Monthly Archives: May 2018

In Pictures: Latest phase of Supertram track renewal starts

The first phase of the 2018 track renewal works on Stagecoach are now underway with track on the Yellow route between Hillsborough and Middlewood due to replaced in the period until mid-June. Starting on Saturday 26th May all Yellow route … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Old tram track found in Blackpool

As work continues on preparation for the construction of the short extension of the Blackpool Tramway up Talbot Road to North Station some long buried tram track has recently been discovered as these photos from Glyn Hill show.

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Picture in Time: Sunderland 100

We go black and white again for this instalment of Picture in Time although they are fairly modern images showing Sunderland 100 on one of its first test runs and also later when it received an advertising livery.

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In Pictures: Brush 630 returns to service at Crich

Blackpool Brush Railcoach 630 has returned to service at Crich – just a few days after it had returned from its winter break in Blackpool. 630 was rostered for service on Sunday 27th May during the Beside the Seaside event, … Continue reading

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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway 42 back on the Prom

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway Toastrack 42 is back in service following the completion of its major overhaul/refurbishment at the Manx Electric Railway’s Derby Castle shed. It ran in service for the first time on Wednesday 30th May showing off its … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Sheffield 513 goes all the way at Carlton Colville

Since arriving at the East Anglia Transport Museum Sheffield 513 had been unable to travel the full length of the line because of its large wheelspan meaning the track alignment was too sharp for the tram to negotiate to reach … Continue reading

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In Pictures: First Boat to Fleetwood of 2018!

It may seem hard to believe, but we have just enjoyed TWO warm and sunny Bank Holiday weekends in May! Blackpool in particular was blessed with glorious weather both times and naturally this has made the intensive heritage service all … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Croydon Tramlink 2548

Today we go back to before Croydon Tramlink started to operate public services with a photo taken during the testing and commissioning period.

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A brighter future for Standard 143

After a wait of many years, positive steps are finally being taken towards getting the long-term restoration of Blackpool Standard 143 completed. The tram remains in the ownership of the Fylde Transport Trust (formerly the Lancastrian Transport Trust) – however, … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A normal day at Beamish

A tramway which hasn’t been featured much recently on British Trams Online is that which transports visitors around Beamish: The Living Museum of the North. Since Blackpool Standard 147 returned to the northwest the tramway has relied on the home … Continue reading

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Fare increases on the way in Blackpool

This is another of those “certainties in life” posts – fares on Blackpool Transport’s trams and buses are to go up from Sunday 3rd June with an increase in operating costs being used as justification for their change. From this … Continue reading

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New warning light in Laxey

As part of a continued programme of attempting to improve road safety around the Manx Electric Railway new flashing amber lights have now been installed in Laxey. The new system warns road users of oncoming trams approaching from the direction … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 719

Staying in the early 1990s Picture in Time continues with this photo taken at Bispham.

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New zonal fares set to be introduced on Metrolink?

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) are currently considering what are being described as “radical changes” to fares and ticketing on Manchester Metrolink which would see a new simpler, flexible four zone system introduced across the network. This is said … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Progress continues on new look Seaton terminus

The ambitious opening date of Easter may have been and gone but work is continuing on the construction work at Seaton on the all new modern terminus as preparations for the return of services the full length of the line … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

A small and early update for you this week:

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More batteries now being fitted on Midland Metro

The third Urbos3 tram to be fitted with batteries is 36, which is currently having the work completed on site at Wednesbury Depot. Eventually all of the trams will be fitted in preparation for future sections of the network which … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Now you can spot the difference with 111 and 118!

When the adverts for Pretty Little were applied to two trams on Stagecoach Supertram it was a case of which one is which with the only difference being the fleet numbers. But for now at least it is easier … Continue reading

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Awards for Midland Metro Alliance

The Midland Metro Alliance have recently one two awards at the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands Awards, including one for the track relaying project along Bilston Road in Wolverhampton.

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