Monthly Archives: September 2018

Revised designs for Edinburgh Trams extension to be unveiled

The major consultation exercise over the proposed extension of Edinburgh Trams to Newhaven is continuing at a pace with another series of drop-in events set to take place revealing some revisions to the design of the layout of the line. … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We continue coverage from the Isle of Man and the Manx Electric Railway 125th Anniversary events:

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Event Review: A stunning Cavalcade as MER celebrates its birthday in style

It was 7th September 1893 that the Manx Electric Railway opened between Derby Castle and Groudle and exactly 125 years later celebrations to mark the occasion reached their zenith with a stunning Cavalcade of 14 motors, 12 passenger trailers, 2 … Continue reading

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Event Review: MER goes back to its beginnings and 1975

Days five and six of the 125th Anniversary events saw the Manx Electric Railway look back with Wednesday 5th seeing Groudle shuttle with the original trams 1 and 2 (plus 3!) in action whilst Thursday 6th it was back to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Grimsby & Immingham 26 under overhaul

Having been withdrawn from service for a start to be made on its overhaul in January 2016 Grimsby & Immingham 26 – or Gateshead 10 as it will be again once the work is completed – is still under attention … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Standard 159

Today Picture in Time heads off to East Anglia for a view of a long standing member of the operational tram fleet – Blackpool Standard 159.

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RAIB release results of investigation into Supertram speeding incident

The RAIB have concluded that a driver of a tram in Sheffield who approached Middlewood terminus on 19th July 2018 at a too high a speed – causing injuries to two passengers and a door to open slightly – had … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New location of fleet numbers on Edinburgh Trams

Ever since Edinburgh Trams started applying adverts there has been the issue of the fact the adverts have covered the main fleet number, making identification of the trams in the traditional three quarter photo difficult. However, in recent months some … Continue reading

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Is the future of Supertram in doubt?

Since 1994 Sheffield has enjoyed the benefits of a tramway following the start of service on the Supertram network but the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) have now warned that unless £230 million worth of funding can be secured … Continue reading

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Day of celebrations to mark last use of historic horse tramway alignment

Sunday 21st October will be a historic day for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway as it is due to be the last day the current full double track alignment between Derby Castle and the Sea Terminal will be in use. … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Progress on North Station extension

Work to extend the Blackpool Tramway the short distance up Talbot Road to Blackpool North Railway Station is continuing with the first new track now in situ although there is also still evidence of some of the old tram track … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Docklands Light Railway 96+01

A trip to London’s Docklands for this edition of Picture in Time with an image of two of the B2K units in service back in 2004.

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In Pictures: Metrolink Trafford Park line construction progress

Work on constructing the Manchester Metrolink extension to Trafford Park is continuing at a good pace with various worksites along the length of the line. We reported earlier this month on the installation of a bridge across the Bridgewater Canal … Continue reading

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Douglas Bay Horse Tramway to end 2018 season early

It has been confirmed that the 2018 operating season on the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway will end earlier than planned with the last trams now due to run on Sunday 21st October. It had originally been planned that trams would … Continue reading

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Event Review: Anniversary Spectacular – Blackpool Tramway, 22nd & 23rd September

The biggest event for Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours each year takes place on the third weekend of September – the Anniversary Spectacular. As usual the 2018 event saw an intensive tram service – including non-timetabled specials – across the whole … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Chesterfield 8 enjoys a day out

Saturday 22nd September saw a rare trip away from Crich for horse drawn tram Chesterfield 8 when it visited Nottingham for the day to help celebrate the 140th anniversary of Nottingham City Transport. A special event was held in Old … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Belle 731

We head back into the archives for today’s Picture in Time image with a view of the very first illuminated feature car built to carry passengers – the Blackpool Belle.

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Shadow running underway on Tram-Train pilot

Full shadow running of the UK Tram-Train pilot between Sheffield and Rotherham has now commenced, bringing the start of services ever closer (hopefully!) As on all new lines the standard service due to operate is being operated without passengers to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Another look at Ipswich Transport Museum

The Ipswich Transport Museum is the home to two trams – one electric tram from the city’s tram system and a horse car from Cambridge. We have featured both trams extensively over the past year or so and here again … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Summerlee Tramway in action

In this article we take a quick look at the trams of Summerlee with images taken during a visit on Saturday 15th September. On this day most services were in the hands of the open topper Lanarkshire 53 with Dusseldorf … Continue reading

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