Monthly Archives: March 2016

Snaefell Mountain Railway no. 3 destroyed after runaway

In one of the most serious incidents on any tramway in the British Isles in recent years Snaefell Mountain Railway no. 3 has been destroyed after running away from the Summit and derailing at Bungalow. Fortunately no staff or passengers … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 622

The Picture in Time machine ends up in Blackpool again for our latest image with the year being 1974 and the tram Brush Railcoach 622.

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Marton 31 debuts on Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours **updated with photos**

Three of the established and popular ‘Gold’ running days on the Blackpool tramway were operated by the heritage tram fleet over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Twelve different trams were used on this service with seven cars rostered to operate … Continue reading

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Preston Tram planning application resubmitted

Plans for the return of trams to Preston are once again on the table following the recent resubmission of a planning application for the start of the GUILD line with the hope that a final decision will be made at … Continue reading

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New fares on the way for Edinburgh Trams

Sunday 10th April will see the introduction of new fares for Edinburgh Trams with increase in the cost as well as a new City Zone return ticket. These fare increases are said to be necessary to allow for service improvements … Continue reading

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Video in Time: Crich in the 1960s Part 2

Last week we brought you an extra treat in the form of the very first Video in Time and now after requests for more (well one request but that’s good enough for us!) we bring you a second part of … Continue reading

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Bang, bang! Car v tram in both Manchester and Wolverhampton

Easter Sunday went with a bang on both Manchester Metrolink and Midland Metro with two tram versus car incidents although thankfully in both cases no serious injuries were reported.

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An Easter resurrection **updated**

The Easter 1940s event at the Crich Tramway Village is traditionally one of the more popular special events at the museum and also provides the first chance for an intensive tram service to run for the year and the 2016 … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online – & an appeal

There isn’t a huge amount added to the website this week but we have been continuing our spring cleaning on the Fleet Lists section and there is also the addition of a Picture of the Week photos archive:

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2545

Back to a still image for today’s Picture in Time as we head to Croydon for a view of one of the original trams during the testing and commissioning process in 1999.

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A very good Friday for Blackpool!

The Easter weekend got off to a fantastic start in Blackpool on Good Friday, 25th March with a ‘bonus’ heritage tram service operating. Although unfortunately it was decided not to run a gold timetable on this Bank Holiday, a few … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New Birmingham Snow Hill stop opens

Good Friday, 25th March, saw the temporary opening of a new stop on Midland Metro with the newly located Birmingham Snow Hill stop welcoming its first passengers. With further preparation works for the opening of the extension through to New … Continue reading

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Stadler 2563 enters service **Updated with photo**

The last of the second batch of London Tramlink’s Stadler Variobahns – 2563 – has now entered service. The tram, which was delivered to Croydon on 6th December 2015, was used in revenue earning service for the first time on … Continue reading

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Norbreck North opens for business!

Blackpool’s newest tram stop opened to passengers on Tuesday 22nd March – Norbreck North. This was one of the many stops from the old system which were not retained when the tramway was upgraded to light rail standards, however a … Continue reading

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Blackpool Council progress plans for North Station extension

Whilst a lot of excitement when it comes to the Blackpool Tramway tends to be concentrated on the heritage operations behind the scenes progress has been continuing on the proposed extension of the tramway up Talbot Road to Blackpool North … Continue reading

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Southport Pier tram removed

The chances of the Southport Pier Tramway being resurrected in the future now seems to be over with the articulated tram – introduced onto the line in 2005 – having this week being removed from the Pier with the Council … Continue reading

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Blackpool gets ready for Easter

This Easter weekend sees the return of the Gold timetable for Blackpool’s Heritage Tram Tours between Saturday 26th and Monday 28th March and there is also a bonus heritage service on Friday 25th March – including evening runs to Fleetwood.

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First volume of new Regional Tramways book series released

The first volume of a new book series that will cover the history of tramway operations in the British Isles has just been released. This first book concentrates on Yorkshire and North East England and is written by established author … Continue reading

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Metrolink 2CC continues to progress

Work on bringing the vital Second City Crossing (2CC) on Manchester Metrolink to life is continuing ahead of its opening in 2017 with tram tracks now in place along Cross Street between King Street and the junction with Princess Street … Continue reading

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Metrolink delays after train derailment

Manchester Metrolink services to Bury were suspended for a day after the derailment of a Network Rail weed killing train on the connection between the Metrolink network and the East Lancashire Railway. The derailment happened at approximately 1030 on Tuesday … Continue reading

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