Monthly Archives: July 2018

In Pictures: Blue is the colour as West Midlands Metro new livery unveiled

Some three weeks after Midland Metro became West Midlands Metro the new livery has been unveiled and it would be fair to say its very blue! Battery fitted 31 is the tram which has received the vinyls first off with … Continue reading

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Man suffers serious injuries after becoming trapped under tram

A man suffered life threatening injuries after becoming trapped under a tram in Oldham Town Centre in the early hours of Saturday 7th July. The incident happened close to the tramstop at Oldham Central at approximately 0020 with no details … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Two more Photo Galleries for you this week including a British Trams Online debut:

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West Midlands Metro extensions approach next stage of construction

Currently of all the tram systems in the UK the one which is about to undergo the biggest expansion is West Midlands Metro with work underway on two lines – and more to come in the forthcoming years – at … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Great Orme Tramway

Today we take a trip to North Wales for a couple of different than usual images from the Great Orme Tramway.

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Safety warning in Manchester over tram surfing incidents

“Tram surfing” – where people hang on the back of trams or in some cases on the couplers between two trams – is an activity which has been popular with youths across the UK for a long time. But after … Continue reading

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Ratchet Car 14 makes its first moves on the mainline

For just over three years Ratchet Car 14 has been enjoying a major restoration jointly done by paid staff from Isle of Man Railways and volunteers and now the culmination of the project is rapidly approaching with the tram making … Continue reading

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In Pictures: First track laid on Blackpool North Station extension

A major milestone has been reached in the project to extend the Blackpool Tramway up Talbot Road to Blackpool North Railway Station – the first new rails have been laid as the project continue to make progress with Blackpool Council … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Track laying in Wolverhampton

We reported a few days ago about the start of tracklaying in Wolverhampton City Centre for the extension of West Midlands Metro and now we can bring you photos of the latest progress on this work. This is just one … Continue reading

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Balloon cars to dominate Fleetwood Tram Sunday

The annual Fleetwood Festival of Transport – more commonly known as Tram Sunday – takes place this year on Sunday 15th July, and as usual Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will be providing a bumper service between Pleasure Beach and Fisherman’s … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Bendigo Trams 610

We are going down under for this edition of our world trip of trams with a visit to Bendigo in Australia.

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In Preview: Manx Heritage Transport Festival 2018

For obvious reasons a lot of attention has gone towards the September events for the 125th Anniversary of the Manx Electric Railway this year but let’s not forget that the annual Manx Heritage Transport Festival also takes place with the … Continue reading

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More overhead woes on West Midlands Metro

Copy and paste here…Well, that is exactly how it feels at the moment as there have been more problems with the overhead of the West Midlands Metro today (Wednesday 11th July) causing yet more issues for regular and irregular travellers … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Adverts complete in Edinburgh

It was obviously only going to be a matter of time but all 27 trams in Edinburgh now have external adverts in the standard pattern of full height vinyls of the third and fifth section and above window ads on … Continue reading

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‘Princess Alice’ appeal goes online!

Following a number of requests, the Fylde Tramway Society have today launched an online platform to raise money for its recently announced ‘Princess Alice’ 706 Restoration Appeal. Fans of this iconic Blackpool tram can now donate towards the appeal at

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Repairs completed as normal service is resumed

Normal service was finally resumed on West Midlands Metro shortly after 1800 on Tuesday 10th July following the completion of repairs to the overhead just to the north of Winson Green Outer Circle stop. As we reported yesterday a fault … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Docklands Light Railway 02+14

Our archive photo series continues today with a trip to London’s Docklands for a picture on the DLR in 2004.

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Strike starts in Sheffield after revised pay offer refused

A severely reduced service has run on Stagecoach Supertram on Monday 9th July with the first of a series of days of strike action taking place over the latest pay offer to drivers and conductors. Showing their usual disregard for … Continue reading

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Frequent heritage trams to Fleetwood on 14th July

The day before the annual Fleetwood Tram Sunday event was a big highlight of 2017 for fans of Blackpool’s heritage tram service, with an intensive heritage service to Fleetwood in operation – and this is set to be repeated, even … Continue reading

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It’s happened again – more overhead problems on West Midlands Metro

Long suffering commuters on West Midlands Metro are having to change trams once again to complete their journeys with yet more overhead line problems. The issue has again happened close to Handsworth Booth Street, although it isn’t known whether this … Continue reading

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