Monthly Archives: August 2016

Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 632

We are off to Blackpool in 1973 for today’s Picture in Time as we take a look at Blackpool Brush Railcoach 632.

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New Midland Metro DVD out now

The latest DVD from Bob Hodges Transport DVDs is out now and features 75 minutes of action from Midland Metro, including the latest city centre extensions. As usual there is no commentary to get in the way of the sounds … Continue reading

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In Pictures: T69 16’s name lives on…

The one remaining T69 at Wednesbury Depot is the last to have run in service – 16. 16 was named Gerwyn John in November 2005 but as with all withdrawn T69s it soon had its nameplates removed but it has … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

It may be Tuesday but that doesn’t mean we have forgotten about this week’s main site update as it is now online and includes three more Photo Galleries:

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Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1001

29th August marks the 25th Anniversary of the arrival into the UK of the first of a new generation of trams with Manchester Metrolink’s T68 1001 being delivered on this date in 1991. To mark the occasion our latest edition … Continue reading

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In Pictures: St Peter’s Square reopens after 14 months

After 14 long months a full Manchester Metrolink service is once again running through St Peter’s Square with the transformation works now having progressed sufficiently to allow passengers to board at the all new and expanded stop. The work is … Continue reading

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Metrolink 3098 named Gracie Fields

Throughout their history the original T68 trams on Manchester Metrolink all (eventually) received a name even if this was just as a form of advertising. However since their introduction the M5000s have not been so lucky with only two having … Continue reading

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Going, going, gone! Six horse trams sold – but what now?

The much-discussed auction on Saturday 27th August on the Isle of Man, resulted in the sale of six long-withdrawn Douglas horse tramcars. The six raised a combined total of £9,200 – some would say a rather measly sum considering the … Continue reading

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Horse tram stables put up for sale

The historic Summer Hill stables, home to the trammers of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway since 1877, have been put up for sale by Douglas Borough Council. Although not an unexpected move it is still disappointing that such an historic … Continue reading

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St Peter’s Square to reopen on Sunday 28th August

It has been confirmed – that subject to final testing and commissioning – a full tram service will resume through St Peter’s Square on Sunday 28th August bringing to an end a 14 month closure of the stop. Major rebuilding … Continue reading

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Find out about destination blinds with Peter Watts

On 1st September destination blind guru Peter Watts will be presenting the monthly Fylde Tramway Society meeting at Wing’s Club, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys. Titled A Blind Approach: Blackpool tram blinds from 1960 Peter will be covering not only historical … Continue reading

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Oporto C65 and Bournemouth 85 set to change owners

One of the most elusive trams of the national collection is set to enjoy a rare period in the limelight ahead of a change of ownership. Oporto C65 was acquired by the National Tramway Museum in 2005 but upon transfer … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 21

After a summer break Picture in Time is back! Continuing our current Douglas Bay Horse Tramway theme we head to the Isle of Man for this instalment as we feature one of the Toastracks still plying its trade along the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Chesterfield 7 back in service & Models on display at Crich

This latest pictorial update from Crich features two recent events. Over the weekend of 20th and 21st August there was a Models Weekend which saw a number of layouts on display in the Great Exhibition Hall. Meanwhile as we reported … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Bispham to Fleetwood – the Blackpool Tramway since 1960′

The third and final installment of acclaimed tramway historian Brian Turner’s detailed review of the Blackpool system is finally here, covering the stretch north of Bispham right up to the northern terminus at Fleetwood Ferry. This section of tramway is … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We actually have some updates over on the main site for you this week as we add a couple more Photo Galleries:

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Welcome to 3119 as 3118 enters service on Metrolink

The end of new tram deliveries to Manchester Metrolink is in sight with M5000 3119 arriving at Queen’s Road Depot on Saturday 20th August – leaving just one further tram of the current order to make the trip. On the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink 2CC construction works update

Progress is continuing to be made on the “transformation” works on the Manchester Metrolink Second City Crossing (2CC) as preparations for a return for full services through St Peter’s Square on the original city crossing come to a conclusion. No … Continue reading

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Man dies after being hit by tram

A man in his 50s has died after being hit by a tram close to the David Lane tramstop on the phase one line to Hucknall. The incident happened shortly after 2300 on Monday 15th August and the Police have … Continue reading

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Not long to go – Metrolink getting ready for cross city services once again

For first time in 14 months a full Metrolink service is set to run through St Peter’s Square with the transformation works on the original city crossing coming towards a conclusion. It was the end of June 2015 when the … Continue reading

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