Monthly Archives: January 2019

Power supply problems on Supertram

Thursday 31st January has proven to be a bad day for Stagecoach Supertram with disruption to both the Tram-Train service and the Blue route thanks to two separate overhead line issues – one on the railway section of the Tram-Train … Continue reading

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Tree brings a halt to West Midlands Metro services

A large tree across the tracks between Dudley Street and Dartmouth Street on Sunday 27th January saw West Midlands Metro services disrupted for several hours whilst it was removed and safety checks made to check for any possible damage to … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Glasgow 1198

We head back into the archives today with the first of three photos taken around Glasgow’s Coplawhill Works in 1962 just as the final trams were being prepared ready for scrapping.

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In Pictures: Snow hits Manchester – and overhead support wire breaks

The first real snowfall of this winter has hit Manchester with services suffering delays throughout the day – not helped by an overhead support wire snapping close to Victoria meaning that all services through the city centre have had to … Continue reading

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An advert free tram in Edinburgh!

For the first time since July 2018 there is a tram running in Edinburgh advert free! The tram noted sans adverts is 251 which has become the third tram to lose its C R Smith adverts (these were the Cumbernauld … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Balloon 713 tours the tramway for Branch Line Society

Saturday 26th January was not only the first day of the first Winter Gold weekend of 2019 in Blackpool but also saw a special tour take place for the Branch Line Society utilising B fleet Balloon 713 – plus Engineering … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Jubilee 761 & Balloon 707

After a couple of weeks of “sorry we don’t know what the trams are” we are back to being able to identify the trams in this weeks Blackpool Picture in Time image. They are Jubilee 761 and Balloon 707.

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Pay as you Go Pop cards show their popularity on Tyne and Wear Metro

The continuing revolution in ticketing on public transport sees no signs of abating with the news that Nexus’ Pay As You Go Pop cards reached a record 1.5 million journeys on the Tyne and Wear Metro during 2018. The flexibility … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Volk’s Electric Railway Visitor Centre

Part of the Saving Volk’s project was the creation of a new visitor centre for the line to give a bit of background behind the history of the longstanding railway which runs along Brighton seafront. In this pictorial we take … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Tenerife Tram 18

Another image taken on the Canary Islands today as we feature Tenerife Tram once more.

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Transport Secretary backs Metrolink expansion – in words anyway

Chris Grayling, the much criticised Transport Secretary, has backed plans to expand Manchester Metrolink (as revealed as part of the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s recent long-term transport strategy) in a visit to the region. A share commitment between the Department … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Another small Photo Gallery from December 2018 has now been added to the main website:

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Picture in Time: Tyne & Wear Metro 4014

Since opening in 1980 the Tyne and Wear Metro has featured one depot at South Gosforth which has been home to the whole fleet of 90 trains which operate the service across the network. In today’s look back at the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 399 205 failure causes Supertram delays

Services on the Yellow routes of Stagecoach Supertram were severely disrupted on Friday 25th January after Citylink 399 205 failed at Hillsborough. The fault on the tram-train was so severe that it was not possible to repair on site and … Continue reading

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Cross Party campaign launched to stop Edinburgh Trams extension

A new cross party campaign – led by members of Unite the union and including councillors from the Conservative Party, Scottish Socialist Party, independents as well as local businesses – has been launched in Edinburgh to try and stop the … Continue reading

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Week-long closure on Tramlink for bridge works

London Tramlink services on the Beckenham Junction and Elmers End lines will be suspended between Saturday 16th and Sunday 24th February to allow for the start of work to replace a bridge over the tracks between the stops at Blackhorse … Continue reading

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Overhead line problems for Tyne & Wear Metro

No sooner had we published a report on the latest performance figures for the Tyne and Wear Metro with mention of overhead problems then another similar problem happens on the network causing widespread suspension on Thursday 24th January.

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Ten trams an hour for Ashton

As reported late last year the tram service through to Ashton-under-Lyne will be doubled from Monday 28th January with the extension of the MediaCityUK to Etihad Campus service throughout the day. Trams will now run every six minutes to Ashton … Continue reading

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Punctuality on the up for Tyne & Wear Metro

Some positive news to report from the Tyne and Wear Metro where after a couple of consecutive four week periods where punctuality had dipped to 68% it is now on the rise again with the latest period showing the figure … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Leeds 602

A very popular tram – part of the static collection at Crich nowadays of course – with enthusiasts is Leeds 602 and that is the tram which features in today’s look into the photographic archives.

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