Monthly Archives: October 2017

In Pictures: Supertram gets its poppies

Poppies are starting to appear on the cab ends of trams on Stagecoach Supertram as part of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal. Each year in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday many UK tramways so adorn their trams … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Manx Electric Railway 2

In this edition of Picture in Time we are on the Isle of Man as we take a look at one of the “oldest trams in the world” in action over 24 years ago.

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Aberdeen 54 sold at auction

Aberdeen 54 has been sold at auction with the remains of the tram body purchased for £500, which considering the poor condition of the remaining parts of the lower saloon was a high price to pay.

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More ambitious plans for Preston

Preston and modern trams is a story which keeps coming and this week in order to prove a point about how trams can run in the Lancashire city the Trampower group hired a bendy bus to go along proposed routes … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A windy day in Dudley

It isn’t just operating tramways who have trouble in the wind! On Sunday 22nd October the tram service was suspended at the Black Country Living Museum because of fears that the wind would dewire the tram and cause it to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Speed restrictions in Blackpool

Coming less than a week after the previous storm, Brian made its presence felt over the weekend of 21st/22nd October although the damage caused and disruption to tramways was nowhere as near severe as that caused by Ophelia. In Blackpool … Continue reading

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First phase of Trafford Park Metrolink works completed

The first phase of highway works for the extension of Manchester Metrolink to Trafford Park have been completed – in plenty of time for Christmas so that those visiting the Trafford Centre aren’t badly affected. A temporary road layout has … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Docklands Light Railway 05

In this edition of Picture in Time we find ourselves in the capital for an image from the Docklands Light Railway of one of the original trains, 05 in 1994

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Service cuts on the way for Supertram

A new timetable is to be introduced on Stagecoach Supertram from Sunday 28th January 2018 but instead of the usual service enhancement you expect from a new timetable this will see fewer trams run each hour off-peak on the Blue … Continue reading

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Tramlink drivers to strike

ASLEF drivers on London Tramlink are to go on two 24 hour strikes in November and December as the dispute over safety escalates. Ever since last year’s tragic derailment at Sandilands new ways to prevent similar incidents in the future … Continue reading

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Overhead problems for NET

Services on Nottingham Express Transit were disrupted on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October due to an overhead line fault. The fault was first reported at approximately 1700 on the Saturday and was affecting the section between Highbury Vale and … Continue reading

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More service diversions on Metrolink

This weekend (28th and 29th October) will see more services diverted on Manchester Metrolink with the Second City Crossing (2CC) this time being closed throughout the weekend meaning that services will instead by diverted via the original city crossing. There … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Car breaks down causing delays in Edinburgh

Wednesday 25th October saw disruption on Edinburgh Trams after a car broke down across both lines on the city side of Haymarket. The car broke down at the start of rush hour and saw services unable to get into the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Bilston Road works continue

In less than two months a full service should once again be running on Midland Metro once the track relaying is completed along Bilston Road. As the weeks go on further progress is evident with more new track now down … Continue reading

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Late night trams for Edinburgh Trams

Showing just how crucial Edinburgh Trams has become to transporting people around the area a late night service will run on Saturday 28th October with the last trams not leaving the city centre until shortly before 0100 (on Sunday 29th … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Ipswich 33

One tram which is rarely featured on these pages is Ipswich 33 which can appropriately be found at the Ipswich Transport Museum on static display. But we will remedy that today as we include a recent image of the tram … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 623

In their 80th anniversary year we are featuring another of Blackpool’s Brush Railcoaches in Picture in Time today. This time around the tram in question is 623 – which has been enjoying a holiday back home in 2017 but we … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Citylink tram-trains in service

The Citylink tram-trains are now starting to see regular use on the standard Stagecoach Supertram system with the Purple route often being operated by these vehicles. In this “In Pictures” article we take a look at two of the Citylink … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Enhanced heritage service on 22nd October

Blackpool’s heritage trams have been kept even busier than usual, with an increased vehicle output to coincide with the school half-term holidays. A daily heritage promenade service has been operating in afternoons, with extra trams being used at weekends – … Continue reading

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More Blackpool trams receive ‘heritage’ destination blinds

Peter Watts has been busy again, providing a set of brand new, traditional-styled destination blinds for two further trams in Blackpool’s operational heritage fleet. The latest beneficiaries of his blinds are Fleetwood Box 40 and Balloon 717.

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