Monthly Archives: September 2016

Taking coals to Newcastle…

Well a Coal Tram to Beamish anyway! The latest acquisition for the tram fleet at Beamish – Oporto Coal Tram C65 – has now arrived at its new home following its transfer from Crich. C65 was spotted outside the depot … Continue reading

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Metrolink suspended after storm

Tuesday 13th September was a bad night for Manchester Metrolink following a major storm which saw lightning strikes on two substations and flooding in the city centre. At one stage all lines were completely suspended but as the evening progressed … Continue reading

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Consultation launched on future of Supertram

The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) are to launch a consultation on the future of the Supertram network from 19th September to “help shape long-term plans for the system”. It is hoped to find out what people think of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 3119 enters service in Manchester

Whilst we still await the delivery of the last of current order of Manchester Metrolink M5000’s the penultimate arrival – 3119 – has now entered service. The tram was first noted in passenger use on Wednesday 14th September running on … Continue reading

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Bull Street to be Metro terminus for Birmingham BikeFest

All Midland Metro services until 1800 on Sunday 18th September from Wolverhampton St George’s will terminate at Bull Street due to the Birmingham BikeFest taking place in the city. The 2km family bike ride will see a number of roads … Continue reading

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British Trams Online Statement

It will probably not have escaped your notice that over the past week or so there have a few controversies regarding some of the news stories which have appeared on this website especially in regard to the Heaton Park Tramway. … Continue reading

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Oporto C65 stars at Tram Day

Over the past few years the main enthusiast event at Crich has given us on loan trams and trams displayed outside from the on site collection but for 2016 Tram Day – as it has now been christened – a … Continue reading

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All track now in place for Second City Crossing

This week has seen a major milestone in the construction of Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing with the last of the track now having been laid. It is anticipated that all other major civil engineering works – including the installation … Continue reading

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Oporto coal tram on the road again

Less than a week after it arrived at Crich Tramway Village for the first time ever, Oporto C65 left Crich for good early on the afternoon of Monday 12th September. The coal tram is bound for Beamish Museum, having been … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Illuminated Rocket 732

With the Illuminations now in full light in Blackpool it seems an opportune moment to return to the north west coast for another view from the archives of one of the Illuminated Feature Cars. This time it is the distinctive … Continue reading

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Heaton Park’s winter work forces three month closure

The Heaton Park Tramway have an ambitious workshop programme planned for winter 2016/17 and beyond, and to allow the scarce volunteer resources to be focussed accordingly, it has been decided not to operate a tram service this winter. This also … Continue reading

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Amended schedule for Crich ‘Tram Day’

With a fairly depressing weather forecast, organisers of the ‘Tram Day’ at Crich on Saturday 10th September have made a few tweaks to the previously advertised programme of events. The main photographic line-ups will still take place as planned, although … Continue reading

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In Pictures: What to do with a mock-up tram?

When Edinburgh Trams was being constructed a mock-up tram was displayed in the city centre to show would be passengers what they would soon be enjoying. Once the construction was finally completed and real working trams were in the city … Continue reading

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Midland Metro Alliance appoint Director

Midland Metro Alliance – the body set-up to oversee the expansion of Midland Metro – has appointed a new Director. Alejandro Moreno, currently Managing Director for Scandinavia for Colas Rail, is the man who has been tasked with leading this … Continue reading

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Douglas horse trams on the move!

The first two of the recently sold Douglas horse trams have now left their home system, following the recent auction to sell off six redundant tramcars. Both 33 and 34 have already left Strathallan depot, although both are set to … Continue reading

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Heaton Park trams star at Trans Lanc Rally

The annual Trans Lanc Rally day, staged by the Greater Manchester Museum of Transport, sees a huge array of historic vehicles displayed in the vast grounds of Manchester’s Heaton Park. To compliment the event, an enhanced tram service operates through … Continue reading

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Tram passenger injured following car v tram collision

A passenger on board a tram was taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a tram on Wilford Lane. Eyewitness reports suggest the car drove into the side of the tram at approximately 1400 on Monday 5th … Continue reading

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Oporto C65 gets ready for the weekend

As previously reported, Oporto C65 – a coal tram – is set to be the star attraction at ‘Tram Day’, the main annual enthusiast event being held at Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 10th September. The tramcar has now arrived … Continue reading

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Let there be light!

As most seaside resorts see their custom decrease, Blackpool steps up a gear for the annual illuminations. After the preview event a few days earlier, this year’s ‘lights’ were officially switched on by Dame Barbara Windsor on Friday 2nd September, … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Manx Electric Railway 33

Our latest visit to the archives sees us arrive on the Isle of Man once again; this time the year is 1998 and we find ourselves on the Isle of Man Steam Railway but don’t let that location put you … Continue reading

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