Monthly Archives: November 2018

Lancashire County Council respond to Trams to Lytham petition

A petition urging support for a plan to extend the Blackpool Tramway into the South Fylde (including Lytham and St Annes) has recently closed with more than 3,8000 signatories backing the plans. The petition was launched by Trams to Lytham … Continue reading

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Another collision between Tram-Train and road vehicle in Sheffield

Stagecoach Supertram services to Meadowhall and on the Tram-Train service to Rotherham Parkgate have been suspended after a second major collision between a Tram-Train and road vehicle – this comes just five weeks after the first. The collision happened at … Continue reading

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Demolition work starts on Strathallan Depot

No sooner had Tynwald approved the plans (and funding) for the reconstruction of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway’s depot at Strathallan than the bulldozers had moved in to start demolishing the current life expired building. Work started on Monday 26th … Continue reading

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20 heads home to Birkenhead

It ran just five times with passengers but the loan of Birkenhead 20 to Blackpool is now officially over with the tram returning to its home town and the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway. 20 made the trip back to Merseyside on … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: South Yorkshire Supertram Nunnery Depot

The final edition of Picture in Time for 2018 sees us heading to South Yorkshire once more for an image taken in the formative days of the system of Nunnery Depot.

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Santa Claus is coming to Edinburgh Trams!

We are used to seeing Santa Specials on various heritage tramways but a much rarer event is that of a Santa Special on a normal operating tramway but for one day only this year Edinburgh Trams will be running a … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Flower power for M5000 3014

Its another day and another article on the application of a new vinyl wrap on a tram in Manchester! This time around the tram involved is 3014 which has received a very floral design for American Express and their campaign … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Trams staff vote in favour of striking

Possible strikes on Edinburgh Trams – which would likely take place in the lead up to Christmas and the Hogmanay period – have moved a step forward with members of the Unite union voting overwhelmingly in favour of action in … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool & Fleetwood 2

In this instalment of Picture in Time we are back at Crich for an image from the earlier days of the museum, at a time when Wakebridge was the terminus.

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In Pictures: Batteries installed on 35

The battery revolution on the West Midlands Metro is continuing with the next tram to have received them – the sixth of the class – being 35. The CAF built tram has not yet entered service but has been spotted … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Work continues on Blackpool North extension

One of three tramways currently seeing construction works underway for a new line (Manchester Metrolink and West Midlands Metro the others) and the one which may see public services first is that for the Blackpool North station extension and good … Continue reading

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Communications failure causing Metro suspension

A Saturday morning in the lead up to Christmas is normally a time when public transport in major cities can except to be very busy as people head out to do their shopping. Alas on Saturday 24th November anyone wanting … Continue reading

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Nominations open for Tram of the Year!

Yes, it is once again that time of year – the time when we start the process of anointing the new winners of the British Trams Online Tram of the Year contest! Last year the winners were Douglas Bay Horse … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

We have another couple of Photo Galleries as part of this week’s main site update:

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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro Birmingham Westside extension

We recently took a look at the West Midlands Metro extension works at the Wolverhampton end of the line and today we head to the other end of the line for some views of recent progress on the extension at … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Rotterdam 831

We head to the Netherlands for this final look at trams from around the world this year with the city of Rotterdam the subject of our attention.

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In Pictures: Cambridge Street Tramways 7 – approaching completion

It is a tram which provided a mystery as to just where it had come from in the initial stages of restoration at the Ipswich Transport Museum but Cambridge Street Tramways 7 is now approaching the end of its work … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Wolverhampton City Centre extension construction

As we’ve reported over the past few months there is currently West Midlands Metro extension works ongoing at both ends of the current line and in this article Martin Miller brings us a pictorial update on what is happening in … Continue reading

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Wirral Waters tram scheme back in the offing?

Many of you will remember at the start of this decade an ambitious plan to extend the current Birkenhead Heritage Tramway to the proposed Wirral Waters development with several redundant Blackpool trams purchased to be converted for operation on this … Continue reading

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Tynwald approves Strathallan Depot reconstruction plans – and future of the horse trams secured too

Strathallan Depot – home of the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway trams – future is secure following the approval by Tynwald of the reconstruction of the structure to a condition that will closely replicate the original 1902 building. At the same … Continue reading

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