Monthly Archives: January 2019

Balloon 715 to visit workshops as progress made on Railcoach 279

It has been confirmed that Blackpool Balloon 715 is to visit the workshops at Rigby Road to refresh its appearance for 2019 whilst a fellow Fylde Transport Trust – Railcoach 279 – continues to progress at Brinwell Road ahead of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New advert for Edinburgh 262

No sooner had we reported on a new advert in Manchester then Edinburgh follows suit with 262 losing its vinyls for C R Smith allowing a new advert for Macdonald Hotels & Resorts and the Paul Tamburrini restaurant (on either … Continue reading

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First new advert of 2019 in Manchester

It didn’t take long did it? The first new vinyl wrap advert on Manchester Metrolink of 2019 has appeared with 3072 receiving its very first advertising livery with the sponsor being Totaljobs. Once again extensive contravision does feature on the … Continue reading

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Heaton Park Tramway launch new website with first details of 2019

The Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester, which it shouldn’t be forgotten is the one true preserved tramway in the country, have marked the start of a new year with a brand new website which also contains the first details of … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Fleetwood Ferry

The number of photos taken on Fleetwood Esplanade of trams either at the old Fleetwood Ferry loading stops or just passing by on their way back to Blackpool is probably in the millions by now and today that is the … Continue reading

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A makeover for London Transport 1622

As reported previously on this website, London Transport 1622 has recently moved into the workshop at Crich Tramway Village for preparations to be made for an overhaul which will allow the tram to return to regular service. This will include … Continue reading

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Automatic tram braking system to be introduced on Tramlink in 2019

Transport for London have confirmed that all trams on the London Tramlink will be fully fitted with an automatic braking system by the end of this year – a first for UK tramways which also means that all RAIB recommendations … Continue reading

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Men jailed over Metrolink ticket machine thefts

Three men have been jailed for a total of over 10 years for their part in thefts from ticket machines on Manchester Metrolink at the end of 2017. 25 machines were broken into on six separate occasions with more than … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Tenerife Tram 12

Heading back around the world for another year of images from tramways outside of the British Isles our first stop is in Tenerife where over the next few weeks we will be taking a look at a few of the … Continue reading

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Depot Open Day to return to Blackpool as more special events revealed

For the first time since 2010 a full depot open day – as opposed to depot tours – will be taking place at Blackpool’s Rigby Road Depot with a heritage tram shuttle from North Pier and the chance to see … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

The first new photo collection added this year is included in this week’s main site update:

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A trio of wins for Manx Electric Railway in Tram of the Year!

To be fair it was always likely to be a case of how big the win would be in the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2018 and so it turned out with the Manx Electric Railway winning three … Continue reading

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Aberdeen 15 returns home for restoration

The new year is not even two weeks old and we can report on an exciting development for heritage trams with the movement of Aberdeen Corporation Transport 15 from Dundee to Alford for a start to be made on its … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Tyne & Wear Metro 4026

Not previously featured in this series is the Tyne and Wear Metro until today that is! For the next few weeks we will be looking at some archive images from the Metro which has been serving the area since 1980.

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Branch Line Society to tour the Blackpool Tramway

The Branch Line Society are well known for their unique tours mainly on the national rail network but they do also sometimes dip into trams including a couple of tours recently at Crich which have covered practically every inch of … Continue reading

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Ambitious plans for major expansion of tram and tram-train in Greater Manchester

This week has seen the release of Greater Manchester’s ambitious plans for the “city-region’s” future and tucked amongst the various documents is major plans to improve transport in the area. This will include further Metrolink extensions and also the start … Continue reading

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Failsafe brakes must be installed on Snaefell ahead of 2019 season

It has now transpired that the Health and Safety at Work Inspectorate have ordered the Department of Infrastructure to fit failsafe brakes onto the trams of the Snaefell Mountain Railway before the 2019 season can start. The news has only … Continue reading

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Metrolink punctuality goes up then down

We’re a little bit behind reporting on Manchester Metrolink’s performance statistics with the latest two reports now out with these two periods covering the time between 14th October and 8th December. In these periods there was a slight improvement in … Continue reading

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Regular behind the scenes tours at Seaton’s Riverside Depot in 2019

A new innovation for 2019 at the Seaton Tramway will the chance to see behind the scenes at Riverside Depot with regular tours taking place throughout the year, including a tram ride between Seaton and the depot. As it may … Continue reading

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RAIB get involved over lorry/car v tram-train incidents

Although initially saying that there were no lessons to be learnt following the collision between a lorry and a tram-train on the opening day of services to Rotherham Parkgate back in October the RAIB have now written to Sheffield City … Continue reading

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