Monthly Archives: October 2016

Boat 236 gets stripped

When Blackpool ‘Boat’ car 236 was overhauled for operation at Crich Tramway Village, a thorough restoration was undertaken to return the tram to its 1950s appearance without end windscreens, and with its festoon lights later being added. However, one other … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Glasgow 22 continues testing at Crich

Glasgow 22 is approaching a return to service at Crich with extensive test running taking place before it can be cleared to rejoin the operational fleet. 22 last ran in service at the end of the 2014 season at which … Continue reading

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Works coming to an end on the Second City Crossing

Work on constructing Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing (2CC) is coming to an end with the majority of works set to be completed in time for Manchester’s famous Christmas markets. To this end there will be some changes for traffic … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Service Change: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October

Improvement works on the Altrincham line will see changes to Manchester Metrolink services throughout the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October. The Altrincham line is closed in its entirety with no services from East Didsbury, Manchester Airport or … Continue reading

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399 206 arrives in Sheffield

The sixth of seven Citylink tram-trains for Stagecoach Supertram has now arrived in Sheffield. 399 206 was delivered to Nunnery Square Depot late on Monday 17th October following transportation from Stadler’s Valencia plant. The vehicle has now been unloaded and … Continue reading

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Metrolink goes gold

Manchester Metrolink M5000 3091 has gone gold in celebration of Team GB’s golden summer at the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games. The tram has received a special vinyl wrap livery – mainly avoiding the windows – as part of … Continue reading

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Preserved trams to run at Fleetwood docks?

The Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust are now reaching an advanced stage of planning a new visitor attraction in Fleetwood, as part of a major redevelopment of the town’s docks. Associated British Ports have confirmed their own plans and now the … Continue reading

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Big cash boost for Beamish Museum

There is a lot of celebrating going on at Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, following the announcement that the museum had received a £10.9 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This successful bid will enable significant strides … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We bring you another three Photo Galleries as part of our latest main site update:

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From Rigby Road to a Rugby school

The new home of Blackpool Centenary car 643 has now been revealed, with the tram arriving at Brooke School in Rugby, which will presumably be its final destination. The tram has been undergoing an interior refurbishment at a railway maintenance … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Western Train 733+734

We take another look at Blackpool’s Illuminated tram fleet in our latest visit to the archive with a view of the Western Train 733+734 back in October 1962.

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It’s a yes for Trafford Park

Just when it looked as Metrolink construction work was coming to an end comes the news that the UK’s largest tramway network is to expand even further with full government approval now given to the Trafford Park line. Chris Grayling, … Continue reading

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London County Council 106 loan recognised at Derbyshire Heritage Awards

The loan of London County Council 106 from the Crich Tramway Village to the East Anglia Transport Museum – the first time a tram from the national collection has run at Carlton Colville and the first short-term loan of a … Continue reading

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£1 million donated to Seaton Tramway

The widow of former Seaton Tramway Chairman Trevor Shears has pledged to donate £1million to the tramway towards the redevelopment of the Seaton terminus. Lyn Shears will be giving the money over several instalments to help fulfil one of Mr … Continue reading

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2565 completes Tramlink Stadler order

Sunday 9th October saw the twelfth Stadler Variobahn arrive at London Tramlink’s Therapia Lane Depot completing the order (for a third time!). 2565 was delivered during the morning and was unloaded and moved into the workshops where it will now … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Steampunk at Crich

It was Steampunk Day at Crich on Saturday 8th October, a day which also marked the exact 56th anniversary since the last original tram ran in Sheffield. The actual event saw Steampunks – who aim to take the very best … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 17 finally enters service on Midland Metro

Having been in the UK for almost three years the oldest Urbos 3 has finally entered service on Midland Metro. 17 was used in passenger service for the very first time as one of the evening peak extras on Tuesday … Continue reading

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A new advert on Manchester Metrolink

After a short period of livery uniformity another M5000 has now received advertising vinyls on Manchester Metrolink. 3117 is the latest tram to be covered in a vinyl wrap with the sponsor being Manchester College, and yes it does feature … Continue reading

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Blackpool Brush 636 on the move again

Blackpool Brush Railcoach 636 has been on the move again with it returning to Stored Energy Technology in Derby having spent the past couple of months at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway where it has been used for testing. The return … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Sheffield tram-train project work continues

It may seem to be the project which has been progressing at a snail’s pace but work is underway on the necessary construction work needed for the introduction of the Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train service which it is hoped may … Continue reading

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