tram train has been officially unveiled at Stagecoach Supertram’s Nunnery Square Depot with local and national politicians on hand to see just what all the fuss is about. … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway 7 on show

Sadly the Llandudno Christmas Parade, due to take place on Saturday 5th December, was cancelled due to the poor weather on Police advice which meant that Llandudno & Colwyn Bay Electric Railway 7 was all dressed up with nowhere to … Continue reading

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MER model on sale now

If you are still looking for Christmas present ideas for the tram enthusiast in your life then look no further as a new model of Manx Electric Railway Winter Saloon 21 is now available directly from Isle of Man Railways … Continue reading

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Metrolink driver fined for not driving with due care and attention

A driver on Manchester Metrolink was this week fined £526 (including costs) after admitting to a charge of driving without due care and attention earlier this year. The charge related to an incident on 14th May when a tram struck … Continue reading

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120 re-enters service and the Purple route is back

The tram shortage being suffered on Stagecoach Supertram has abated slightly with the return of the “new” 120 into service after the completion of repairs following the collision at Shalesmoor in October. The re-entry into service of 120 means that … Continue reading

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NET Citadis 224 named

The number of Citadis trams running on Nottingham Express Transit without a name continues to fall with the latest to have received a name being 224. On Wednesday 9th December 224 received the name Vicky McClure after the Wollatton born … Continue reading

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Santa Claus is coming to the tramways!

As is the norm for this time of year, Father Christmas has been very busy not only preparing presents for the big day itself, but also meeting youngsters at various tramways across the UK. As well as the previously advertised … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Ex-Towing Railcoach 679

It’s another visit to Blackpool for the latest tram to feature as part of the Picture in Time series with an image of Blackpool Ex-Towing Railcoach 679 in 1993.

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Extensions open in Birmingham and Manchester

Sunday 6th December was another historic day for UK tramways with both Manchester Metrolink and Midland Metro opening short extensions on the same day – and the best bit of this is that this is just the start of the … Continue reading

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Tramlink welcomes 2563 to town

Early on Sunday 6th December another low loader with a tram on the back arrived at its new home. This time the lucky recipients were London Tramlink with 2563 the tram being delivered to their Therapia Lane Depot.

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This week on British Trams Online

More photos for you this week plus updates to some Fleet Lists and the Events Diary…

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Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1017

Manchester Metrolink T68 1017 is the latest tram to feature in our Picture in Time series as we take a look at the tram in 1992 at Altrincham.

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Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours get bigger and better for 2016!

After a hugely successful 2015, the Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours team have already planned for an even more ambitious operating schedule next year! After a few years of cutbacks and a general air of uncertainty, 2015 has been a massive … Continue reading

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