Monthly Archives: March 2017

In Pictures: Summer sunshine for Winter Gold in Blackpool

The latest Gold operating weekend for Blackpool’s heritage trams took place on the weekend of 25th & 26th March. Although billed as a ‘Winter Gold’ event, this actually took place a few days after spring had officially started, whilst the … Continue reading

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Delays in “Saving Volks” project likely to see no service this summer

The Volks Electric Railway looks set to miss it first summer season since 1948 following delays to the “Saving Volks” Lottery funded project. a previously unknown – but live – gas supply was found during the demolition of the car … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams – just because

A system which we haven’t featured pictorially for a while is Edinburgh Trams so, with thanks to John Hampton, we bring you a small selection of photos showing the line it its full glory doing just what it was designed … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Track machine at Shaw & Crompton

Recently spotted stabled in the bay platform at Shaw & Crompton has been a VolkerRail Tamper Machine. The machine is currently on Metrolink metals for use during regular maintenance work with Manchester Metrolink not actually possessing their own equipment to … Continue reading

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See behind the scenes at the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway

Behind the scenes tours at the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway stables will again be taking place in 2017 with the first tours due on the first day of the season – Saturday 8th April (only just over a week away!). … Continue reading

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Tram Driving Experience Day at Black Country Living Museum

The latest heritage tramway in the UK to offer a Tram Driving Experience Day is the Black County Living Museum although if you want to get your hands on a 3’6” gauge tram you will have to be quick as … Continue reading

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Unusual destinations on Metrolink

With the Second City Crossing now firmly established as part of the Manchester Metrolink network you would think that the system would cease to surprise but on Sunday 26th March planned engineering works and the unsafe building on Drake Street, … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 721

Its time for another trip to the northwest coast and the Blackpool Tramway for this instalment of Picture in Time. This time around we feature Blackpool Balloon Car 721 in 2005 at which time it was carrying an all over … Continue reading

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Event Preview: MTMS 50 at Heaton Park Tramway **updated**

Sunday 2nd April will see a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Manchester Transport Museum Society at the Heaton Park Tramway with up to four trams hoped to be in service alongside a selection of currently stored trams on … Continue reading

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Bolton 66 commemorates 70th anniversary of end of Bolton Corporation Tramways

On 29th March 1947 it was the end of an era in Bolton when the last trams ran following 67 years of loyal service to the town. Who could have thought that fast forwarding 70 years and there would be … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trams records busiest ever day

Saturday 25th February proved to be the busiest day yet on Edinburgh Trams with just over 28,000 passenger journeys being made. This day saw the Scotland v Wales Rigby Unio Six Nations match at Murrayfield – the stadium has a … Continue reading

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Supertram 109 derailed on Herdings Park route

Stagecoach Supertram 109 suffered a minor derailment on Thursday 23rd March whilst it was on the short branch to Herdings Park. Reports have suggested that it was derailed as a result of a concrete block and some ballast being placed … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Service Changes: Sunday 2nd April

There will be track maintenance work affecting Manchester Metrolink services on Sunday 2nd April; this time the work will be in the City Centre and will mean that the first time since the Second City Crossing opened services between Bury … Continue reading

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New exhibition at Crich for 2017

Arms to Armistice is a new exhibition at the Crich Tramway Village – the second in the series of exhibitions to examine how the outbreak of the First World War affected the tramways of Britain. This exhibition looks at the … Continue reading

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Upcoming Supertram service changes

The next week will see Stagecoach Supertram services amended on two occasions with replacement buses in use to cover for affected sections.

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Two new substations for Metrolink

Two new substations are about to be installed on Manchester Metrolink to provide additional power and resilience across the network and enabling more trams to run. The substations will be built in the Park and Ride sites at Brooklands and … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Modern Electric Tramways 6

Another black and white photo today in the Picture in Time series as we are back on the south coast at the Modern Electric Tramways operation in Eastbourne.

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In Pictures: A normal day at Crich

The Crich Tramway Village opens daily between March and November every year but we tend to only feature it when there is a special event with other vehicles on site or an intensive tram service in operation. But for most … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We have another Photo Gallery for you this week as part of our main site update:

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Burton & Ashby 14 carries passengers in UK for first time in 90 years

Whilst most of the attention in UK tram preservation in 2017 has been directed towards Blackpool trams or trams to be restored in Blackpool one of the most ambitious projects in recent years has come to a conclusion with Burton … Continue reading

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