Monthly Archives: March 2018

MER welcomes in 2018

There is no surer sign of the approach of Spring than the start of operating seasons at many of the heritage tramways across the British Isles which enjoy a break over winter. The first of the systems on the Isle … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2540

The capital’s only true tram system operates through Croydon and that is exactly where we find ourselves for this edition of Picture in Time.

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In Pictures: Arena rebranding completed

Back in December we reported about the rebranding of the Supertram stop at Arena – this has now been fully completed both at the stop and on board trams. The stop is now known as Arena / Olympic Legacy Park … Continue reading

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New Luas trams withdrawn from service

The new 55 metre long Luas Citadis trams have been withdrawn from service owing to a “system fault”. So far only two of the seven trams have entered passenger service with their use confined to the morning peak to help … Continue reading

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Liverpool tram to honour Sir Ken Dodd?

The Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society have been seeking input on an idea recently put forward that Liverpool 762 be named after the late Sir Ken Dodd. As well as being a comedy legend, Ken Dodd was also a local boy … Continue reading

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Four shortlisted for Edinburgh Trams extension

Although the final go-ahead hasn’t been given yet work is continuing behind the scenes so that if and when the Council does approve the Edinburgh Trams line to Newhaven it is good to go as soon as possible with four … Continue reading

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NET’s popularity with passengers remains high

A new report has shown that the popularity of Nottingham Express Transit remains high with 98% saying they would recommend the network to friends and family. The survey was conducted by Tramlink Nottingham and took place between 12th May and … Continue reading

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The Hulk stops the Blackpool Tramway!

As bizarre tram based stories go this one probably tops the list! The Incredible Hulk was spotted in Blackpool on Thursday 15th March stopping Blackpool & Fleetwood Box 40 in its tracks! Of course it wasn’t as it may seem … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Bolton 66

We go back a long time in history for this edition of Picture in Time as we see Bolton 66 well before it was restored into an operational tram.

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In Pictures: Midland Metro Birmingham Westside extension construction

The early stages of construction work which will see Midland Metro extended further through Birmingham City Centre via Centenary Square to Edgbaston is continuing with road closures still in place to allow this work to take place. Ken Jones recently … Continue reading

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Good progress made in raising funds for bus for Crich

£12,000 has already been raised by the Tramway Museum Society towards their £65,000 target to be able to purchase the 1913 built Barnsley & District motorbus. As we reported previously this bus – numbered 5 – has been offered to … Continue reading

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Collision on Princes Street

In a week of minor collisions services on Edinburgh Trams were disrupted through the city centre on Tuesday 13th March after a coming together on Princes Street, at the junction of Charlotte Street. The tram – which was 255 – … Continue reading

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Trouble on Eccles line after bus and tram collide

Services on Manchester Metrolink’s Eccles line were suspended between MediaCityUK and Eccles shortly after midday on Monday 12th March after a collision between a bus and a tram near to Langworthy tramstop. The tram involved was M5000 3078 with the … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Brussels 1256

Continuing our trip around the world and today we find ourselves in Brussels, Belgium for an archive image taken 50 years ago.

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NET Community Star tram named for next 12 months

222 – one of two trams designated for special namings each year in Nottingham – is now honouring two of the city’s unsung heroes following a naming ceremony on 9th March. The 2018 NET Community Star Award winners are Tim … Continue reading

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Main Blackpool extension works to start next month

It seems to have been a long time coming but the main works for the short extension of the Blackpool Tramway up Talbot Road to Blackpool North railway station will start next month, it has been confirmed. So far general … Continue reading

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Metrolink Monsters unleashed!

A new campaign to encourage good and deter bad behaviour has been launched on Manchester Metrolink – Metrolink Monsters! The new advertising campaign will appear at stops, adverts inside the trams, across social media and on a special website at … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We head north of the border for this week’s photos:

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Midland Metro driver retires after 20 years service

Tuesday 6th March was the end of an era on Midland Metro as Balbir Singh retired after nearly 20 years of driving along the route between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

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Picture in Time: Docklands Light Railway 24+40

The Docklands Light Railway is the subject of Picture in Time today as we go back to a view of the old Stratford station in 2004.

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