Monthly Archives: January 2016

Edinburgh Trams to offer ScotRail passengers during disruption

Edinburgh Trams have come to an agreement with ScotRail which will mean at times of disruption on the rail network ticket holders will be able to travel on the tram network free of charge. The tram currently serves the stations … Continue reading

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Smartcards launched on Midland Metro

You can now pay to travel on Midland Metro services using the new Swift Pay As You Go card. The smartcard is cheaper way to buy day tickets and single fares and can be used just the same as cash … Continue reading

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Douglas Horse Tramway to close

In a shock announcement Douglas Borough Council have revealed that the Douglas Horse Tramway is to close with immediate effect due to “the increased financial burden on Douglas ratepayers”. The project to merge the horse stables and tramway depot into … Continue reading

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New name for a heritage tram stop

Many readers have probably noticed that for much of 2015, literature regarding the heritage tram operation in Blackpool referred to the North Pier heritage tram stop as North Pier/Tower (or vice versa). This was due to the actual stop being … Continue reading

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Winter warmers(?) for Blackpool’s first heritage days of 2016!

Only a few weeks have passed since the last trams ran back to Blackpool’s Rigby Road depot after the 2015 Santa Specials, but already plans are in place for the first heritage tram running days of 2016. As reported previously, … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Ex-Towing Railcoach 678

The subject of the latest edition of Picture in Time is one of three Twin Motor Cars which were never permanently coupled to their trailers – 678.

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And the winners are

After seven weeks of voting the results are in for the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2015 contest although to be honest contest was hardly the word with the outcome pretty certain from the first week of voting … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We don’t have a huge amount for you this week but we have had a little bit of a tidy up of the site…

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2530

The very first tram delivered for Croydon Tramlink is the latest to feature in our archive series “Picture in Time” with a view of 2530 during the testing process during August 1999.

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Lytham 43 is Blackpool-bound!

2016 is just a few weeks old but already there is some very exciting news from the Blackpool Heritage Trust about a new addition to their collection of historic tramcars. As reported last year, the owner of Lytham 43 has … Continue reading

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Cars drive onto Metrolink tracks four times in a week

It is silly season in Manchester with four cars driving onto Metrolink tracks on various parts of the network in the past week causing disruption and leading to the almost unprecedented step of Transport for Greater Manchester releasing a statement … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Douglas 27

As we featured the Santa Specials on the Douglas Horse Tramway yesterday evening it seems rather apt from today’s Picture in Time image comes from that very tramway with a view of regular wet weather tram no. 27 on 26th … Continue reading

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Change in colours on two tramways

2016 has started with a change in livery for two trams at different ends of the country with the removal of advertising vinyls in Croydon but in Manchester it is the application of a full vinyl wrap livery which is … Continue reading

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Douglas Horse Tramway prepares for 140th anniversary

2016 marks the 140th anniversary of the Douglas Horse Tramway with preparations already underway to suitability celebrate this key anniversary – and despite doubts over the past few years it has been confirmed that a horse tram service will continue … Continue reading

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Volks Electric Railway is in the way – apparently

It has been running along Brighton seafront since 1883 and has become a major tourist attraction in its own right but according to a “leading architect” the Volks Electric Railway is “in the way” and needs to be moved to … Continue reading

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Birkenhead to celebrate 21 years in 2016

1995 saw a new concept of tramway open in the UK with the first new build permanent heritage tramway outside of a museum opening and now 21 years later the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway are set to mark the occasion with … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Fleetwood Box 40 on tour

We reported at the end of last week about the first Private Hire of 2016 on the Blackpool Tramway with Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 operating a tour on behalf of the Friends of 40 and now with thanks to … Continue reading

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Flooding hits Metrolink over Christmas

Manchester Metrolink services were severely hit by flooding shortly after Christmas with Boxing Day seeing alterations to trams on the Bury and Rochdale lines. The dreadful weather experienced in the north of the country at the end of 2015 saw … Continue reading

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Expanded events programme for Crich in 2016

Crich Tramway Village have revealed an expanded programme of special events to be held during 2016. Although few of these will be of much direct interest to tram enthusiasts, hopefully more events will ensure that the year ahead is a … Continue reading

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Balloon cars on standby for snow

Not previously reported on British Trams Online is the temporary addition of snowploughs to two members of the Blackpool heritage tram fleet – Balloon cars 701 and 723. With a lack of other suitable candidates for the role this duo … Continue reading

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