Monthly Archives: November 2017

Blackpool North Station extension given go-ahead

The final hoop has been jumped through, the extension of the Blackpool Tramway to Blackpool North railway station has been given approval by the Secretary of State for Transport. Which is probably just as well considering preparatory works started earlier … Continue reading

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More double trams for Altrincham and Bury lines

One of the big complaints on Manchester Metrolink is the overcrowding seen on peak time servcies and in order to try and combat this more double trams are being introduced on the Altrincham and Bury lines. Two doubles are already … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 708

For our final instalment of Picture in Time for 2017 we are heading back to Blackpool for a typical 1980s image of a tram running along Lord Street.

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More tram shunting and a new roof at Crich

Progress on the main depot refurbishment project at Crich Tramway Village has been brisk, with replacement of the roof of more than one third of the main running sheds already completed. Depot 2 (covering roads 4, 5 & 6) has … Continue reading

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First tram runs along Bilston Road since June!

The sight of trams running along Bilston Road is set to become a regular feature once again with the track relaying project rapidly approaching a conclusion. The road will be reopened to traffic from Saturday 2nd December after which time … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Snaefell Mountain Railway 2

In this edition of Picture in Time we are back on the Isle of Man for an image from the Snaefell Mountain Railway in 1992.

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In Pictures: A Brush car bonanza!

The last major event of the year celebrating the 80th anniversary of Blackpool’s Brush cars took place on the final ‘Gold’ operating day of 2017 for the heritage trams, with all operational members of the class participating in a short … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Nearly there on Bilston Road!

After over five months of disruption the end is now very much in sight on the track replacement project along Bilston Road with just a few final pieces of the jigsaw to be completed before the road is fully reopened … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Citylinks carry on with training

Although the Citylink tram-trains have now entered service in Sheffield, with examples now having run on the Purple, Blue and Yellow routes, there is still some training on going to bring more drivers up to standard on the new order … Continue reading

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Nominations now open for Tram of the Year

With December on the horizon it is that time of the year once again when we start to look back on the year to see which trams, tramways and events have stood out from the crowd enough to be crowned … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We have more photos for you this week as we add two all new galleries plus add a few more photos to an existing collection:

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Picture in Time: Dublin Luas 3003

Making its debut in the Picture in Time series in this edition we travel to Dublin for an image taken during 2004 of one of the Alstom Citadis trams, before they were lengthened.

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Luas Cross City line to open 9th December

The much anticipated Cross City line on Dublin’s Luas network will open to the public at 1400 on Saturday 9th December. The 5.9km extension has been under construction since June 2013 and will, for the first time, provide an interchange … Continue reading

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Disruptions to trams and buses in Blackpool

With the off-peak winter season now in full swing on the Blackpool tramway, some signs of disruption have started to appear. This has also extended to road traffic, as preparations for the much-anticipated extension of the tramway up Talbot Road … Continue reading

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Hole in the wall at Crich

As part of the current depot refurbishment work taking place at Crich Tramway Village, a large hole has recently appeared in the back wall of Depot 2. Whilst this part of the main running sheds is completely devoid of trams, … Continue reading

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Record breaking year for Isle of Man Railways

Despite a year that might be described as difficult especially in respect of the Snaefell Mountain Railway, Isle of Man Transport have announced that 2017 saw record passenger numbers carried across the four railways and tramways they operate. The Isle … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Brush 625

With the 80th anniversary year of the Blackpool Brush Railcoach starting to come to an end we take a look at another of the surviving class members in our latest delve into the archives. This time around we land in … Continue reading

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In Pictures: The other side of Edinburgh 276 – Hogmanay

A few days ago we featured the latest adverts to be carried on a tram in Edinburgh with 276 receiving vinyls for Christmas 2017. However, that was just one side of the tram as on the other side the advert … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Excellent progress on Bilston Road works

With work on replacing the track along Bilston Road now approaching an end – the road is due to be opened to the public again from Saturday 2nd December with a hoped for return of trams 10 days later – … Continue reading

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More preparations for Blackpool Brush 298 restoration

Whilst the events being held in Blackpool this year to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the town’s Brush Railcoach class have been greatly enjoyed, one thing that has definitely been missed is a Brush car in original ‘Art Deco’ condition. … Continue reading

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