Monthly Archives: January 2016

Picture in Time: Midland Metro 05

We are heading back almost 15 years for the latest instalment of Picture in Time with an image from August 2001 of Midland Metro T69 05 whilst it was still carrying the original fleet livery.

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Track replacement work at Lace Market in February

Track replacement works are set to disrupt Nottingham Express Transit services between Friday 12th and Sunday 14th February with the track at Lace Market scheduled for replacement after 12 years of extensive use. This section of track boasts one of … Continue reading

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Preparatory works to start in May for Wolverhampton Metro extension?

Utility diversion work on the route of the Wolverhampton City Centre Midland Metro extension through to the Railway Station look set to start in May – providing that the Transport and Works Act Order is approved by the government. Exact … Continue reading

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Brush Railcoach 634 will return to Blackpool!

The Blackpool Heritage Trust have announced that preserved Blackpool Brush Railcoach 634 will shortly be coming home, after its owner very generously agreed to donate the tram to the Trust. 634 was amongst the first trams to depart on the … Continue reading

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Balloons and blinds – Blackpool prepare for the new heritage season

We may be in the depths of winter but that doesn’t mean things are quiet in Blackpool – in fact, preparations are now well underway for the first ever heritage ‘winter gold’ event on 30th & 31st January. As reported … Continue reading

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Is there a future for the Douglas Horse Tramway after all?

After several days of recriminations and debate in the media and amongst politicians on the Isle of Man it has now been announced that ongoing discussions are looking at the possibility of running a service on the Douglas Horse Tramway … Continue reading

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2016 Crich operating fleet revealed

With preparations now well underway for another operating season at the Crich Tramway Village we are delighted to be able to bring you news of which trams will be forming the operational pool in 2016. 17 electric passenger trams will … Continue reading

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Trams arrive and re-arrive

Both Manchester Metrolink and London Tramlink have seen their stock of trams increase again with the latter now having a full fleet in town following the return of accident damaged 2556 whilst Metrolink is now only waiting delivery of 10 … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Urbos 3 36 enters service

A piece of news which didn’t get reported at the time was the entry into service of Urbos 3 36 on Midland Metro during late December. This means that 19 of the 21 of these Spanish built trams have now … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink celebrates the Chinese New Year

The latest window vinyls to be adorned on Manchester Metrolink trams are to celebrate the Chinese New Year which this year takes place on Monday 8th February. Unlike the Christmas vinyls added late last year these are less obtrusive and … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Douglas Horse Tramway 1

Following on from last week’s news about the permanent closure of the Douglas Horse Tramway (although there may be a more positive outlook now – see news story above) there could only be one tramway we featured in Picture in … Continue reading

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Lytham 43 lands at Rigby Road

Lytham 43 has become the latest tram to join the growing collection of historic rolling stock based on the Blackpool tramway, when it was delivered to Rigby Road depot on the afternoon of Sunday 24th January. This follows the previous … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Our first new Photos of the year are the main addition to the website this week:

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In Pictures: Birmingham City Centre extension progress

With the first stage of the Midland Metro Birmingham City Centre extension as far as Bull Street having opened in December attention and anticipation has now turned towards the remainder of the line through to New Street Station. Construction works … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1022

Today’s Picture in Time heads back to UK’s largest modern tram system, Manchester Metrolink, and the tram we feature is T68 1022 with a trio of images from the very first day of cross-city on street operations – 27th April … Continue reading

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No Government takeover for Douglas Horse Tramway

As the fallout from the decision last night of Douglas Borough Council to axe the horse tram service with immediate effect continues one hope of enthusiasts has been dashed with the Manx Government confirming they currently have no plans to … Continue reading

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Heaton Park reveal 2015 operating statistics

The Heaton Park Tramway – the UK’s only truly preserved tramway – have announced their operating statistics for 2015 which saw 5,7000 passengers carried on the half mile running line from the Middleton Road gates to Lakeside.

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Let it snow! The white stuff hits Metrolink

The first snowfall of the winter arrived in time for some picturesque shots of Manchester Metrolink on Sunday 17th January. Although only a light dusting fell on Greater Manchester causing no real issues for Metrolink services Steve Kemp was out … Continue reading

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More controversy as Edinburgh Trams inquiry bill reaches £2 million

There have been calls from politicians for the Edinburgh Trams inquiry to be scrapped following news that £2.1 million has already been spent on the inquiry – even before a single witness has been called in front of Lord Hardie. … Continue reading

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Car hits tram in Oldham

Manchester Metrolink services were suspended between Oldham Mumps and Newton Heath and Moston for just over an hour on Wednesday 20th January following a collision between a car and a tram on West Street in Oldham. The car struck 3011 … Continue reading

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