Monthly Archives: December 2018

In Pictures: And the batteries keep on coming

No sooner had 35 become the latest West Midlands Metro Urbos 3 to enter service with batteries than attention has turned towards the seventh of the 21 strong class. This time the tram chosen is the other named tram – … Continue reading

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Free trams back for Hogmanay in Edinburgh

Once again – for the third year in succession – all night free trams will run in Edinburgh to help move the crowds during the Hogmanay celebrations. The trams will in the early hours of the new year between midnight … Continue reading

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September Review – Crich: No. 7 – Leeds Trams

The current operational fleet at Crich consists of three trams which plied their trade in West Yorkshire on Leeds Corporation Tramways. These are 180, 345 and 399 and they all feature in today’s look back at Simply Trams.

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 13 – Wagons in service

Throughout its earlier history the MER was not just concerned with the transportation of passengers but also goods and mail. To this end a number of wagons and vans were built for use and over the past few years several … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Prom tramway meets Talbot Road tracks!

As we briefly mentioned in our story yesterday about the testing of Coronation 304 the Blackpool Tramway is currently seeing single line working between North Pier and Cabin to allow the Blackpool North Station extension to be joined up to … Continue reading

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Former Aberdeen tram grounded – what future does it have?

We have previously featured the former Aberdeen Suburban Tramways no. 11 – which has been converted to a carriage for use on the Alford Valley Railway – on these pages but the ex-tram has been grounded since earlier this year … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 6 – Balloon 701

The oldest of the Balloon Cars to be an official member of the heritage tram fleet (700 doesn’t count as it is a B fleet Balloon which just happens to be more or less solely used as a heritage tram!) … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 12 – The Oldest Tram in the World

There aren’t many trams in the British Isles which can lay claim to having an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records but the original MER motors can do so. They are officially the oldest trams in the world … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 35 returns to service with batteries

Tuesday 11th December also saw another tram return to action, this time it was West Midlands Metro 35 which ran in passenger service for the first time since it had batteries fitted. This is the sixth battery fitted tram to … Continue reading

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A Coronation on the Prom

Anyone in Blackpool on Tuesday 11th December may be forgiven for thinking they were seeing things as for the first time in over two years a Coronation Car was seen on the Prom with 304 the lucky tram as its … Continue reading

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September Review – Crich: No. 6 – Blackpool & Fleetwood Rack 2

An unexpected tram in use during Simply Trams was Blackpool & Fleetwood Rack 2 with the tram having previously been withdrawn from service requiring a space in the workshop. But with the tram itself being 120 years old – and … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 11 – Ratchet 14 is back!

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of the MER 125 events was the return to action of Ratchet Car 14 following the completion of its restoration. Having last run in passenger service in 1978 (and works use two years later), the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Latest images from Pinfold Street, Birmingham

With work continuing on extension construction work on three different systems – Blackpool, Manchester and West Midlands Metro – we take a look at recent progress at the Birmingham end of West Midlands Metro where there has been a concentration … Continue reading

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September Review – Blackpool: No. 5 – Illuminated Trams

Blackpool’s Illuminated trams have always turned heads when they come into their own during the annual Illumination season from September until November each year. The operational Illuminated tram fleet currently consists of three trams – Western Train, Frigate and Trawler … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No.10 – Winter Saloons in action

They have been the mainstay of the Manx Electric Railway ever since they were delivered in 1899 and the chances are that if you visit the line on a normal day it will be dominated by this class of motor. … Continue reading

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A chance to save the second surviving Brighton tram

Over the past few years the Brighton Tram 53 Society have been working on restoring the sole surviving passenger tram from the Brighton system – but that is not the only tram from Brighton which actually survives as Works car … Continue reading

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September Review – Crich: No. 5 – Wakebridge The Terminus!

As part of the event at the start of the day trams only ran as far as Wakebridge as 2018 marked the 40th anniversary that the line to Glory Mine was opened. In today’s look back at September’s events we … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams – the antlers are spreading!

Edinburgh Trams are really going for it this Christmas with the antler vinyls being added to more trams – and more trams are also receiving reindeer names! As we revealed earlier this month 276 was used on the Gyle Santa … Continue reading

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September Review – Isle of Man: No. 9 – Trailers to the forefront

Most of the time when photos of the Manx Electric Railway are featured our attention is turned towards the motor but in this article it is the trailer which is in the foreground.

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This week on British Trams Online

A trio of Photo Galleries have been added this week as part of the main site update:

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